State and territory responsibilities

The responsibility for 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 scale maps lies with the individual states and territories. Due to the differing policies from state to state there is no consistent plan for mapping or availability at these scales.

Australian Capital Territory
Maps at 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 covering the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) are produced for the ACT government by the New South Wales Land Information Centre. The ACT is in the boundary region between NSW’s 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 series.

New South Wales
New South Wales maps are produced by the Land Information Centre (LIC), formerly called the Central Mapping Authority (CMA) and many maps are titled CMA. The department produces maps of differing scales depending on the distance from the coast. The area along the coast is covered by a 1:25 000 series and includes most of the Great Dividing Range. A band inland from that is covered by a 1:50 000 series, including the Kosciuszko region. The rest of the state is covered by either LIC or NATMAP 1:100 000 series.

Northern Territory
The Department of Lands Housing and Government produces a 1:50 000 series covering the northern part of the territory. Around Alice Springs, the Conservation Commission produces a set of special maps for the Larapinta Trail. The remainder of the territory is covered by the NATMAP series.

TASMAP have produced a series of 1:25 000 scale maps covering almost the entire state, with the few missing ones all in the South West National Park, and the whole of the state is covered by the TASMAP 1:100 000 series. TASMAP also produces many useful 1:50 000 maps of national parks and popular recreation areas.

The Department of Lands produces a series of maps under the SUNMAP title. A mixture of 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 topographic maps exist for the most popular recreation regions. Only a small portion of the state is mapped at this scale and outdoor leaders also regularly use non-topographic maps produced by the Forestry Commission.

South Australia
The Department of Environment and Land Management produces a series of 1:50 000 maps to some of the state. This series concentrates on the regions south of Adelaide and from Adelaide north along the Flinders Ranges. The rest of the state is covered by the NATMAP series.

Western Australia
In Western Australia, the Department of Land Administration produces detailed topographic maps of selected regions. A variety of 1:50 000 and 1:25 000 maps cover the coastal regions. The southwestern corner of the state is fairly well mapped, with the remainder of the state being mainly covered by the NATMAP series. There are also special maps produced, such as the 1:75 000 series of the Bibbulmun Track.

In Victoria, maps are produced by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment under the label ‘VICMAP’. Most of the state is covered by a mixture of 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 maps, with the 1:50 000 scale maps predominantly covering the alps in the east and the desert areas to the west. Mapping is not quite complete with a few

1:50 000 scale maps yet to be published covering the northwest of the state. VICMAP also produces the Outdoor Leisure Series covering some of the more commonly used areas of the state. These are often ideal walking maps with coverage designed to fit with users’ needs, rather than cartographic boundary rules.