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National Centre for Social Applications of GIS (GISCA)

Under the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre (APMRC), GISCA continues to provide a wide range of consultancy services to the University of Adelaide, other Australian Universities, as well as a range of public and private sector clients.

Problem solving for clients using a GIS platform and associated techniques remains fundamental to GISCA's raison d'etre. The utilisation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology goes beyond the process of making maps, extending to the analysis of issues where an understanding of ‘location' can play an important and valuable component in organisational decision making processes.

History of GISCA

GISCA's establishment in July 1995 was funded by the Australian Research Council as a joint Key Centre venture between six core partners - the three South Australian Universities (Flinders University, University of Adelaide and University of South Australia), the Australian Bureau of Statistics, and the South Australian Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Environment and Natural Resources.

When the ARC Key centre funding ended in 2001, the joint venture ended, and GISCA continued as an independent unit within the University of Adelaide. It became part of the Australian Institute of Social Research in 2004 and in 2010 became a reseach centre within the School of Social Sciences.


The work of GISCA continues under the APMRC.

To make an enquiry about GISCA spatial consultancy services available through the APMRC, or other research initiatives that the Centre could contribute or undertake for your organisation, please email APMRC.

For more information on the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) or to purchase an ARIA product, follow the link to the ARIA webpage.


School of Social Sciences
Faculty of Arts
Napier Building
The University of Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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