[talk-au] import of state borders?

Andrew Harvey andrew.harvey4 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 13:28:55 BST 2012

On 15/08/12 06:01, Michael Krämer wrote:
> Hi,
> first of all a quick introduction: I'm one of those armchair mappers
> trying to assist in cleaning up the mess after the redation bot.
> When doing so I've noticed that most of the state and territory borders
> are gone. I could already reconstruct the straight parts from remaining
> segments and nodes. But the non-straight parts are still missing, so
> there isn't much left of ACT at the moment, for example.
> Looking for a source for these I came across the data from the
> Australian Bureau of Statistics which are ODbL-compliant according to
> [1]. Available is are shapefiles for the electoral boundaries [2] and to
> my understanding these had previously been used for the state boundaries.
> So I would suggest to import the missing parts of the boundaries from
> these datasets again. This wouldn't be an automatic import but include
> manually combining the data with what's already there.
> Any thoughts?

> [2]
> http://data.gov.au/dataset/commonwealth-electoral-boundaries-archive-2009/

No comment on the import, but I wouldn't use the Electoral boundaries to
derive any kind of state boundary.

Also since data.gov.au just pulls the data from the various different
government agencies, I would suggest getting it straight from the source.


You would want the last one listed: State (S/T) ASGS Ed 2011 Digital
Boundaries in ESRI Shapefile Format. Note the copyright for this

Various other different admin levels are also at

Beware though, that these are not the official state boundaries, or
other admin boundaries. They only represent an ABS approximation of the
official boundary with the aim of generating statistics on these areas.

For most purposes they are good enough representation of the actual
boundary for us, especially in lure of a better source, and without any
on the ground mapping.

I hope this has provided some insight.

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