Tasmanian Reserve Estate Spatial Layer

​​​The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer has been created to provide the mapped extent of the reserve system in Tasmania. This reserve system extends over land, inland waters, estuaries and marine areas. 

The layer provides a spatial representation of Tasmania’s Reserve Estate for use as the authoritative source of information on the extent, type and distribution of the comprehensive, adequate and representative (CAR) reserve system in Tasmania.

The layer is generally created with an as-at date of the end of each financial year. It is available at the end of November following the as-at date.


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Area of Tasmania Reserved as at 30 June 2017

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer as at 30 June 2017 indicates a total reserved area of 3,613,200 hectares, including formal and informal reserves on public land, reserves on private land, and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The terrestrial reserved area is 3,428,200 hectares, or 50.3% of the area of Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate includes a further 135,300 hectares in Marine Protected Areas, of which Macquarie Island MPA is 74,700 hectares. There are a further 49,700 hectares under reserve in other areas of the marine and estuarine environments.

Notes: The area of Tasmania used is 6.81 million hectares, based on the mean high-water mark. This includes Macquarie Island and other Tasmanian offshore islands. It excludes estuaries.


​Business Rules and Metadata

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer has been developed by following established Business Rules. This ensures the layer is kept up to date in a consistent manner and provides a consistent basis for reporting on attributes of the reserve system. A matrix is given to show which reserve classes are used for various reporting requirements.


Areas by Class

Areas for the Reserve Estate by reserve class with terrestrial and marine breakdowns are available in the following table:-



Report of TASVEG Vegetation Communities in Tasmania's Reserve System

The table, below, provides information for each TASVEG community.

Area within different reserve types is given, along with catchment, IBRA, and NRM breakdowns. Threatened Native Vegetation Communities have been indicated in the spreadsheet. 


​Reporting Uses

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer is used to underpin regular reporting about the reserve system.  Reporting occurs 


​​Tasmanian Reservation Histories

The compilation of Tasmanian reservation histories is in progress. The reservation histories have been compiled from a variety of sources.


​Accessing the Data

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer can be accessed in two ways:

On the Tasmanian online mapping service LIST

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer is available on LIST where it can be searched in a map-based tool.

To use LIST:
  1. Visit the LIS​T website​.
  2. Click LISTmap
  3. Select Theme: Mapping (this will give a topographic background)
  4. Choose quick link or type Place name (map should appear)
  5. In the LISTmap window, Click Manage Layers
  6. Click the pull-down menu under Available Categories
  7. Under Land Use and Administration, Click Reserves
  8. Use the arrows to select and transfer Tasmanian Reserve Estate from the Available Layers box to the Displayed Layers box.
  9. Click Apply 
  10. To get reserve attributes highlight Tasmanian Reserve Estate in the Layers box and then click on the reserve using the information tool.

Acquire the spatial layer

The layer is avilable in shapefile and mapinfo formats.  The Tasmanian Reserve spatial layer is available through the LIST Opendata.



Spatial Analyst
Felicity Faulkner
134 Macquarie Street
Phone: 03 6165 4391
Email: Felicity.Faulkner@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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