State Vegetation Type Map

The State Vegetation Type Map (SVTM) will represent the most complete and consistent information available about the distribution of Plant Community Types across NSW; benefitting landholders, planners and local communities.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is producing a new map of the state’s native vegetation. It has been progressively produced across NSW over the last five years, region by region, and now covers almost 80% of NSW.

Map showing status of state vegetation mapping February 2018

The comprehensive and seamless State Vegetation Type Map of native vegetation types will enable government, industry and the community to better understand the composition and the relative significance of the native vegetation in their local area.

Regional scale mapping of Plant Community Types (PCT) will help decision makers better recognise the different groupings of native vegetation in their area and help them make more informed land management or conservation investment decisions.

Land use planning and on-ground actions will be better matched to the characteristics of the vegetation being managed. For example, it will be easier to select the best mix of native species to rehabilitate disturbed areas.


Mapping will be complemented by plant community type descriptions, identification tools and other educational material.

OEH also supports the wider community with a range of information about vegetation in their local environment.


OEH encourages users to provide feedback of new sightings of plants or communities, floristic surveys, suggested boundary adjustments and other comments.

If you are interested in evaluating the mapping in your local government area or would like to contribute to improving the SVTM please contact us at BioNet.

Map methodology

OEH has developed a methodology for a regional scale map of plant community types for NSW, which is used to create a unified State Vegetation Type Map (SVTM). The SVTM uses aerial (ADS40/80) and satellite imagery (SPOT 5, SRTM, Landsat) and a collection of environmental variables. The SVTM provides baseline knowledge about the plant communities of NSW. Regional scale vegetation mapping supports government, industry and the community with information for conservation and investment.

It is compiled from the best available imagery, site survey records and other environmental information and is designed to be dynamically improved and upgraded as new local information becomes available.

This detailed description of the mapping method used for the state vegetation type map is available to download: 

The NSW State Vegetation Type Map: Methodology for a regional-scale map of NSW plant community types (PDF 1.2MB)

How do I download the map?

OEH is currently developing a new spatial platform for improved delivery of mapped information. As we transition to this service, some regional-scale maps that include vegetation map data (ESRI shape files), metadata and cartographic maps are available.

They are:

How do I view the map online?

The maps are also available to view on your device on Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data (SEED). SEED provides public access to view and overlay maps supplied via live data feeds from other trusted sources.

Search for ‘SVTM’ on the SEED website.

Questions about the map?

For answers to your questions about the map visit The State Vegetation Type Map: your questions.

Data access queries and technical detail

For data access queries or more technical detail please contact us at or


Page last updated: 04 February 2019