Vegetation Profiles: fact sheets of the major vegetation groups

The information contained in the following 23 Major Vegetation Group Fact Sheets is based on the National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) Stage 1, Version 3.0


About the Major Vegetation Groups (MVGs)

The NVIS database contains over 9000 distinct vegetation types. To summarise the type and distribution of Australia's native vegetation, 23 Major Vegetation Groups (MVGs) have been derived by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.

The MVG classification is conceptually based on aggregations of 'like' vegetation types, principally in terms of structure growth form and floristic composition in the dominant stratum for each vegetation-type.

Each MVG has different mixes of plant species within the canopy, shrub and ground layers, but vegetation within each is structurally similar and often dominated by a single genus. From a mapping perspective, an MVG reflects the dominant vegetation occurring in a spatial unit and may embody a number of sub-dominant vegetation types.

Further Information

Further information and GIS data can be found in the report Australia's Native Vegetation - A summary of Australia's Major Vegetation Groups, 2007.