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PSMA Administrative Boundaries

The Administrative Boundaries datasets are Australia’s most comprehensive national collection of boundaries including government, statistical and electoral boundaries.

Administrative Boundaries is produced by PSMA Australia Limited (PSMA), an unlisted public company formed by the nine governments of Australia to collate and standardise, format and aggregate location data from each of the jurisdictions into authoritative location based national datasets.

This dataset contains boundaries in seven themes: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) boundaries, electoral boundaries, state and territory boundaries, local government areas, suburbs/localities, wards and town points.

Updated versions of the Administrative Boundaries will be published on a quarterly basis from February 2016.

As at November 2019, users have the option to download datasets with feature coordinates referencing the new Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 (GDA2020) in addition to datasets on the GDA94 datum.

For GDA2020 datasets, the name of the zip folder and the root folder (once extracted) include a reference to GDA2020. For GDA94 datasets, the zip and root folder names do not contain the datum name (i.e. they remain the same as previous releases).

For example, the zip and root folder for Administrative Boundaries downloaded in GDA2020 for November 2019 looks like this:

   •    NOV19_AdminBounds_ESRIShapefileorDBFfile_GDA2020; or 
   •    NOV19_AdminBounds_MapInfoTABFormat_GDA2020

The zip and root folder for Administrative Boundaries in GDA94 for November 2019 looks like this:

   •    NOV19_AdminBounds_ESRIShapefileorDBFfile; or 
   •    NOV19_AdminBounds_MapInfoTABFormat

Irrespective of the datum chosen, files within the respective folder use exactly the same naming structures.

For further information on Administrative Boundaries, including FAQs on the data, see: www.psma.com.au/products/administrative-boundaries or contact PSMA’s network of value added resellers and integrators that provide a range of commercial products based on Administrative Boundaries including software solutions, consultancy and support.

License Information

The Australian Government has negotiated the release of the PSMA Administrative Boundaries dataset to the whole economy under an open CCBY 4.0 license which is available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Users must only use the data in ways that are consistent with the Australian Privacy Principles issued under the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth).

Users must also note the following attribution requirements:

Preferred attribution for the Licensed Material:

Administrative Boundaries ©PSMA Australia Limited licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0).

Preferred attribution for Adapted Material:

Incorporates or developed using Administrative Boundaries ©PSMA Australia Limited licensed by the Commonwealth of Australia under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license (CC BY 4.0).

What to Expect When You Download Administrative Boundaries

Administrative Boundaries is large dataset (around 1.5GB unpacked), consisting of seven themes each containing multiple layers.

Users are advised to read the technical documentation provided below before downloading and using the product.

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title PSMA Administrative Boundaries
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International
Data Status active
Update Frequency quarterly
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/data/dataset/bdcf5b09-89bc-47ec-9281-6b8e9ee147aa
Date Published 2014-07-11
Date Updated 2019-11-19
Contact Point
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
spatial@industry.gov.au
Temporal Coverage 2016-08-24
Geospatial Coverage Australia
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency Department of Industry, Innovation and Science