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Geoscience Australia Aerial Photography Coverage

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: ANZCW0703005601

Title: Geoscience Australia Aerial Photography Coverage


Custodian: Geoscience Australia

Jurisdiction: Australia



Geoscience Australia is responsible for the records and custody of Commonwealth aerial photography, which was begun in 1928 and finished in 1992. Subsequent comparable information is available in the form of satellite imagery. The majority of the landmass of Australia is covered by black and white photography at 1:80 000 scale. The near complete coverage was undertaken three times - 1950s, 1960s and 1980s. Aerial photography is recorded as flight diagrams on 1:250 000 maps, which show the aircraft flight paths and photo centres for every 5th photo.

ANZLIC search words:

  • PHOTOGRAPHY AND IMAGERY Remote Sensing 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: 1928-01-01

Ending date: 1992-03-30

Dataset status

Progress: Complete

Maintenance and update frequency: Not Known


Stored data format:
DIGITAL - Sat.image Satellite imagery
Available format type:
DIGITAL - Sat.image Satellite imagery

Access constraints:

The data are subject to Commonwealth of Australia Copyright. A fee is applicable.

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Data quality


This raw data was collected for the National Mapping Program and project work of Geoscience Australia's predecessor organisations.

Positional accuracy:

NONDIGITAL RAW DATA format with various course positional descriptions depending on age and instruments used.

Attribute accuracy:

Not Relevant

Logical Consistency:

Not Relevant


As observed by the camera at various times over all of 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:

Size of dataset: Estimated at between 500 000 and 1 000 000 photos.

Scale/resolution: Varies 1:2 500 to 1:150 000 scale (80% are between 1:30 000 and 1:80 000)

Restrictions on use: 80% Black and White photography, extensive use of super-wide lens with large radial distortions, manual search and retrieval system.

Authors:Geoscience Australia