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Spatial representation of LANDSLID Australian Landslide Database (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: ANZCW0703003536

Title: Spatial representation of LANDSLID Australian Landslide Database (National Geoscience Dataset)


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



This dataset is a spatial represention of a database of landslides occurring within Australia, based on published and unpublished information and field observations. The database is under constant development.

NOTE : The "End Date" in this record refers to the download dataset. In the National Geoscience Datasets Online GIS ( these data are updated on a weekly basis.

ANZLIC search words:

  • HAZARDS Landslip

Spatial domain:

locality map

Geographic extent name: AUSTRALIA INCLUDING EXTERNAL TERRITORIES - AUSAAT - Australia - Australia

Geographic extent polygon: 113 -10, 154 -10, 154 -44, 113 -44, 113 -10,

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

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -10 °
South bounding latitude: -44 °
East bounding longitude: 154 °
West bounding longitude: 113 °

Data currency

Beginning date: 1842-01-01

Ending date: 2001-02-01

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


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

Access constraints:

Free to download

Free Data Download

Data quality


The data is derived from Geoscience Australia's Australian Landslide Database, which is extracted directly and converted into a spatial Arcinfo coverage. Items feature and UFI are added to complete the quality assurance.

Landslide data are obtained from a variety of sources including reports from landslide spotters, field observations by Geoscience Australia staff, newspaper reports, technical reports, radio and TV news reports. The accuracy of technical reports and reports by trained observers is usually good. The accuracy and detail of other reports, for example by the media, is variable.

Positional accuracy:

Nominal Scale 1:1,000,000

The positioning of data in some cases is highly subjective and should not be used as an accurate depiction of location.

Attribute accuracy:

Attributes are coded as accurately as the information available, therefore they should not be soley relied upon.

Logical Consistency:

A geoscientist visually inspected the finished dataset to make sure the attributes were accurate and the data were consistent spatially with the quality-controlled database it was derived from. 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. Since some of the data is historical some information is not available and hence some fields are not complete but this is only a reflection of the historical nature of this database.

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:

Fields are compliant with Geoscience Australia's

data dictionary. Please click on the link to view.

point items

feature feature type LANDSLIDE

ufi unique feature identifier

lsno numeric database identifier of landslide

location description of location

date date of landslide (NOTE : in generation from the original database if the day and month were null the first day and month were used)

class classification of landslide if enough information is available

synopsis1 first part of description of damage caused

synopsis2 second part of description of damage caused

Authors:Kilgour, B. Leiba, M.