Satellite-Based Augmentation System Test-Bed

Geoscience Australia is working with the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information on the test-bed project which will evaluate the effectiveness of an SBAS for Australia, and build expertise within Government and industry on its transformative benefits. The project is funded through the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The project will see Australia join the USA, Europe, Russia, India and Japan who have all invested in infrastructure that delivers satellite-based corrections via an SBAS. By trialling next generation SBAS, Australia becomes a leader of SBAS technology in the Asia Pacific, particularly through the early adoption of this technology in emerging applications.

Positioning data has become fundamental to a range of applications and businesses worldwide. It increases our productivity, secures our safety and propels innovation; enables GPS on smartphones, provides safety-of-life navigation on aircraft, increases water efficiency on farms, helps to locate vessels in distress at sea, and supports intelligent navigation tools and advanced transport management systems that connect cities and regions.

In early 2017, Geoscience Australia will call for organisations from across the aviation, road, rail, maritime, spatial, construction, mining, utilities and agriculture sectors to participate in the test-bed. Information will be released via the Geoscience Australia website. To keep informed of the progress of the SBAS test-bed project, sign up to the NPI Capability newsletter.

The two-year project will test two new satellite positioning technologies including next generation SBAS and Precise Point Positioning, which will provide positioning accuracies of several decimetres and five centimetres respectively.

Start Date 
Tuesday, 21 March, 2017 to Thursday, 21 March, 2019
Estimated completion date 
Thursday, 21 March, 2019
Percentage Complete 
Program Activities 

Develop FSDF future dataset models considering registered user requirements

Start Timeframe 
2016 Q3
Delivery Timeframe 
Foundation spatial datasets are interoperable with each other.
Not Started

National Positioning Infrastructure

Dataset Type 

Positioning technology through Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has revolutionised our ability to access positioning information at the touch of a button. From smartphones to autonomous vehicles, positioning delivers value to users through increased productivity, safety and innovation. The National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) Capability led by Geoscience Australia maximises this value to the nation by enabling exceptional accuracy and reliability from a new generation of positioning systems. As part of the NPI Capability, Geoscience Australia is also leading a nation-wide test project of a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS).

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Main Funding Sources 
Point of Contact 
Access and Licensing 
Mandate Comment 
As the Australian Government agency responsible for national positioning, Geoscience Australia facilitates technical and policy coordination on data and service standards, spectrum management, capability development, multilateral cooperation and legal traceability of position.
Input datasets 
VIC Vicmap Position- GPSnet
WA CORS network
Positioning Infrastructure
Output datasets 
National Geospatial Reference system
Satellite-Based Augmentation System Test-Bed
Agency/Working Group or Committee 
Task Output 

An SBAS will overcome the current gaps in our mobile and radio communications and, when combined with on-ground operational infrastructure and services, will ensure that accurate positioning information can be received anytime and anywhere within Australia.