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Plant Community Identification Software


The Plant Community Type Identification Tool (PCT Id Tool) is a software program that has been created to facilitate the identification of plant community types in the field. The application has been developed in the Microsoft .NET Framework.

The NSW plant community type (PCT) classification was developed in 2011 to establish an unambiguous master community-level classification for use in vegetation mapping programs, Biometric-based regulatory decisions, and as a standard typology for other planning and data gathering programs.

The PCT Id Tool, incorporates the standard operational classification hierarchy for native vegetation in NSW, ie Vegetation Formations, Vegetation Classes and Plant Community Types. The plant community types and their relationships to vegetation formations and classes are maintained in the Vegetation Information System (VIS) Classification database (version 2.0).

System requirements

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7.

Processor: 400 MHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Minimum); 1GHz Pentium processor or equivalent (Recommended)

RAM:128 MB (Minimum); 256 MB (Recommended)

Hard Disk: Up to 120 MB of available space may be required

CD or DVD Drive: Not required

Display: 800 x 600, 256 colours (Minimum); 1024 x 768 high colour, 32-bit (Recommended)


You will require approximately 40Mb of space on your hard drive and using Microsoft Windows machine running Windows 2000, XP, Vista or Windows 7.


The software requires a minimum of 120Mb of hard disk space for complete installation.

Please note that you do not need administrator privileges to install the software for Windows 2000 or XP. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 you must right click the setup.exe and use "Run As Administrator".

The installation will only take a few minutes and is a standard windows application installation.

The installation will check for required windows components and you will be prompted to install them if needed.


1. Important: Make sure you have the latest service pack and critical updates for the version of Windows on the computer. To look for recent updates, visit Windows Update.

2. Click the Download button on this page to start the download

3. To save the download to your computer for installation at a later time, click Save.

4. To cancel the installation, click Cancel.

5. Unzip the contents of the zip file.

6. For Windows Vista and Windows 7 you must right click the setup.exe and use "Run As Administrator", else double click setup.exe to run the installation.

Download Links

This download includes the original database at the time of the program release.

Windows 2000, XP : Download the current version of the Plant Community Identification Software (, 40MB).

Windows Vista, 7 : Download the current version of the Plant Community Identification Software (, 40MB).

Operational Manual

Guidelines for users - Plant Community Identification Utility: User manual (120546PCTIdToolUserManual.pdf, 4.7MB).


The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has developed the Plant Community Type Identification Tool (PCT Id Tool) in good faith, exercising all due care and attention. No representation is made about the accuracy, completeness or suitability of the PCT Id Tool or the information provided with the PCT Id Tool for any particular purpose. OEH shall not be liable for any damage which may occur to any person or organisation taking action or not on the basis of this application or the information it contains. Readers should seek appropriate advice when applying the information to their specific needs. The PCT Id Tool may be subject to revision without notice and users should ensure they are using the latest version.

Users should refer to the NSW plant community type (PCT) classification methodology for further information on how a user can identify a plant community they are observing with reference to the vegetation classification. The PCT Id Tool is to be used in conjunction with the Operational Manual, which is available, along with further information, at




Page last updated: 03 July 2012