Land use data download

​​​​​​National scale land use data​

Land use data mapped at the national scale (1:2,500,000) using ABS agricultural commodity data and satellite imagery can be downloaded from th​is 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. The 2015-16 dataset is currently in production.

Please note that the 2010-11 and 2005-06 national land use map use version 5 and version 4 of the national mapping methodology, respectively, while the earlier versions use version 3. The 2010-11 and 2005-06 user guide documents provide more information on the difference between the methodologies.

Table 1: Links to National scale land use data
Dat​a​​set ​Ye​a​r Summ​​ary ​stati​stics ​Metadata Us​er guide ​​Dat​a download
National scale land use version 5 2010-11 2010-11 summary statistics PDF [48 KB] 2010-11 metadata TXT [20 KB]
2010-11 user guide PDF  [300 KB] 2010-11 data download 
National scale land use version 4 2005-06 2005-06 summary statistics PDF [16 KB] 2005-06 metadata TXT [13 KB] 2005-06 user guide DOC  [302 KB] 2005-06 data download 
National scale land use version 3 1992-93, 1993-94, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02

2001-02 summary statistics PDF [35 KB]
2000-01 summary statistics PDF [14 KB]
1996-97 summary statistics PDF [34 KB]

1992-93 to 2001-02 metadata PDF [30 KB] 1992-93 to 2001-02 user guide PDF  [236 KB] 1992-93 to 2001-02 data download

Catchment scale land use data

Land uses mapped at the more detailed catchment scale (1:5,000–1:250,000) have been collected by the ACLUMP state partners. Land use information at catchment scale has been produced for all states and territories in Australia with dates and scales varying depending on when the data was collected and the intensity of land use. See Figures 1 and 2 for the dates and scale of mapping.​​

Australian horticulture prices

Figures 1 and 2. Maps showing the year and currency of catchment scale land use mapping (as at December 2020) – click on map to enlarge

The Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia – Update December 2020 dataset was released in February 2021. Complementing this dataset is the third release of a commodities dataset. The Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia – Commodities – Update December 2020 dataset contains commodity level data for all of the Northern Territory, and for the following commodities nationally (as at the date mapped):

  • Crops – rice, sugar cane, cotton
  • Fruit – bananas, avocados, mangoes, olives, grapes
  • Nuts – macadamias
  • Livestock – dairy cattle, pigs, poultry, horse studs, aquaculture.

Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria have also collected some land management practices information for selected areas. This information is contained in the state polygon datasets. More information on the mapping of commodities and land management practices is available i​n the ALUM Classification Version 8 Guidelines ( PDF [902 KB, 114 pages]).​

​Table 2 provides links to catchment scale data and associated reports currently available. Data are available as either a combined 50m raster for all of Australia for all land uses, a combined vector dataset for Australia of commodities where available or individual polygon datasets by state or region.

Table 2. Links to catchment scale land use data
State ​​Datas​et​* Y​ea​r​ of mapping ​Metadata Report ​D​ata download Data viewer​
Australia Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia - Update December 2020
(combined 50m raster for Aus​tralia) 
2008–2019 CLUM metadata not available CLUM data  
​Australia Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia ​- Commodities - December 2020
(vector compilation of state commodity data)
​2003–2020 CLUM Commodites metadata ​not available CLUM Commodities data​​
​ACT ​Catchment Scale Land Use Mapping for the Australian Capital Territory 2012​ (*ALUM version 7)
(Esri Shapefi​le)
​2012 ACT Metadata [102 KB] ​not available ACT data ZIPZip Icon [124 MB]
NSW New South Wal​es Land Use 2017
(Esri File Geodatabase) 

Download NSW land use data and resources:

- NSW Landuse 2017
NSW Landuse 2013​
NSW Landuse 2007​

NT Northern Territory Land Use Mapping 2016-17
(ESRI File Geodatabase)
2016 NT metadata​ ​not available NT data NR Maps
(Land use under 'Land Resources')
Qld Land use mapping – 1999 to Current – Queensland 2009–2019 Search the Queensland Spatial Catalogue for “Land Use Mapping” and sort by ‘data publication date’. The State-wide land use data is available in the Land use mapping – 1999 to Current - Queensland data package (which also includes the 1999 baseline and the 1999–Current land use change products).  State-wide land use map​
SA Land Use South Australia
(Esri Shapefile) 
2008–2017 SA metadata Regional reports:
South East report ​PDF  [1.4 MB]
Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Report PDF [1.86 MB]
SA data
Tas. Tasmanian Land Use 2015
(ESRI File Geodatabase)
2019 Tasmania metadata not available LISTData (under "NCH Land Use 2019") ​LISTMap
Vic. Victorian Land Use Information System (VLUIS) 2016-17 incorporating the Northern Irrigation Region
(sriI File Geodatabase)

Victoria Metadata

VLUIS land use paper
VLUIS land cover paper

Victoria data (VLUIS 2016-17)
WA Catchment Scale Land Use Mapping for Western Australia 2018
(Esri File Geodatabase)
2008–2018 WA data and metadata available from​
 ​* Unless otherwise stated, datasets have been mapped using version 8 of the Australian Land Use and Management Classification (ALUM). Translation tables to convert ​from version 7 to version 8 are available on the ALUM Classification
Last reviewed: 25 February 2021
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