Estimated Inherent Soil Fertility of NSW

This map provides an estimation of the inherent fertility of soils in NSW. It uses the best available soils and natural resource mapping developed for the Land and Soil Capability (LSC) dataset.

The mapping describes soil fertility in NSW according to a five class system outlined below:

  • Low (1)
  • Moderately low (2)
  • Moderate (3)
  • Moderately high (4)
  • High (5)

It was derived from a lookup table system linking a fertility class to a particular soil type (Great Soil Group), which was then attributed for each soil map unit (see Table 1 in data package).

Online Maps: This dataset can be viewed using eSPADE (NSW’s soil spatial viewer), which contains a suite of soil and landscape information including soil profile data. Many of these datasets have hot-linked soil reports. An alternative viewer is the SEED Map; an ideal way to see what other natural resources datasets (e.g. vegetation) are available for this map area.

Reference: Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, 2021, Estimated Inherent Soil Fertility of NSW, Version 4.5, NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Parramatta.

Data and Resources

Metadata Summary What is metadata?

Field Value
Language English
Edition 4.5
Purpose Support natural resource management and decision making. It is one of the primary datasets used to create the regional Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL) maps under the NSW Government's Strategic Regional Land Use Policy.
Frequency of change As needed
Keywords SOIL,SOIL-Chemistry,SOIL-Physics,SOIL-Erosion,LAND-Topography,HAZARDS-Landslip,HAZARDS-Flood,VEGETATION,LAND-Use
Metadata Date 2013-05-02
Date of Asset Creation 2013-02-05
Date of Asset Revision 2021-10-20
Date of Asset Publication 2013-05-02
License Creative Commons Attribution 4.0
Equivalent Scale 250000
Vector representation
Record 1
Object type
Object count
Geospatial Topic Farming
NSW Place Name NSW

Dataset extent

Temporal Coverage From 2009-09-06 - 2013-05-02
Datum GDA94 Geographic (Lat\Long)
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Attribution NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water asserts the right to be attributed as author of the original material in the following manner: "© State Government of NSW and NSW Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water 2013"