Ecological significance mapping for land use planning and development assessment purposes
The Areas of Ecological Significance (AES) Mapping Methodology describes the process used by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) for mapping state biodiversity interests. The department uses these maps to support land-use planning, such as the preparation of state and local planning instruments under the Sustainable Planning Act 2009 and the Draft Coastal Protection State Planning Regulatory Provision. The AES maps are generated using information from a range of biodiversity mapping assessments and spatial information associated with legislation administered by EHP. Further information about the data layers used to generate the AES maps, and the uses and limitations of this mapping, can be found in the methodology.
Find out more about the AES methodology (PDF, 514kB)*
Obtaining an AES map
On this website it is possible to perform a property search and obtain an 'Areas of Ecological Significance Map' as a PDF. The map can only be emailed to a valid email address.
Information about map requests is collected and logged for quality assurance and product enhancement purposes only.
- Information shown on the map includes current data for Areas of Ecological Significance (AES), roads, railway lines and cadastral boundaries.
- Map elements include a scale bar, locality diagram, legend and graticule showing latitudes and longitudes.
- The maps are produced at a scale relevant to the size of the lot on plan identified.
- Consideration of the effects of mapped scale is necessary when interpreting data at a larger scale (e.g. 1:25,000). For property assessment, digital line work should be used as a guide only.
- The maps are A4 portrait and should be printed at this size.
Create a map using a Lot on Plan number
- Only one Lot on Plan number can be entered with each request.
- The map will show cadastre lines in the vicinity.
- The Lot on Plan number needs to be entered without spaces.
- If the Lot on Plan number is invalid, an email will be sent advising that the request for a map has failed.
- If the Lot on Plan number is not within an area for which mapping has been published, no map can be generated and an email advising that mapping is not available for the area will be sent.
- The Lot on Plan number is not case sensitive, i.e. 'a' is the same as 'A'.
- Any queries about using this service should be emailed to email@example.com.
Please specify if the query is related to Areas of Ecological Significance (AES) Mapping.
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