FSDF Project Plan

ONE ANZ Foundation Spatial Data Framework -Project Implementation Plan


On 21 Nov 2012, ANZLIC launched the One Australian and New Zealand Foundation Spatial Data Framework (FSDF) which provides a national approach to managing government spatial information. The FSDF, when implemented, will be accessible to all users of spatial information including government, industry, research and academic sectors as well as the general public.

One ANZ Foundation Spatial Data Framework [PDF 938KB] [DOC 2 MB]

ANZLIC—the Spatial Information Council, representing the Australian and New Zealand Governments, and the governments of the States and Territories of Australia, has initiated a project to deliver the FSDF. The Office of Spatial Policy within the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism is responsible for this project and the key elements of the project plan are laid out below.

Strategic Objective

ANZLIC’s vision for the FSDF is that foundation spatial data will become ubiquitous in all sectors of both the Australian and New Zealand economies.  When realised, the use of a common framework, which is embedded into the everyday business of government and private sector entities alike, will allow for seamless exchange of information and knowledge across organisational, sectoral and jurisdictional boundaries.

For each of the Foundation Spatial Data Themes this project will create:

  • detailed theme specifications
  • data product specifications
  • supporting policy documentation
  • implementation work packages; and
  • proposed future business processes.

Key Stakeholders

Organisations listed below represent specific communities that will have an active participation in this project.
This project will rely heavily on stakeholders outreach and promotion to push information out through their respective networks.

Key Stakeholders Interest             
Drew Clarke, Secretary, Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (and ANZLIC Chair) Project Sponsor
ANZLIC – the Spatial Information Council Project Owner
Governments of the States and Territories of Australia Leadership, data product provider and subject matter experts
Project Steering Committee, Core Team, Thematic Teams, etc. Project participants
PSMA Australia Leadership, Domain Expert & Custodianship
Geoscience Australia Leadership, Domain Expert & Custodianship
Bureau of Meteorology Data product provider and subject matter experts
Australian Bureau of Statistics Data product provider and subject matter experts
Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) Subject matter experts

Project Governance

ANZLIC is responsible for setting the scope of the project and providing oversight of the delivery of the project outcomes by the Project Manager.

The project has significant implications for the way that all constituent governments organise and deliver foundation spatial information, products and services delivery into the future.  The complexity of the project scope means that the project must engage a broad range of stakeholders; particularly from the industry, research and academic sectors.

Clear and effective governance arrangements are necessary to support the defined outputs being delivered in the timeframe specified. Figure 1 outlines the governance arrangements for the project.

Figure 1. FSDF Governance

Project Scope

The Project includes a number of activities that support the delivery of the theme work packages, spatial information management policy development, business process products (e.g. use cases, work-flows) and project management of the project itself.

Theme Work Packages

Two main deliverables for each theme are:

  1. A data product specification which will :
    • define the national  data product;
    • document the current status and future aspirational status of each data set in each jurisdiction;
    • Identify a comprehensive picture of user requirements;
    • Develop, test and refine the theme data product specification;
    • assign custodianship arrangements, quality and currency requirements, standards, etc.
  2. A statement of work for the data production, including:
    • A business plan for the population, maintenance and publication (service provision).
    • Legislative, policy (e.g. privacy) and access issues specific to that theme.


The ANZLIC Spatial Information Management Policies (the Policies) define a common approach to spatial information management for the FSDF. Eight Policies are identified, for development in conjunction with the themes project.

Business Process

Documentation of the business processes, organisation and operating models associated with the themes is integral to the successful delivery of this and future phases of the project. The successful implementation of a standardised business modelling approach is also key to the change management aspects of this project.

Project Management

The short timeframe of this phase of the project, the broad engagement required, limited staffing  and complexity of products are factors that drive the need to adopt an agile and federated development methodology. The Core Project Team will coordinate concentrated work effort that brings together appropriate subject matter expertise for intensive product development activities. Some activities that require specific expertise (such as the business process mapping, policy development and information modelling) will remain primarily the task of the Core Project Team.  Figure 2 outlines those parts of the project that will follow a federated development methodology.

Figure 2. Project Scope

Key Milestones and ANZLIC decision points

Figure 3 shows the project schedule, and (in the coloured diamond shapes) the decision points that will be made by ANZLIC at its regular meetings.
Note that some decisions are foreseen to be out-of-session.

Figure 3. Milestones and Decision Points