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Principal Hydrogeological Divisions of Australia (National Geoscience Dataset)

Note: This metadata describes the dataset in accordance with the ANZLIC (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council) Core Metadata Guidelines Version 2.

Dataset citation

ANZLIC unique identifier: ANZCW0703002666

Title: Principal Hydrogeological Divisions of Australia (National Geoscience Dataset)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



This dataset defines the sedimentary basins and fractured rock provinces which make up the regional hydrogeological divisions of Australia. These hydrogeological provinces have been further classed with regard to either a fractured rock province or a sedimentary basin, distribution of aquifers within the province, and aquifer productivity.

ANZLIC search words:

  • GEOSCIENCES Hydrogeology Mapping

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA EXCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUS - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 113 -11, 154 -11, 154 -44, 113 -44, 113 -11,

Note: The format for each Geographic extent name is: Name - Identifier - Category - Jurisdiction (as appropriate) See GEN Register

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -11 °
South bounding latitude: -44 °
East bounding longitude: 154 °
West bounding longitude: 113 °

Data currency

Beginning date: Not Known

Ending date: 1998-09-01

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84
Available format type:
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - dat Data file MapInfo Geographic WGS84
DIGITAL - ArcGIS-coverage ArcInfo coverage Geographic WGS84

Access constraints:

Free to download

Free Data Download

Data quality


Produced from the 1:5 000 000 scale Hydrogeology of Australia map (Jacobsen and Lau, 1987), involving conversion of IGDS files into Arcinfo and creating topology and attributing polygons. Later inclusion of AGSO standard attributes feature and UFI in 1998.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:5,000,000

Highly variable since the original map was derived at 1:5,000,000 scale.

Attribute accuracy:

Accurate for the report the attributes derived from (Jacobsen and Lau, 1987). Further classification of rock provinces was done on the dataset as a whole and into a standard classification so attributes should therefore being reasonably accurate within this basic classification system.

Logical Consistency:

A geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to make sure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with current scientific information. Tests are also carried out on these data for data completeness, correct spatial representation, attribute accuracy, logical consistency and correctness, and where appropriate for compliance with Geoscience Australia's GIS data dictionary.


The dataset coverage is complete for the whole of continental Australia.

Contact information

Contact organisation: Commonwealth of Australia (Geoscience Australia) (GA)
Contact position: Manager Client Services
Mail address: Cnr Jerrabomberra Ave and Hindmarsh Dr
Mail address: GPO Box 378
Locality: Canberra
State: ACT
Country: Australia
Postcode: 2601
Telephone: 02 6249 9966
Facsimile: 02 6249 9960
Electronic mail address:

Metadata information

Metadata date: 2013-03-08

Additional metadata

Metadata reference XHTML:

Metadata reference XML:

polygon items :-

feature feature type HYDROL

ufi unique numeric identifier

type type of aquifer, fractured, porous etc

distbn distribution of aquifer, extensive, local etc

prodty productivity, low, low-mod, high etc

aquif_ty broad 5 band classification of aquifers

the dataset includes a legend for the

major hydrogeological divisions.

Authors:Brodie, R. Kilgour, B.