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Australia's River Basins 1997

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: ANZCW0703005427

Title: Australia's River Basins 1997


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Australia's River Basins 1997 is the result of a joint State, Territory and Commonwealth Government project to create a national spatial database of major hydrological basins. It shows the boundaries of Australia's basins as defined by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC).

Australia is divided into drainage divisions which are sub-divided into water regions which are in-turn sub-divided into river basins. The data includes the name and number of each of the 245 drainage basins, 77 regions, and 12 divisions.

ANZLIC search words:

  • BOUNDARIES Mapping
  • WATER Hydrology Mapping

Spatial domain:

locality map

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

Geographic extent polygon: 112 -9, 154 -9, 154 -44, 112 -44, 112 -9,

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

Geographic bounding box:
North bounding latitude: -9 °
South bounding latitude: -44 °
East bounding longitude: 154 °
West bounding longitude: 112 °

Data currency

Beginning date: Not Known

Ending date: 1997-06-30

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - mif MapInfo Interchange Format (MIF) MapInfo Geographic AGD66
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic AGD66
Available format type:
DIGITAL - mif MapInfo Interchange Format (MIF) MapInfo Geographic AGD66
DIGITAL - shp ArcView shape file ArcView Geographic AGD66

Access constraints:

The data are subject to Copyright. Data files may be downloaded from Geoscience Australia's website at A licence agreement is required.

Free Data Download

Data quality


Data for basin boundaries have been captured by relevant State and Territory authorities from 1:10 000 and 1:250 000 scale source material. The balance of the data are from Geoscience Australia's GEODATA Coast 100K which includes coastlines and State and Territory borders.

Positional accuracy:

Variable - dependant on scale of source material.

Attribute accuracy:

Not Documented

Logical Consistency:

Australia's River Basin data complies with the following rules for topology:

- The data has a node/chain structure;

- Every line feature has a node at each end;

- Every line feature has a node at intersections;

- Every line feature has a node at the point where an attribute of the feature changes;

- There are no unnecessary pseudo nodes;

- Every polygon is closed;

- Every polygon contains a polygon label point;

- There are no coincident features;

- There are no undershoots, overshoots, broken lines or other artefacts;

- Divisions, Regions or Basins that are intersected by State borders have identical label point attributes each side of the State border; and

- Lines intersected by State borders, except for coastline, have identical attributes.


Complete for 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

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Size of dataset: 22.5 - 31.3 MB depending on the format.

Scale/resolution: 1:100 000 and 1:250 000