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.

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​rSumm​​ary ​stati​stics​MetadataUs​er guide​​Data download
National scale land use version 52010-11 2010-11 summary statistics PDF [48 KB] 2010-11 metadata

2010-11 user guide PDF [300 KB]
2010-11 data download
National scale land use version 42005-06 2005-06 summary statistics PDF [16 KB] 2005-06 metadata 2005-06 user guide DOC [302 KB] 2005-06 data download
National scale land use version 32001-02 2001-02 summary statistics PDF [35 KB] 2001-02 metadata PDF [30 KB] 2001-02 user guide PDF [236 KB] 2001-02 data download
National scale land use version 32000-01 2000-01 summary statistics PDF [14 KB] 2000-01 metadata ​PDF [30 KB] 2000-01 user guide PDF [236 KB] 2000-01 data download
National scale land use version 31998-99Not available 1998-99 metadata PDF [30 KB] 1998-99 user guide PDF [236 KB] 1998-99 data download
National scale land use version 31996-97 1996-97 summary statistics PDF [34 KB] 1996-97 metadata PDF [30 KB] 1996-97 user guide PDF [236 KB] 1996-97 data dowload
National scale land use version 31993-94Not available 1993-94 metadata PDF [30 KB] 1993-94 user guide PDF [236 KB] 1993-94 data download
National scale land use version 31992-93Not available 1992-93 metadata PDF [30KB] 1992-93 metadata PDF [30 KB] 1992-93 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 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.​​

Catchment scale land use September 2017 update date of mapping ranging from 2003 to 2017​​Catchment scale land use September 2017 update scale of mapping ranging from 1:5000 to 1:250000 
Figures 1 and 2. Maps showing the year and currency of catchment scale land use mapping (as at September 2017) - click on map to enlarge

The Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia – Update September 2017 dataset has updated over 585 million hectares or 76 per cent of Australia since the May 2016 release. This is the largest update of catchment scale mapping to date. Complementing this dataset is the first release of a commodities dataset. The Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia – Commodities – September 2017 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 (except Southern Queensland), 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​ear​ of mapping​MetadataReport​D​ata downloadData viewer​
AustraliaCatchment Scale Land Use of Australia - Update September 2017
(combined 50m raster for Aus​tralia) 
2003-2017 CLUM metadatanot available CLUM data​
​Australia Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia ​- Commodities - September 2017
(vector compilation of state commodity data)
​2003-2017CLUM 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)
​2012ACT Metadata [102 KB]​not availableACT data ZIP [124 MB]
NSWNew South Wal​es Land Use 2013 (*ALUM version 7)
(ESRI File Geodatabase) 
2003-2017 Link to NSW data portal to come
NT Northern Territory Land Use Mapping 2016-17
(ESRI File Geodatabase)
2016 NT metdata​NT reportNT data ZIP [115MB]NR Maps
(Land use under 'Land Resources')
QLDLand use mapping – 1999 to Current – Queensland
(ESRI File Geodatabase)​
2009-2016 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​
SALand Use South Australia
(ESRI Shapefile) 
2008-2016 SA metadataRegional 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)
2015 Search the DPIPWE’s NRM Data Portal Library for “Tasmanian Land Use 2015”. ​LISTMap (Land use under 'Agriculture')
VIC Victorian Land Use Information System (VLUIS) 2016 incorporating the Northern Irrigation Region
(ESRI File Geodatabase)

Victoria Metadata

VLUIS land use paper
VLUIS land cover paper

Vic data (VLUIS 2016)
Vic ZIP (VLUIS/ALUM Classified) [191 MB]
WA Catchment Scale Land Use Mapping for Western Australia 2016
(ESRI File Geodatabase)
2008-2016 Link to WA data portal to come
 ​* Unless otherwise stated, datasets have been mapped using version 8 of the Australian Land Use and Management Classfication (ALUM). Translation tables to convert ​from version 7 to verison 8 are available on the ALUM Classification​​ page.


Last reviewed:
28 Nov 2017