Geographic Information Systems Officer

Geographic information systems officers design, develop and customise geographic information systems and provide technical and analytical support to address issues such as environmental management, exploration and mining, land ownership and titles, urban and regional planning, utilities and asset management, and demographic marketing.

Duties & Tasks

Geographic information systems officers may perform the following tasks:

  • manipulate and analyse data such as geographic and land information source maps and survey data
  • link spatial data for land administration purposes
  • develop and customise computer programmes used in geographic information systems (GIS)
  • prepare, edit and revise cartographic output for the preparation, reproduction and publication of maps.

Working conditions

The cartographic and analytical output produced by geographic information systems officers is used to aid in the efficient management and use of land assets within Australia.

Personal requirements

  • able to analyse and solve problems
  • good communication and computing skills
  • interested in the environment
  • able to produce detailed and accurate work
  • able to work as part of a team.



A cartographer designs, prepares and revises maps, charts, plans, three-dimensional models and spatial information databases, often using computer-based techniques and applying principles from science, mathematics and graphic design. Cartographers apply these elements to represent, analyse and manage essential spatial information that services the mining, mineral exploration, mapping, marketing, web publishing, regional planning and environmental management industries.

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