Integrated BioNet Vegetation Data for NSW

NSW Integrated BioNet Vegetation Data (IBVD) provides a digital inventory and map of native vegetation communities across NSW.

The IBVD program modernises the way we work with vegetation classification and map data by providing a suite of logically related foundational information products based around a single classification framework and map for the State.

Watch the video: Introduction to Integrated BioNet Vegetation Data for NSW.

Vegetation classification data and maps are brought together to provide a single resource stored in BioNet and discoverable on the SEED portal.

The IBVD program is designed to support users undertaking land management activities and biodiversity assessments. BioNet allows vegetation classification and map data to link to other biodiversity information commonly applied in biodiversity assessments, including Threatened Ecological Community and threatened species data.

IBVD is an important ongoing program to develop and maintain publicly available high-quality native vegetation classification and map products for NSW. 

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What data are included in the IBVD program?

NSW vegetation classification hierarchy

Plant Community Type (PCT) descriptions and data are maintained in the BioNet Vegetation Classification application.

This includes the Vegetation Class and Vegetation Formation in which each PCT is nested. For more information about the PCT classification program visit the NSW PCT Classification webpage.


A summary list of PCTs is available by clicking ‘download’ on the BioNet Plant Community Type Data page.

State Vegetation Type Map (SVTM)

The State Vegetation Type Map (SVTM) maps individual PCTs, Vegetation Classes and Vegetation Formations. For more information about the SVTM visit the State Vegetation Type Map webpage.  Access the SVTM directly from the SEED portal or Trees Near Me NSW.

BioNet flora survey plots

Standard floristic survey plots are maintained in the Flora survey module of the BioNet Atlas application. Plots used in the definition of Plant Community Types in eastern New South Wales provide reference points for PCTs. View PCT reference plots on the SEED portal

Threatened species and Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) PCT associations

NSW and nationally listed threatened species, populations and Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs) are expertly associated to PCTs and hence to Vegetation Classes and Vegetation Formations. This provides an indication of potential threatened species habitat or the potential presence of a TEC Threatened species, threatened populations and TEC PCT associations can be downloaded.

Vegetation condition benchmarks

Vegetation condition benchmarks provide a framework for measuring the integrity of vegetation used in the Biodiversity Assessment Method. Benchmark data are maintained in the BioNet Vegetation Classification application.

What tools and applications are linked to IBVD?

SEED (Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data)

Trees Near Me NSW

Trees Near Me NSW delivers map and PCT information in an easy to use mobile app and web site. It allows users to find information on PCTs within areas of 200 metres, 400 metres and 1000 metres of any location in New South Wales.

Plot to PCT Assignment Tool

The Plot to PCT Assignment Tool is a PCT identification tool for eastern New South Wales. It allows users to upload standard floristic survey plots to obtain a robust comparison to the quantitative PCT classification. It provides detailed downloadable information about each matched PCT.