Fresh look at Public Land information

25 August 2004


New interim Public Lands of Australia map, showing Canberra and SE coast of NSW

New interim Public Lands
of Australia map, showing
Canberra and SE coast of NSW
© Geoscience Australia

The various types of public land across Australia are shown at a scale of 1:5 million on a new interim, small scale, thematic map, Public Lands of Australia, produced by Geoscience Australia.

The map has been produced in response to requests from the public, government and industry to update the popular Land Tenure map (1993). Assembling information for the new map has been made possible thanks to the cooperation of a large number of authorities across Australia.

Approximately 75 percent of Australia's land tenure consists of private land. The remaining public land provides for:

  • the management of public resources such as forests and minerals
  • environmental protection of nature conservation reserves and water supply catchments
  • land for defence activities, and
  • reservations for special purposes such as communications, energy, transport and education.

Indigenous land is now largely private property and will form the basis of a new map to be produced at a later time.

Download the new interim digital map of Australia's public lands.

Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013