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This dataset presents information from National Land Cover Account, Time series of land cover stock positions, 1988 to 2020 by Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s), 2016, from the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 2.

This is part of the National Land Cover Account that provides Experimental statistics on detailed land cover stock positions and changes in land cover from 1988 to 2020.

The National Land Cover Account was produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and released in alignment with the Commonwealth government's Common national approach to environmental-economic accounting in Australia. Experimental estimates published in the Land Cover Account were developed in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (now Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water) and Geoscience Australia (GA), including GA's internal research area: Digital Earth Australia (DEA).

Further information on the National Land Cover Account methodology can be found here.

Data considerations
The input data was not collected or validated at SA2 level. Classes with small estimates are less reliable and should be used with caution. Any discrepancies between totals and sums of components in this publication are due to rounding.

Zeros can be real zeros (or rounded to zero), or data that is not available.

SA2s that cover Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island are not in scope of the account and these SA2s have not been included in the data.

Made possible by the Digital Atlas of Australia
The Digital Atlas of Australia is an Australian Government initiative being led by Geoscience Australia. It will bring together trusted datasets from across government in an interactive, secure, and easy-to-use geospatial platform. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is working in partnership with Geoscience Australia to establish a set of web services to make ABS data available in the Digital Atlas.

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Data and geography references
Source data publication: National Land Cover Account
Geographic boundary information: Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2016
Further information: National Land Cover Account methodology
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

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