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NationalMap Australia

The site is in Beta mode for now, with ongoing development underway, and the expectation that it will be a production site by the end of the year. The software has been developed by NICTA using various open source software tools that include Cesium, Leaflet, Geoserver, jquery, esri-leaflet.js, and togeojson. The site has also been designed to support an open framework for geospatial data and services for commercial and community innovation.

Current data services include:

  • Broadband (Department of Communications): Eg broadband quality and availabiliy across Australia
  • Land (Geoscience Australia): Eg Gravity, land cover, magnetic image, surface geology, earthquake hazard
  • Surface water (Geoscience Australia): Eg streams and rivers, catchments, estuaries, boreholes
  • Ground water (Bureau of Meteorology’s Geofabric): Eg aquifers, water table salinity
  • Elevation (Geoscience Australia): Eg contours, flow direction
  • Terrain (Geoscience Australia): Eg caves, cliffs
  • Vegetation (Geoscience Australia): Eg native vegetation areas
  • Habitation (Geoscience Australia): Eg populated places, builtup areas
  • Transport (Geoscience Australia): Eg roads, railways, airports, foot tracks
  • Infrastructure (Geoscience Australia): Eg waste management facilities, mine areas
  • Utilities (Geoscience Australia): Eg pipelines
  • Boundaries (Australian Bureau of Statistics): Eg postcode regions, local government, electoral
  • Lots of other data sets and services via

The Gov-Hack already has 1,200 people signed up for events taking place July 11-13 in Canberra, Ballarat, Mt Gambier, Cairns and the Gold Coast. The move is being enthusiastically embraced by this community as a watershed moment that will have significant impacts to policy and citizen convenience.

Visit the National Map at:


Sources: NICTA,