NSW Government releases spatial data for property industry

The newly-released data has multiple applications, particularly for industries that rely on accurate and detailed mapping

The New South Wales Government has released new spatial data from NSW Land and Property Information (LPI) to assist property developers, planners and engineers.

Making the announcement at the NSW Government’s Open Data Thinktank in Sydney, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation, Victor Dominello, said that the new spatial data was now freely available as datasets or web services.

The data is known as NSW Foundation Spatial Data, and has multiple applications, particularly for industries that rely on accurate and detailed mapping.

Mr Dominello said the LPI spatial data will be accessible through web services licensed under creative commons, as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to open data.

The new datasets and web services can be accessed via the NSW Spatial Data Catalogue under the following titles:

  • ABS Geographical Statistical Boundaries (dataset)
  • Imagery (LPI web service)
  • NSW State Border (dataset)
  • Points of Interest (LPI web service)
  • NSW Base Map (LPI web service)
  • Address locations (LPI web service)
  • Imagery Date (LPI web service)
  • Administrative Boundaries (LPI web service)

LPI, in collaboration with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), has recently released geographical boundaries and census data for free on the NSW Globe website.

In the last month alone there have been more than 21 million requests for open data made through NSW Government initiatives like Data.nsw, Apps4NSW and NSW Globe.

“The newly available data… is a treasure trove for developers, planners, engineers and other professions," said Mr Dominello.

“People can use the new points of interest web service to locate everything from shops, hospitals and museums to more obscure features like slipways, BMX tracks, outdoor theatres, cable cars and even ship wrecks.

“Information which previously sat hidden away within the bureaucracy is now being used and applied by developers, researchers and industry to improve products and services.”

The new imagery service allows users to view the latest satellite and aerial imagery, available in both standard and high definitions, as well as historical images.