A New Partnership

Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP and Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern met in Sydney on 28 February 2020 for the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting. Australia and New Zealand have agreed to partner together to rollout new satellite technology that will be able to pinpoint a location on Earth to within 10 centimetres, unlocking more than $7.5 billion in benefits for industries on both sides of the Tasman.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern committed to jointly implement a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS), to operate across Australia and New Zealand, at the Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ meeting today.

This world-leading system will improve the accuracy of GPS and other positioning services from the current five to 10 metres to as little as 10 centimetres across Australia and New Zealand without the need for mobile or internet coverage.

Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia Keith Pitt said the project, to be operating by 2023, will have significant benefits to a range of industry sectors including mining, agriculture and transport.

“We welcome New Zealand’s commitment to join Australia in rolling out this exciting new technology, which will deliver substantial economic benefits for both countries,” Minister Pitt said.

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