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Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA), Version 7 (Regions)


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

Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA) version 7.0 represents a landscape based approach to classifying the land surface of Australia. 89 biogeographic regions and 419 sub regions have been delineated, each reflecting a unifying set of major environmental influences which shape the occurrence of flora and fauna and their interaction with the physical environment across Australia and its external territories (excluding Antarctica). IBRA Version 7.0 data consists of two datasets. IBRA bioregions, which is a larger scale regional classification of homogenous ecosystems, and sub regions, which are more localised. IBRA Version 7.0 is the result of both significant changes to certain IBRA 6.1 boundaries, plus refinement of other boundaries due to better data availability amongst some states and territories, and alterations by the states/territories along state borders. The updated boundaries were jointly defined by the Commonwealth, State and Territory nature and conservation agencies. In this respect refinements were carried out to all mainland jurisdictions with significant changes in Queensland and South Australia. In addition the dataset was also updated to more closely conform to the Geoscience Australia 1:100K State borders, and a standard coding/naming convention introduced (for both regions and sub-regions) resulting in differences to both names and codes used in earlier IBRA Versions.

Various sources were used to delineate islands - these included the GA100K Admin layer plus the Australian Maritime Boundaries dataset, a Coral Sea dataset (held in ERIN) and the GA Commonwealth Fisheries 2006 dataset.

Dataset History

States and Territories provided the base data for inclusion in IBRA Version 7 Auricht Projects then undertook spatial refinements of the boundaries to ensure that edgematching of boundaries were to the state borders and coastline. The Geoscience Australia 1:100,000 dataset was used to maintain this standard. Draft outputs were provided to State/Territory Agencies for cross-checking. Final checking of topology was undertaken by the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

Dataset Citation

"Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities" (2013) Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA), Version 7 (Regions). Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 11 December 2018, http://data.bioregionalassessments.gov.au/dataset/70bb7ab7-e8a9-4be5-aa73-85bb22c2cb88.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA), Version 7 (Regions)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/au/, (c) Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/1d7bb19a-618f-4055-a6d0-53f543636d54
Date Published 2016-03-23
Date Updated 2022-04-13
Contact Point
Bioregional Assessment Program
Temporal Coverage 2016-03-23 00:00:00
Geospatial Coverage NONE
Jurisdiction BOUNDARIES-Biophysical
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Bioregional Assessment Program