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I need to start doing some GIS demos for Australian clients.
I have a few ideas on what I want to demo, but I have now realised I should find some data before thinking too hard.

In terms of basemap data, thats fine = I can use Bing or OSM fine.
I need data for operational layers that I can throw on top of this.

Really anything, as long as it gives me something to work with, so I can start to build a story for my demos.

It needs to be free, within Australia, and open for use (or I can credit people where need be)

e.g. Flood Zone Data Historic bush fire data Historic weather data Census data Crime data Disease data Anything. The more the better!

Can anyone help provide some sources to gather this information? Google has not given me much luck.

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Can a mod make this C-Wiki? At present I cant decide on a right answer, and there could be plenty more answers that might help me/others. Land-use anyone? –  Simon Aug 22 '11 at 9:31
    
converted to community wiki on the request of Simon (original poster of the question). –  Mapperz Aug 23 '11 at 15:08

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Australian 2006 census

  • Download the digital boundaries from the ABS here.
  • Download the census tables (at Collection District level) here.

Australian 2011 census

  • digital boundaries and census tables available here (you need to register)

Postcodes and Suburbs

  • Download boundaries from the ABS here.

Crime

  • Crime statistics (New South Wales only) available here - links to the ABS digital boundaries
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My list of Free GIS Data lists freely available GIS data for various countries including Australia. Unfortunately there is only one link for Australia, but that is to a government site which seems to provide a lot of data.

Also, a large number of global datasets are linked to on that page, which may give you interesting data to demo to your clients (for example, climate data, gridded population data, airline route data).

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Try data.gov.au for Australian spatial data. Most of it in kml/kmz format. Most state governments also have equivalent sites (eg. data.vic.gov.au or data.nsw.gov.au.

Geoscience Australia has an extensive catalogue of data for sale or for free download, including the Geodata 250K Topography dataset package. Also, the Bureau of Statistics now offers a lot of data (including historical) in spatial formats.

A few of these sites will require a sign-up, but beyond a basic form to fill in you should be good to go with the data.

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Universities are also a good starting point for acquiring free GIS data. Depending upon the scale of data you want government agencies usually offer data for free too, however the detail of data may increase at a more local scale such as at the county or city level (e.g. aerial imagery). Here are a couple of links to get you started.

University of Melbourne GIS

Bushfire protection areas

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I know this is an old post, however I have processed the Census data along with Australia Post and the Gazeteer and have created individual KML files for each suburb boundary and put it on GitHub.

You can get it here: https://github.com/aidanmorgan/aus_suburb_kml

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You can get some pretty good info from here Queensland Government Information Service . Property boundaries, mine areas, pest areas etc

Just check the licence when you download them.

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For fire data, visit:

http://earthdata.nasa.gov/data/nrt-data/firms/active-fire-data

You can download archived fire data from FIRMS as well.

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Found an excellent source for data called Koordinates.

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Thanks for all the links so far.

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