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Foundation Spatial Data Framework

FSDF is a change program on Australia's "common asset" of location information. Users rely heavily on the same trusted information to make decisions that affect people's safety, prosperity, and environment. Innovation will be enabled through discovery and access to reliable, trusted data from custodians. Suppliers will be able to leverage the best approaches for managing and supplying spatial data through shared experience. Roles and responsibilities will be recognised and supported.

Jurisdictional data is the foundation of national information.


New Zealand actively participates in the initiatives arising from the ANZLIC Strategic Plan, including the FSDF. New Zealand is committed to the conceptual and logical model of the FSDF but has its own program for implementing the themes at the dataset level.

New Zealand fundamental geospatial datasets and theme v2.0

Spatial data themes group data with similar characteristics in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of information management processes. Some data may naturally fit within more than one theme, for example a road is both transport infrastructure and also used to delineate some administrative boundaries. This situation is resolved within the logic of the theme structure.

ANZLIC recognises that the framework of ten themes may expand over time to meet increased demand from the user community and as data suppliers improve their technical capacity to deliver a wider range of spatial products and services.