View and combine mapped information with updated tool MCAS-S version 3.2
The Multi-Criteria Analysis Shell for Spatial Decision Support (MCAS-S) is a tool to view and combine mapped information. MCAS-S can inform spatial decision making and help with stakeholder engagement and communication. MCAS-S is free, powerful, and easy to use.
The new version 3.2 has improved performance, more time series functions, simpler classification options and live links to metadata.
Land use classification is a vocabulary service
The Australian Land Use and Management Classification (ALUMC) version 8 is available as an environmental vocabulary service. The vocabulary, or glossary, provides a public point-of-truth for land use terms and definitions. This vocabulary service has been created in collaboration with the National Environmental Information Infrastructure (NEII) and the Australia National Data Service (ANDS). This vocabulary can also be used as an API or widget.
Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia data viewable on the National Map
The Catchment Scale Land Use (CLUM) dataset for Australia (September 2017 Update) is available for viewing and comparison with other datasets hosted on the National Map. Land use is classified according to the Australian Land Use and Management (ALUM) Classification version 8, a three-tiered hierarchical structure. To simplify display, land uses have been classified according to the secondary level of the ALUM Classification.
Australia's Agricultural Industries 2017 map provides a snapshot of agriculture's status and trend. It shows where Australia's broad agricultural land uses are located and statistics on their area and land tenure. The map reports on the top 5 livestock, crop and horticulture commodities based on gross value of production. Trends in agricultural production, employment and exports are also given including for Australia's top 5 export commodities and destinations. The map presents information in a simple and easy to understand manner and provides a useful resource for planning and regional development.
Catchment Scale Land Use of Australia - Update September 2017
This catchment scale land use dataset for Australia provides the best available land use mapping information for Australia’s regions. The dataset has been compiled using the nationally agreed land use mapping principles and procedures of the Australian Land Use and Management (ALUM) Classification version 8. With 76 per cent of Australia updated since the last release in 2016 it is the largest update to date.
This commodities dataset complements the catchment scale land use of Australia dataset and can be used to identify, map and analyse (selected) agricultural commodities (where available). A focus of this first release has been horticultural and intensive animal industries.
Commodity information can be extracted or combined with other spatial datasets to provide new insights and analysis concerning land use in Australia.
Land use summaries have been assembled using current catchment scale land use data and natural resource management regions for Australia. The dashboard enables users to visualise the data by:
- selecting a region to view land use map and regional statistics
- selecting a land use to see where it is distributed across Australia
- selecting several regions to compare land use
- selecting a state to view land use map and state statistics.
The Australian Land Use and Management (ALUM) Classification system provides a nationally consistent method to collect and present land use information. The latest version (Version 8) of the classification includes fields to collect commodity and land management practice information. The ALUM Classification Version 8 is being used in land use mapping for improved biosecurity outcomes funded by Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Sustainable Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Division.
The Land use of Australia 2010-11 is the latest in a series of digital national land use maps at national scale. Agricultural land uses and their spatial distributions are based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2010-11 agricultural census data. The spatial distribution of the agricultural land uses is modelled and was determined using Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) satellite imagery with training data to make agricultural land use allocations. The non-agricultural land uses are drawn from existing digital maps covering seven themes: topographic features, catchment scale land use, protected areas, World Heritage Areas, tenure, forest type and vegetation condition.
ABARES with its Australian Collaborative Land Use and Management Program (ACLUMP) partners have produced a brochure to promote the availability and application of its land use information products
News prior to August 2015
Addendum to the Guidelines for land use mapping in Australia - April 2015
The Addendum provides guidance on the implementation of mapping principles and procedures outlined in the Guidelines for land use mapping in Australia: principles, procedures and definitions, 4th edition. The aim is to ensure that catchment scale mapping is relevant, up to date and reliable for decision-making. It focuses on the goals of catchment scale land use mapping, the potential to update land use mapping using ancillary information, and methods to improve the reliability of and confidence in catchment scale land use mapping.
Land management practice trends in Australia - dataset on the Monitor website - September 2014
The Land management practice trends in Australia dataset provides information that helps track trends in the adoption of key land management practices in Australia over time. It contains detailed statistics on a variety of land management practices undertaken by Australian agricultural businesses. It focuses on practices that are expected to improve soil condition in the grazing, broadcare cropping, horticulture and dairy industries. See also the
Land management practices trends in Australia brochure.
Australian ground cover reference sites database package 2014
- September 2014
The ground cover reference sites database contains the data collected from the national network of ground cover reference sites. This data includes site descriptions and the associated field measurements of fractional ground cover. Data were collected across Australia from July 2010 to June 2014 at field sites under grazing and broadacre cropping land uses according to nationally agreed standards. This database is an update from the 2013 version and now contains published field observations current as at June 2014.
Ground cover monitoring for Australia: Final report to June 2013
- May 2014
The Department of Agriculture funded a four year project to monitor ground cover for Australia using remote sensing from 2009-2013. The project has provided regular ground cover information to assess environmental targets for soil erosion and land management in Australia. This final report gives the achievements of the project from July 2012 to June 2013 and summarises the project outputs.
Towards national reporting on land use change in Australia -
The report describes changes in key land uses (grazing, cropping and nature conservation) over the period 1992-93 to 2005-06, nationally and at the regional scale.
Reporting on trends in improved land management practices - July 2013
Industry fact sheets reporting on trends in improved land management practices using data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 1995–96, 2000–01 and 2010–11 agricultural censuses and the 2007–08 and 2009–10 Agricultural Resource Management Surveys. A set of fact sheets have been prepared that show trends in practice change at the National and state/territory levels, and for natural resource management regions.