Every two years, the Australian Government collects information on protected areas from state and territory Governments and other protected area managers. This information is published in the Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database (CAPAD).
CAPAD is used to provide a national perspective of the conservation of biodiversity in protected areas. It also allows Australia to regularly report on the status of protected areas to meet international obligations such as those in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Australian protected area information is also included in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA).
Under the Australia's Strategy for the National Reserve System 2009-2030 all the state and territory Governments and the Australian Government have agreed to adopt international standards for the definition of a protected area and management categories used by the IUCN.
Collaborative Australian Protected Area Database (CAPAD)
CAPAD10 includes 9,717 terrestrial protected areas covering 103,291,216 ha (13.4 per cent) of the Australian landmass. Marine data and information is also available as a separate dataset.
The textual data in tabular format is available to all clients accessing this web-site and can be downloaded in Microsoft Excel format. This information is provided as a national spreadsheet and split into state and territory spreadsheets.
GIS data is available via the Discover Information Geographically (DIG) website and access is subject to agreeing to a Departmental license agreement. The information is available in Arc Info or ArcGIS format. To seek access to this information for commercial purposes please contact the Environmental Resources Information Network (ERIN) at email@example.com stating the proposed use of the information.
CAPAD provides information at a national, state and territory level. For each grouping CAPAD includes information about the following:
- List of all protected areas. This list includes information on IUCN category, location (latitude and longitude of mid-point (centroid)), area (hectares) and gazettal date (the year an area was declared a protected area).
- Protected areas classified according to reservation type designations eg National Park, Conservation Covenant, Indigenous Protected Area.
- Protected areas classified according to IUCN management categories eg. Number of designated Category III protected areas in NSW.
- Protected areas classified according to type designations as a proportion of IBRA (Version 7) regions. For example, the number of type designations within the Victorian Midlands (VM) IBRA region in Victoria and the percentage of those types of Protected Areas within that region.
- Protected areas classified according to IUCN management categories as a proportion of IBRA region eg. Number of Category II protected areas in Queensland and the percentage of those IUCN categories within the Queensland IBRA regions.
- The level of protection of IBRA regions.
- The level of protection of IBRA subregions.
- Protected Areas classified according to governance e.g. government, joint, indigenous and private.
World Database on Protected Areas
The World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) is compiled from multiple sources and is the most comprehensive global dataset on marine and terrestrial protected areas available. It is a joint venture of UNEP and IUCN, produced by UNEP-WCMC and the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA) working with governments and collaborating NGOs.
With permission from the data providers the information in CAPAD is provided to the World Database on Protected Areas to assist in measuring progress toward global goals and targets.
Abbreviations have been used in order to reduce size of the data and to improve formatting to improve viewing on web pages. Full descriptions of the abbreviations are available below:
- Protected Areas Types and abbreviations
- IUCN Management Categories Descriptions and Codes
- Governance Descriptions and Codes (PDF - 16KB)
- Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)
- World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA)
- Strategy for Australia's National Reserve System 2009-2030
- International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)