The ACT Government is committed to open government and open data. The release of government data creates opportunities for innovative use and reuse of data, and allows the commercial, research and community sectors to add value. Releasing government data also assists government in making evidence-based policy and service delivery decisions and supports increased citizen participation in government.
Please refer to the Data Terms and Conditions for more information about how to utilise the information provided on this website.
The ACT Government regularly undertakes aerial photography of the ACT for mapping and planning purposes. Aerial photography from 1955 is available free on ACTmapi however please refer to each imagery capture for more details on the license.
Since February 2019 the Territory has committed to supplying Seasonal Urban Aerial Imagery to the community. One capture each year will include the whole ACT. This imagery is available under the CCBY license.
Year Month Extent Resolution License 2022 February Urban CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2021 December Whole ACT * western edge not captured 7.5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2021 April Urban 10cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2021 February Whole ACT 7.5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2020 November Urban 7.5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2020 5 June Urban 7.5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2020 23 April Whole ACT 10cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and MetroMap” 2020 21 January Urban 5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and Spookfish Australia Pty Ltd” 2019 22 October and 22 November Whole ACT 5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and Spookfish Australia Pty Ltd” 2019 19 June Urban 5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and Spookfish Australia Pty Ltd” 2019 9 February Urban 5cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory and Spookfish Australia Pty Ltd” 2018 19 March Urban 10cm CCBY “Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd and Australian Capital Territory” 2017 May Whole ACT 10cm CCBY “Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd and Australian Capital Territory” 2016 26 March Urban 10cm CCBY “Australian Capital Territory" 2015 23 and 26 March Whole ACT 20cm RGBN CCBY “Australian Capital Territory" 2014 21 February and 14 April Urban 10cm Copyright AUSIMAGE Sinclair Knight Merz Pty Ltd, trading as Jacobs. All rights reserved. Jacobs is the owner and supplier of this aerial imagery 2012 25 February and 5 May Whole ACT 10cm Copyright AAM Pty Limited 2009 March Urban 10cm Copyright AAMHatch 2006 September Urban Copyright TBC 2004 May Urban Copyright AUSIMAGE Sinclair Knight Merz Pty. Ltd, trading as Jacobs 1955 January City Centre CC
Digital Elevation Data and Near Infrared Imagery
Digital Elevation Data and Near Infrared Imagery
The Territory has captured LiDAR* and Near Infrared Imagery** resulting in highly accurate 3D datasets that are provided to the public under an open license. To download, please use https://elevation.fsdf.org.au
Year Month Points per metre License 2015 November 4-8 PPM CCBY "Australian Capital Territory" 2020 March 8-20 PPM CCBY "Australian Capital Territory and Aerometrex Limited"
These datasets have been of significant value to:
- ACT Government – through providing essential information to flood and bushfire mapping as well as assisted in planning and infrastructure construction (3D Canberra). It has also provided the environmental sector a chance to analysis canopy cover, living infrastructure and identify significant habitats areas (the decline of Blakely’s red gum) as well as assisted the urban tree plantation.
- Industry – through providing detailed elevation and surface model ensuring companies can reduce the cost of field surveys as well as increase the accuracy of their models (for example construction, flood, water way management, architects etc.). Examples of industry utilising this valuable resource is redevelopment of Union Court at ANU including forming a pond on Sullivan Creek and Autonomous Vehicle trials.
- Research – through improving and promoting the use of high quality and easily accessible spatial data such as elevation, imagery and other land and environmental management spatial data. Examples such as “green infrastructure- project on health and the built environment in the ACT” where CSRIO linked urban forms to urban resource through the analysis of infrastructure and urban metabolism.
* LiDAR (light detection and ranging) is an optical remote-sensing technique that uses laser to densely sample the surface of the earth, producing highly accurate x,y,z measurements. LiDAR, primarily used in airborne laser mapping applications and is emerging as a cost-effective alternative to traditional surveying techniques such as photogrammetry. LiDAR produces mass point cloud datasets that can be managed, visualized, analysed, and shared using the GIS software ACT Government staff currently have access to.
** Near Infrared imagery differs from a normal red/green/blue (RGB) image, in that it adds an additional near infrared bands that the naked eye is unable to distinguish. By combining this 4th band the analyst or machine can determine signatures of specific vegetation like weeds, algae or a single species of vegetation, and can determine soil moisture content and the presence of fire.