Trial of accurate positioning

A trial of accurate positioning technology, known as the SBAS test-bed project, assessed the economic, social and environmental benefits of improved positioning technology through a range of projects. These have tested how SBAS can improve existing technologies, or give rise to new innovation, across the economy. The SBAS Test-bed included 27 demonstrator projects across ten industry sectors including agriculture, aviation, construction, consumer, resources, road, rail, maritime, mining and water utilities.

This was led by Geoscience Australia in partnership with the New Zealand Government’s Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and managed by FrontierSI (formerly CRCSI).

The SBAS test transmission services

The test transmission service that was part of the SBAS test-bed project is no longer available. This service was intended for testing and development purposes only and was not intended to be a permanent SBAS for the region. We anticipate a similar test transmission service to resume in 2022 at the latest, and this will be developed to become a fully operational and certified SBAS for Australia and New Zealand by 2025. The new system will be called the Southern Positioning Augmentation Network.

The economic benefits

To evaluate the effectiveness and application of an operational SBAS, an economic benefits analysis was conducted. Accurate and reliable positioning has an expected value of $7.6 billion over 30 years for Australia and New Zealand based on tested applications. General benefits of an operational SBAS include wider coverage, enhanced accuracy, signal integrity and reduced commercial costs and infrastructure investment.

The independent economic benefits analysis report by EY is available at

Expected value of $6.2 billion for Australia, $1.4 billion for New Zealand and a total of $7.6 billion for both countries over 30 years. SBAS has economic benefits across a range of sectors (Australia and New Zealand): Agriculture - $2.2 billion; Aviation - $404 million; Construction - $1.2 billion; Consumer – $34 million; Maritime - $588 million; Resources - $1.58 billion; Rail - $193 million; Road - $1.1 billion; Water utilities - $277 million

Demonstrator projects