Digital Topographic Data

Our topographic data is available for use in GIS applications, in the following scales which reflect their level of accuracy and best scale for use. The smaller the scale (i.e. 1:250 000 is a smaller scale than 1:100 000), the fewer features are depicted in the data and naturally they will be less spatially accurate. Geodata is vector data.

National scale land use d​a​ta​​

Land use data mapped at the national scale (1:2,500,000) using ABS agricultural commodity data and satellite imagery can be downloaded from ​this page. Table 1 provides links to the datasets and associated documents that should be read before using the data. National land use data is available for the 1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2005-06 and 2010-11 financial years.

GEODATA TOPO 250K series 3

GEODATA TOPO 250K Series 3 is a vector representation of the major topographic features appearing on the 1:250,000 scale NATMAPs supplied in Personal Geodatabase format and is designed for use in a range of commercial GIS software. Data is arranged within specific themes. All data is based on the GDA94 coordinate system. GEODATA TOPO 250K Series 3 is available as a free download product in Personal Geodatabase, ArcView Shapefile or MapInfo TAB file formats.

Collaborative Australian protected areas database – CAPAD

During 2014 state and territory nature conservation agencies provided information on their terrestrial and marine protected areas. This information was compiled into CAPAD 2014.

CAPAD 2014 figures include interim protected areas. These are land parcels purchased or identified to become protected areas with binding agreements and are now in the process of getting formal recognition as a protected area.

World Heritage Areas

World heritage sites that are nominated for World Heritage listing are inscribed on the list only after they have been carefully assessed as representing the best examples of the world's cultural and natural heritage. Australia currently has 19 properties on the World Heritage List.

Normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI)—AVHRR, without atmospheric correction

The Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) data are derived from satellite data. The data provides an overview of the status and dynamics of vegetation across Australia, providing a measure of the amount of live green vegetation. The satellite data comes from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) instruments on board the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) series of satellites that are operated by the US (

Agricultural Commodities

This publication contains final estimates for data items collected in the 2014–15 Rural Environment and Agricultural Commodities Survey (REACS). Included are statistics on land use, crop and horticultural area and production, livestock numbers, farm management and demographic information. 


The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) brings together in one framework all of the regions which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and many other organisations use to collect, release and analyse geographically classified statistics. The ASGS ensures that these statistics are comparable and geospatially integrated and provides users with a coherent set of standard regions so that they can access, visualise, analyse and understand statistics.


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