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Commonwealth Heritage List Spatial Database (CHL)


This dataset was supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and is presented here as originally supplied. Metadata was not provided and has been compiled by the Bioregional Assessment Programme based on known details at the time of acquisition.

These data provide locational and attribute information for places on the Commonwealth Heritage List as determined by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Heritage and Wildlife Division.

Data consist of Commonwealth Heritage List polygons with attribute information describing the place name, class (indigenous, natural, historic), and status.

Places subject to confidentiality agreements are not included in these data.

Spatial data for places (mostly historic) in cities, is currently being derived using urban cadastral data. These sites are being incorporated into each new release, as they become available.


Source dataset for Assets and Receptors databases under the Bioregional Assessment Programme.

Dataset History

The original spatial data 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 Australian Government Department of the Environment 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 ArcView shapefiles, in geographic projection using datum AGD66.

The final dataset described by this metadata has been transformed to the Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94)

Data quality report - Absolute external positional accuracy:

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

Data quality report - Attribute accuracy:

Attribute Information is verified by the Heritage Division.

Data quality report - Conceptual consistency:

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 Division.

Data quality report - Completeness:

The database is under construction. There are current assessment and nomination process being undertaken.

Dataset Citation

Department of the Environment (2014) Commonwealth Heritage List Spatial Database (CHL). Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 13 March 2019, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/57720684-4948-45db-a2c8-37259d531d87.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Commonwealth Heritage List Spatial Database (CHL)
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) 2013
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/4c954a30-7074-419e-a6da-dbfda0d3d3de
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 ((167.9957 -68.59894, 167.9957 -9.597966, 167.9957 -9.597966, 167.9957 -68.59894))
Jurisdiction Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Program