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About spatial data

What is spatial data?

Spatial data describes the shape and location of features and boundaries such as natural features, buildings, survey marks, land parcels, street addresses and local government areas. 

Digital spatial data has become a vital tool for people who need information on land, the environment, transport, communications, utility services and demographics. It is also used in everyday life through services such as GPS and online navigation. 

What support is available?

Spatial Services is a division of the Department of Finance Services and Innovation. It is the key provider of spatial data and services for NSW and contributes towards a Digital Government. 

Spatial data, products and services are utilised for a variety of purposes including: land management, state economic and social development and providing government services to the community, such as event and emergency management. 

Key Spatial Services initiatives include: 

  • Enable the community, business and Government to maximise benefits from land and property, as well as to generate economic prosperity. 

  • Deliver authoritative land and spatial data services including property, surveying and mapping information. 

  • Provide policy and guidance to support best practices and compliance with set standards 

  • Oversee the practice and conduct of surveying in NSW through the Board of Surveying and Spatial Information of NSW (BOSSI) 

  • Standardising and assigning NSW place names through the Geographical Names Board (GNB) 

Throughout NSW, Australia and internationally the following products and services are available: 

This data is available via the Spatial Services Portal.

The following Information Sheets on spatial products and services are available, including: 


Last updated: 19 June 2019