NVIS data products

A range of NVIS data products are available for use on different scales. Highly detailed data is received from state and territory custodians with standard NVIS attributes, and compiled into the national NVIS database. The resultant datasets are suited for use at a regional scale, however the Department is only licensed to use these detailed state and territory vegetation data within the Department, and are prohibited from making it publicly available.

The detailed data is also generalised and added to non-NVIS data to fill gaps, and recompiled to create the NVIS Major Vegetation Group (MVG) and Major Vegetation Subgroup (MVS) products. These generalised data are suited for national-scale analyses, and download links can be found below.

Current status of NVIS
Version Description Status

1

The original NVIS; released in 2001.

2

A restructured NVIS database; included Level V data.

Superseded                    

3.0

This version comprised a full refresh, with the publication of updated MVGs. The 30 MVGs are based on structure, growth form and floristic composition of the dominant stratum of each vegetation type.

Superseded, but derived products are available.

3.1

This version includes 67 MVSs, a more detailed classification than MVG; based on MVG but includes understorey characteristics and other identifying floristic affinities.

Superseded

4.0

Not a product; vector data supplied to BRS/NFI for State of the Forests Report (2008).

4.1

New; 2012 release with new and updated NVIS data from most jurisdictions. All data has been reinterpreted into revised MVG and MVS classifications. This version includes 33 MVGs and 85 MVSs. Also used in the State of the Environment Report 2011,

Major Vegetation Groups and Major Vegetation Subgroups

NVIS information has been compiled to enable Australia-wide analyses of the Major Vegetation Groups (MVGs) and Major Vegetation Subgroups (MVSs), which are based on the detailed NVIS Level I-VI data. Some non-NVIS data have been used in the development of these products where gaps exist in the NVIS spatial data.

These broader-scale interpretations are limited to 33 MVGs and 85 MVSs that represent the dominant vegetation in each spatial feature. (Note: the exact number of Groups and Subgroups varies between different NVIS versions.)

These products are designed for broad use at a national or state-wide scale, or for simple vegetation descriptions at a regional scale. They are available in Present (Extant) and Estimated Pre-1750 (pre-European) vegetation themes.

Downloads

NVIS Version 4.1
Download rasters Download vectors MVG/MVS supporting information

NVIS Major Vegetation Groups (Version 4.1)

Coverage: Australia (33 groups)
Resolution: 100 m x 100 m
Format: ArcInfo Grid/ArcGIS File Geodatabase
Coordinate System: Albers Equal Area; GDA94 datum

Note: superseded versions of the MVGs have been withdrawn.

 

List of Version 4.1 Major Vegetation Groups

Numeric order (PDF - 23.99 KB)
Numeric order (DOCX - 33.89 KB)

Preferred sort order (PDF - 23.86 KB)
Preferred sort order (DOCX - 34.21 KB)

NVIS Major Vegetation Subgroups (Version 4.1)

Coverage: Australia (85 subgroups)
Resolution: 100 m x 100 m
Format: ArcInfo Grid/ArcGIS File Geodatabase
Coordinate System: Albers Equal Area; GDA94 datum

Note: superseded versions of the MVSs have been withdrawn.

 

List of Version 4.1 Major Vegetation Subgroup

Numeric order (PDF - 36.19 KB)
Numeric order (DOCX - 36.91 KB)

Preferred sort order (PDF - 35.83 KB)
Preferred sort order (DOCX - 38.92 KB)

NVIS Key Layers (Version 4.1)

 

Coverage: Australia
Format: ArcGIS File Geodatabase/ArcGIS shapefile
Coordinate System: Albers Equal Area; GDA94 datum

NVIS Version 3.0 / 3.1
Download rasters Download vectors MVG/MVS supporting information

NVIS Major Vegetation Subgroups (Version 3.1)

Coverage: Australia (67 subgroups)
Resolution: 100 m x 100 m
Format: Arc/Info Grid
Coordinate System: Albers Equal Area; GDA94 datum

Note: this data has been superseded and is no longer available online.

  View list of Major Vegetation Subgroups (PDF - 23.53 KB)

NVIS Major Vegetation Groups (Version 3.0)

Coverage: Australia (30 groups)
Resolution: 100 m x 100 m
Format: Arc/Info Grid
Coordinate System: Albers Equal Area; GDA94 datum

Note: this data has been superseded and is no longer available online.

Coverage: Australia (30 groups)
Resolution: 1 km x 1 km
Format: ESRI Shapefile
Coordinate System: Geographics; GDA94 datum

Note: this data has been superseded and is no longer available online.

View list of Major Vegetation Groups (PDF - 57.33 KB) ​

Note: superseded versions of the MVGs have been withdrawn.

NVIS Key Layers (Version 3.0)