Please note this dataset is the most recent version of the Administrative Boundaries (AB). For previous versions of the AB please go to this url: https://data.gov.au/dataset/ds-dga-b4ad5702-ea2b-4f04-833c-d0229bfd689e/details?q=previous
Geoscape Administrative Boundaries is Australia’s most comprehensive national collection of boundaries, including government, statistical and electoral boundaries. It is built and maintained by Geoscape Australia using authoritative government data. Further information about contributors to Administrative Boundaries is available here.
This dataset comprises seven Geoscape products:
Updated versions of Administrative Boundaries are published on a quarterly basis.
Users have the option to download datasets with feature coordinates referencing either GDA94 or GDA2020 datums.
Notable changes in the May 2023 Administrative Boundaries release
2021 Remoteness Areas and 2021 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) are now available in the May 2023 release ABS Boundaries data. To maintain ABS boundaries relating to the two most recent Censuses (2016 and 2021 currently), Geoscape intends to remove the 2011 ABS data layers for the August 2023 release.
The active State Electoral Boundaries within NSW have undergone improvements to their geometries. This results in changes of the state_electoral_polygon_pid and the date_created of features with enhanced geometries.
The Local Government Area ‘lga_name’ attribute field length has been increased to 75 in the May 2023 release. This is to accommodate the name of an LGA in the Northern Territory which has changed from ‘Northern Territory Rates Act Area’ to ‘Northern Territory Rates Act (Prescribed Area A) Area’.
There have been spatial changes (area) greater than 1000 sqkm to the ‘Issac Regional’ and ‘Central Highlands Regional’ LGAs.
The new locality of Badagarang in New South Wales has been added to the product. Badagarang was created from portions of the Cambewarra and Meroo Meadow localities, resulting in changes to their boundaries.
There have been spatial changes (area) greater than 1000 sqkm to the ‘Greenvale’, ’Bluff’, ’Dutton River’,’ Mackenzie River’,’Kimbolton’, ’Aisace’, ’Conjuboy’, ’Lawn Hill’, ’Jellinbah’, ’Porcupine’, ’Meroo Meadow’, ’Dingo’, ’Camooweal’, ’Minnamoolka’, ’Cambewarra’, ’Mount Surprise’ Localities.
The Localities of Stream Hill and Bradfield within the state of New South Wales have been created by the Jurisdiction after the cut-off date for the May 2023 release. These Localities will be included in the August 2023 release.
IMPORTANT NOTE: correction of issues with the 22 November 2022 release
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Note: On 1 October 2020, PSMA Australia Limited began trading as Geoscape Australia.
The Australian Government has negotiated the release of Administrative Boundaries to the whole economy under an open CCBY 4.0 licence.
Users must only use the data in ways that are consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles issued under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).
Users must also note the following attribution requirements:
Preferred attribution for the Licensed Material:
Administrative Boundaries © Geoscape Australia licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0).
Preferred attribution for Adapted Material:
Incorporates or developed using Administrative Boundaries © Geoscape Australia licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0).
##What to Expect When You Download Administrative Boundaries
Administrative Boundaries is large dataset (around 1.5GB unpacked), made up of seven themes each containing multiple layers.
Users are advised to read the technical documentation including the product change notices and the individual product descriptions before downloading and using the product.