NSW Koala Habitat Suitability Models v1.0

The purpose of this layer is to measure koala habitat suitability at any location across NSW.

The statewide Koala Habitat Information Base (KHIB) has been developed as part of the NSW Koala Strategy. It delivers the best available state-wide spatial data on koala habitat, likelihood, koala preferred trees and koala sightings for NSW.

It will be an important resource to assist government agencies, local councils and private land holders with koala conservation decisions.

The Koala Habitat Suitability Models v1.0 (KHSM) are built off a predictive (MaxEnt) model, iteratively developed following a series of expert reviews. The KHSM is delivered as a set of six regional models that show how koala habitat quality varies at a regional scale, and one model that predicts the most westerly extent that koalas have the potential to occupy. Each of the models provide an indication of where animals have the potential to reside rather than where they do reside, i.e. the term “habitat” refers to areas that koalas have the potential to occupy but may not actually live.

Each region's model is available for download below as a zipped 5m tif image readable in any spatial software package. An ArcGIS mxd is also supplied for suggested symbology.

All Koala Habitat Information Base datasets are available for download at the links below under 'Dataset relationship'.

For further information on the data layers and their development, please see the Koala Habitat Information Base Technical Guide.

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Additional Info

Metadata template type Raster
Asset Type Dataset
Parent koala-habitat-information-base
Edition 1.0
Purpose The Koala Habitat Information Base can help prioritise the establishment of new koala reserves and private land conservation agreements, ensure local actions are based on the best available information, and improve the management of threats and disease. It will be an important resource to assist government agencies, local councils and private land holders with koala conservation decisions. The Koala Habitat Information Base is not an regulatory instrument, meaning that the data layers do not categorise land for regulatory purposes. It does provide the best available scientific information to support decision makers, rehabilitators, land managers and community members involved in koala conservation
Update Frequency Unknown
OEH Service Native Plants and Animals
Keywords ECOLOGY-Habitat,FAUNA-Native
Field of Research (optional) Wildlife and Habitat Management
Geospatial Topic Environment
NSW Place Name NSW
Geospatial Coverage

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 1979-01-01 - 2019-02-08
Datum GDA94 / NSW Lambert
Licence Creative Commons Attribution
Landing page https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/opendata/dataset/koala-habitat-information-base-habitat-suitability-models-v1-0
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Attribution Department of Planning, Industry and Environment asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and Department of Planning, Industry and Environment 2019"