Victoria: Victoria, the south-eastern state of Australia, has made high value spatial data freely available for all Victorians. The first stage of spatial data release includes local government, electoral, urban growth and planning scheme boundaries, rail network and relief contour data and parks and conservation areas.
In August 2012, the state government released its DataVic Access Policy to promote the importance of sharing government data at no or minimal cost to users. The spatial data that identifies the geographic locations and boundaries is now available at www.data.vic.gov.au – the online directory that provides Victorians with centralised access to government data. This initial release in multiple formats – including the underlying raw data – has opened up more than 400 datasets. With changing expectations around open data, the state government is linking information sources together and broadening the content available in the pool – making it easier to tailor and use the data specific to their needs.