BioNet Vegetation Maps

BioNet Vegetation Map Collection (previously known as the Vegetation Information System Map Catalogue) supports discovery and access to NSW vegetation map information.

The BioNet Vegetation Map Collection has now been integrated into the SEED environmental data portal where over 800 vegetation maps can be discovered, downloaded or viewed in context with other environmental map layers. Work is progressing on enabling the map views for all map products.

Where available, the following resources are available for each map:

  • web map services (VMS)
  • downloadable geographical information system (GIS) data
  • metadata, including technical reports
  • images of cartographic map products

Vegetation type maps

Vegetation type maps classify and map vegetation by communities, floristic or structural typologies. The BioNet Vegetation Map Collection includes vegetation maps of varying quality, currency and typology. Users should carefully select maps from the collection that are appropriate for their use.

The Collection includes both non-standardised historic and contemporary vegetation maps, and standardised plant community type maps that conform to the BioNet Vegetation Map Data Standard. This standard is designed to support vegetation type mapping at regional, local and property scales.

Standardised regional scale maps are produced under the State Vegetation Type Mapping program. Access these products by entering the search term SVTM in SEED.

Vegetation extent and conditions maps

In addition to type maps held in the BioNet Vegetation Map Collection, there are a number of important ancillary vegetation data products now available through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). These include vegetation extent, vegetation condition, ground cover and biomass. An overview and access to these products are available from Vegetation extent and condition products.


All map products have ANZLIC compliant metadata (AS/NZS ISO 19115:2005) available. This metadata is publicly searchable through SEED environmental data portal. This metadata is copied through to the Data NSW data portal.

Standards and guidelines

The BioNet Vegetation Map Data Standard sets out data fields and terminology required for standardised vegetation mapping in NSW at regional, local and property scale. This standard provides guidance for organisations and consultants seeking to produce vegetation maps in NSW that maximise alignment with Biodiversity Conservation Act (NSW) assessment methods, and integration with BioNet data products and web services.

Links to the National Vegetation Information System

The National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) and Attribute Manual (version 6) were developed by the Australian Government in partnership with the states as a means of standardising a variety of vegetation maps and products. The NSW VIS uses the NVIS Framework in the following ways:

  • NVIS levels 5 & 6 attributes have been adopted in all relevant modules of BioNet and are used to standardise the description and representation of vegetation types, based on relationships between structural and floristic information. This simplifies data transfer between systems and ensures maximum extensibility of the type classification.
  • A NSW instance of the NVIS system (referred to as nswNVIS) has been installed by OEH. New maps that describe vegetation types according to NVIS (levels 5 & 6) attributes are periodically loaded into nswNVIS and exported to the national NVIS to meet a range of national reporting requirements.

Data licensing

Primary custodianship (and/or ownership) of datasets may reside with OEH, councils, catchment management authorities, private individuals or other government agencies. These data are held, displayed and distributed under appropriate licence agreements with the relative custodian.

OEH seeks to make datasets available under Creative Commons (CC-BY 4.0) licence in line with NSW Government's Open Government Policy. If you have concerns about how data is displayed or distributed please contact

How can I contribute?

We rely on contributions and feedback from data custodians and users to maintain the Map Collection. If you would like to add a dataset to SEED, or correct an existing dataset, please contact us with the details.

More information

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Page last updated: 24 June 2019