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 2018

The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer as at 30 June 2018 indicates a total reserved area of 3,613,00 hectares, including formal and informal reserves on public land, reserves on private land, and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

The terrestrial reserved area is 3,428,000 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:-

  Tasmanian Reserve Estate Areas as at 30 June 2018   (388Kb)



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:

1. 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:
Anyone can access the Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer via the web using the LISTmap viewer. The most recent version of the layer can be added by using the 'Add Layer +' button. The Tasmanian Reserve Estate spatial layer is listed under the minor category 'Reserves' within the major category ‘Reserves and Administrative Boundaries'. The layer can also be found by typing the search phrase "Estate" within the 'Manage Layers' search tool.

2. Acquire the spatial layer

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



Spatial Analyst
Felicity Faulkner
Level 8, 59 Liverpool Street
Phone: 03 6165 4391
Email: Felicity.Faulkner@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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