Satellite imagery at work Government 

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Autumnal scene of Hobart town showing yellow mature trees, roads and green hills

Informing decisions, from council to Commonwealth

Relevant, accurate and up-to-date spatial information is an essential resource for Australia’s public sector. 

Through the Digital Earth Australia (DEA) program, any public or private project can now call upon petabytes of pre-processed satellite imagery and analysis ready data for free. The data can be viewed on a map, downloaded, or imported as a web service for use on other platforms. It’s information that’s been calibrated and validated according to international standards and provided as open source products.  

Our data products help authorities keep an eye on our beaches, manage megalitres of water, and support economic accounting.  

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satellite image of lake system with emphasised blue lakes against yellow land

Protecting a precious resource in the Murray-Darling Basin

DEA datasets have helped raise New South Wales’ capacity for water governance by 500 per cent

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Satellites for sustainable development

Satellite data contributes to economic accounting and Australia’s progress towards 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals 

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Towards National Land Account 2021

DEA data is supporting the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

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Data for groundwater

Our scientists link DEA data with rainfall and stream gauge data to build a better picture of groundwater across Australia’s north

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