Note: Common Ground has now been superseded by Pozi Connect for M1s. We've taken everything we've learned about M1s and built a solution that eliminates the manual handling. The stand-alone data processing tool does the work for you by directly comparing your rates system against Vicmap, automatically generating your M1s and improving your match rate from day one. Best of all, it doesn't require MapInfo. Read more about it here.

Common Ground

What is Common Ground?

Common Ground is a tool for Victorian councils that frees Rates and GIS staff from time-consuming ‘M1 maintenance’.


Common Ground is a MapInfo plugin that provides the missing link between your council’s rating system and Vicmap Property, enabling you to quickly and accurately update, correct and track changes to its property map base, without the need for specialised staff.

You waste less time, know that the changes you submit are the right ones, and reduce your risk of supplying wrong information to other authorities such as emergency services.

How Does Common Ground Work?

With Common Ground’s intuitive graphical interface, every edit you ever need to make to your property map base is only a few mouse-clicks away.

Common Ground presents you with plain-English options to choose from, then fills in all the necessary ID numbers, addresses, coordinates and edit codes for you.

Common Ground:

  • fills in all the necessary M1 attributes – you don’t need to type or copy and paste PFIs, address attributes or coordinates
  • automatically assigns the correct edit code
  • internally handles complex relationships such as multi-assessments, multi-parcel properties, multi-lot parcels, multiple addresses and proposed properties
  • automatically verifies all edits, greatly reducing the risk of rejections
  • checks the map base for retired and invalid property numbers, address discrepancies, non-contiguous properties and other anomalies
  • displays your pending edits as a map layer in your GIS, allowing you to easily track the progress of all property updates
  • allows multiple simultaneous users to contribute edits

What Rating Systems Does Common Ground Support?

  • Infor Pathway
  • TechnologyOne P&R/Proclaim
  • AusSoft Property.GOV
  • Fujitsu 2000Plus
  • Lynx Rating Manager
  • Civica Authority
  • IT Vision SynergySoft

How Can I See Common Ground In Action?

Contact Simon O’Keefe at Groundtruth Mapping Systems for a demonstration of Common Ground at your council.

Who’s Using Common Ground?

  • Monash City Council
  • City of Casey
  • Moonee Valley City Council
  • Glen Eira City Council
  • Hobsons Bay City Council
  • Maribyrnong City Council
  • Moreland City Council
  • Maroondah City Council
  • Kingston City Council
  • Frankston City Council
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Greater Shepparton City Council
  • Mildura Rural City Council
  • Swan Hill Rural City Council
  • Horsham Rural City Council
  • Ararat Rural City Council
  • Alpine Shire Council
  • Baw Baw Shire Council
  • Cardinia Shire Council
  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • Mitchell Shire Council
  • Moorabool Shire Council
  • Buloke Shire Council
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Gannawarra Shire Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council
  • Golden Plains Shire Council
  • Hepburn Shire Council
  • Hindmarsh Shire Council
  • Indigo Shire Council
  • Loddon Shire Council
  • Mansfield Shire Council
  • Moira Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Mount Alexander Shire Council
  • Murrindindi Shire Council
  • South Gippsland Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Strathbogie Shire Council
  • Surf Coast Shire Council
  • West Wimmera Shire Council