Web mapping services and applications

ABARES maintains detailed spatial datasets related to Australia’s land and forests. These datasets are also available to use or view via spatial web services (also called web mapping services).

Users can interact with spatial web services using:

  • Geographic information systems (GIS) software installed on your computer
  • Online mapping applications (via a recently updated web browser)

For information about ABARES other data holdings see ABARES latest data releases and the ABARES data catalogue. Other Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment web services are also available.

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About web services

ABARES spatial data, available as web services, are listed below. Web services allow public access to current ABARES spatial datasets without users needing to store the datasets locally. The services are available both as ESRI Web Map Services and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Services.

Using web services

To use the following Web Services directly you need software which can communicate with the web services, such as ArcGIS or QGIS Geographic Information System software or Google Earth. Follow these instructions to link to these services using ArcCatalog. See the online mapping application section below to use the services without GIS software.

Terms of use

By accessing ABARES Web Services you acknowledge acceptance of Web Services Terms and conditions. Data accessed through ABARES Web Services are subject to a Creative Commons Attribution By 4.0 Licence.

Service notifications

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Web services list

GIS software is required to access web services using these links



Service Address

Use with

Catchment scale land use of Australia – December 2020

This national compilation of catchment scale land use data for Australia combines land use data from all state and territory jurisdictions at a resolution of 50m by 50m. Land use is classified according to the Australian Land Use and Management Classification.
Views available:

  • 18 class
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • Agricultural industries
  • Agriculture


2020 Land use. Use for online maps, NationalMap, works with ESRI applications

Forests of Australia (2018)

A continental spatial dataset of forest extent, by national forest categories and types, assembled for Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018. It was developed from multiple forest, vegetation and land cover data inputs, including contributions from Australian, state and territory government agencies and external sources.
Views available:

  • Forest Types



Use for online maps, NationalMap, works with ESRI applications

Tenure of Australia’s forests (2018)

A continental spatial dataset of national land tenure types, assembled for Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018. It was developed from land tenure information from multiple sources, including Australian, state and territory government agencies and external sources. The land tenure dataset is then combined with forest cover information sourced from the Forests of Australia (2018) dataset. ​
Views available:

  • Tenure of Australia’s forests


Use for online maps, NationalMap, works with ESRI applications

Australia’s Indigenous Forest Estate (2018)

A continental spatial dataset of forest and non-forest land over which Indigenous peoples and communities have ownership, management, or rights of use, assembled for Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018.
Views available:

  • Australia’s Indigenous Forest estate 2018


Online maps e.g. national map, also works with ESRI applications

Fire in Australia's forests 2011-2016 (2018)

A continental spatial dataset of the extent and frequency of planned and unplanned fires occurring in forest in the five financial years between July 2011 and June 2016, assembled for Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018.
Views available:

  • Fire type 2011-12 to 2015-16
  • Number of forests 2011-12 to 2016-16


Use for online maps, NationalMap, works with ESRI applications

Online mapping applications

View ABARES spatial data using these online mapping applications.


This image shows 2018 update of land use data overlaid by electoral boundaries.

The National Map is an online map-based tool which allows easy access to spatial data from Australian government agencies.
Managed by the Digital Transformation Agency and developed through Data61, the NationalMap:

  • provides easy access to authoritative and other spatial data to government, business and the public
  • facilitates the opening of data by federal, state and local government bodies
  • provides an open framework of geospatial data services that supports commercial and community innovation.

The Forest and Land use web services have been added as national datasets to NationalMap

Land use web services have also been added to the following applications built on the same core platform as NationalMap: 

National Drought Map

The image shows drought declared areas overlayed onto 18-class land use

This map enables users to have access to spatial information on drought conditions and support measures to assist with analysis, decision making, planning and reporting.

Investor Map

This image shows pastoral leases overlaid onto agricultural industries land use map for south-west Queensland.

The Investor Map is a website for map-based access to spatial data from Australian government agencies to help encourage investment across the country.

Rangelands and Pasture Productivity (RAPP) map

This image shows Catchment Scale Land Use and Forests of Australia (2018) - summary classes for vegetation cover reporting

The RAPP Map tool provides time-series data on vegetation cover and environmental conditions, allowing national and regional tracking of the resources which sustain livestock production.

Last reviewed: 13 July 2021
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