Digital Atlas plots a course to Australia’s future

A new digital platform combining detailed datasets from across Australia to provide a unique view of the nation is now live. 

The Digital Atlas of Australia, developed by Geoscience Australia, brings together a wide range of data including water systems, soil analysis, bushfires, social infrastructure and demographic information collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – in one free, user-friendly, location. 

Interactive maps and tools allow users to explore, analyse and visualise data by location.

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Madeleine King said the platform would become an essential tool for planners and researchers, or anyone interested in better understanding the nation. 

"The Digital Atlas of Australia offers a treasure trove of information, all in one place,” Minister King said. 

“The Digital Atlas can help identify opportunities for industries such as mining and agriculture by combining analysis of soil and geology, water bodies, and land use data.  

“Using data from across government agencies, the Digital Atlas gives government comprehensive data to better understand and to respond to issues,” Minister King said.  

Benefitting from a collaborative, cross government approach, the Digital Atlas allows the removal of geographic boundaries usually prescribed by current methods of government data collection by curating and connecting the datasets that already exist and providing them in one digital resource.  

This national approach allows the Digital Atlas to deliver in depth information on topics like income support, demographic breakdown, employment figures and environmental changes, arming government with comprehensive data to better understand and respond to priority issues, including emergency management, and address place-based needs for all Australians.

The platform is built with the latest technology and has passed strict security assessments to safeguard and enable safe data sharing and offer an enduring resource that will serve the needs of government and Australians well into the future.

Visit the Digital Atlas of Australia for more information.