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National Heritage List Spatial Database (NHL) (v2.1)


This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.

These data provide locational and attribute information for places nominated to and included in the National Heritage List as determined by the Australian Government managed by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Heritage and Wildlife Division. National Heritage List polygons with attribute information describing the place name, class (indigenous, natural, historic), and status. Places subject to confidentiality agreements are included in these data but the location is generalised to the bounding 250k mapsheet.

The location data for place nominations that have been rejected, are ineligible, removed or destroyed are not included in the publicly downloadable spatial dataset. Places having current assessment and nomination processes involving boundary revisions being undertaken are not available to the public. Spatial data for listed places are available to the public.


The database is live and ongoing. There are current assessment and nomination process being undertaken.


The conversion of the data from the original shapefiles follow existing protocols currently used by the Register of the National Estate. The attribution is assumed to be logically consistent as provided by the Heritage and Wildlife Division of the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.


Most features have a positional accuracy of, at most, +/- 100 metres


Attribute Information is verified by the Heritage Division.

Dataset History

The original spatial data for some places were captured and copied from the Register of the National Estate, which were digitised by the Australian Surveying and Land Information Group (AUSLIG) from stable-base overlays produced by the Australian Heritage Commission since 1986. Since 1999, data entry and attribution has been undertaken by the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Heritage Division staff. Data are captured using topographic and cadastral data at map scales of up to 1:250,000, depending on the size and detail of the property. The majority of the source datasets are maintained and processed as ESRI shapefiles, in geographic projection using datum GDA94 The final dataset described by this metadata has been transformed to the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94).

This dataset was exported from SDE by ERIN on 17/09/2013 for use in compiling preliminary bioregional assets lists for the Office of Water Science Bioregional Assessment Program. Field "ElemetID" was added and a unique identifier created for each spatial feature for use in the BA Programme.

Dataset Citation

Department of the Environment (2014) National Heritage List Spatial Database (NHL) (v2.1). Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/26daa8d7-a90e-47f3-982b-0df362414e65.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title National Heritage List Spatial Database (NHL) (v2.1)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) Commonwealth of Australia (Department of the Environment) 2014
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/cfefd74e-5dc4-4e73-a353-9d584263f17e
Date Published 2016-03-22
Date Updated 2022-04-13
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Program
Temporal Coverage 2016-03-22 00:00:00
Geospatial Coverage POLYGON ((167.995 -67.01305000000001, 167.995 -8.613922000000001, 167.995 -8.613922000000001, 167.995 -67.01305000000001))
Jurisdiction Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Program