We support evidence-based decision making. Our environmental data is open for everyone to use.
Our Geospatial and Information Analytics (GAIA) Branch:
- provides environmental and geospatial information products, advice, analysis and tools
- links our priorities with environmental information and research
- adds value to our high priority activities.
We enable geospatial (location) data by providing supported geographic information systems (GIS). These systems:
- allow for interactive mapping, reporting and analysis
- provide a platform for accessing our geospatial datasets.
Our environmental data
You can access and download our key datasets as web services.
Our data includes:
- distribution modelling of listed species and ecological communities (SPRAT)
- vegetation information (NVIS)
- heritage sites (AHDb)
- collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD)
- Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA).
Supporting how we regulate
GAIA supports our environmental regulatory function. We’ve developed different projects and applications. These help us collect, manage, and use data to make decisions.
GAIA is supporting our Digital Environmental Assessments Program (DEAP). This program will deliver a:
- pilot Portal and Assessment System for the Environment Approvals Division
- pilot Biodiversity Data Repository (BDR).
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Search the Find Environmental Data (FED) metadata catalogue.
Our GAIA branch supports environmental datasets and their geospatial capability.
The branch has a long history. The Prime Minister made an Environmental Statement in July 1989. In it, he announced setting up an Environmental Resources Information Network (ERIN).
This followed a review by the environment minister at the time. The review looked at existing environmental databases and their availability to Australian Government decision-makers.
Over time, our services have evolved with:
- maturing needs of government
- changing nature of data availability
- advancing technology and analysis techniques.
We renamed ERIN to GAIA in 2020 to promote our dedication to location-based capabilities.