Tenure of Australia's forests (2018)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Publication date: 16 February 2019​

Tenure of Australia’s forests (2018) is 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 contributions from Australian, state and territory government agencies and external sources. The tenure dataset is then combined with forest cover information sourced from the Forests of Australia (2018) dataset.

The dataset was compiled by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) for the National ​Forest Inventory (NFI), a collaborative partnership between the Australian and state and territory governments. The role of the NFI is​ to collate, integrate and communicate information on Australia’s forests. The NFI applies a national classification to state and territory data to allow seamless integration of these datasets. Multiple independent sources of external data are used to fill data gaps and improve the quality of the final dataset.​

The NFI classifies land tenure into six national tenure​ classes suitable​ for application to forest: Leasehold forest, Multiple-use public forest, Nature conservation reserve, Other Crown land, Private forest and Unresolved tenure.

The Tenure of Australia’s forests (2018) dataset is produced to fulfil requirements of Australia's National Forest Policy Statement and the Regional Forests Agreement Act 2002 (Cwth), and is used by the Australian Government for domestic and international reporting.​ 

ABARES report on the development of a national tenure dataset for reporting forest tenure

​The ABARES technical report Development of a national tenure dataset for reporting the tenure of Australia's forests describes the principles of tenure determination, the past methods of assembling and reporting the tenure of forests, and the approach used for assembling the Tenure of Australia's forests (2018) dataset and reporting in Australia's State of the Forests Report 2018.


Tenure of Australia's forests (2018) – Esri Grid (raster), layer file and metadata documents​ (zipped) – [74 MB]​​

Lineage details – PDF [834 KB]

Attributes and lookup tables – PDF [590 KB]​​

Metadata – PDF [583 KB​]



Tenure of Australia's forests (2018) – graphic only – PNG: [0.9 MB] – PDF:[3.5 MB]

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Superseded​ datasets are available here.

Last reviewed: 16 October 2020