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What is Vicmap Basemaps?

Vicmap Basemaps provides a suite of tiled basemap services to  visualise foundational Vicmap data in web mapping applications and GIS desktop environments.

Vicmap Basemaps is the Victorian Government’s preferred basemap to overlay your business-critical information in an authoritative, current and clear context.

Features of the service:
  • built on Vicmap - the foundational spatial data that underpins most spatial information in Victoria
  • weekly updates (excluding Aerial basemap)
  • ongoing services improvements
  • open standard web services (WMTS)
  • built on highly available, cloud-based IT infrastructure

What basemaps are available?

There are three styles of basemaps in two coordinate systems available in the Vicmap Basemaps service.

The styles include:

  • Aerial statewide mosaic of satellite and aerial imagery captured by the Coordinated Imagery Program (CIP) managed by the Vicmap team
  • Cartographic a simple-styled topographic map designed by professional cartographers in the Vicmap team
  • Overlay a simple-styled overlay map designed to be overlaid onto the aerial basemap.

The complete set of basemaps include:

  • Vicmap Basemap – VicGrid94 - Aerial
  • Vicmap Basemap – VicGrid94 - Cartographic
  • Vicmap Basemap – VicGrid94 – Overlay
  • Vicmap Basemap – Web Mercator - Aerial
  • Vicmap Basemap – Web Mercator - Cartographic
  • Vicmap Basemap – Web Mercator – Overlay

Who can use Vicmap Basemaps?

Vicmap Basemaps is an open service that can be used by anyone. However, licensing applies for integration into commercial applications and services. Refer to licensing information below.

Please contact Vicmap help if you are interested in accessing the service.

Technical information

Developers can integrate Vicmap Basemap (formerly Vicmap API) a Web Map Service (WMS or WMTS) into any web mapping applications such as Open Layers, Leaflet using a single like of code.

Read more about technical information.

What types of licencing is available?

Vicmap Basemap is a licensed and supported product and annual fees can apply.

There is a licence service fee  for incorporating Vicmap Basemap into your business website or web mapping application.

A variety of licensing levels are available from large corporate licences that may use the imagery component in their products to single seat licences for sole traders.

Educational and community groups licences are also available. A new licensing model will be available in 2021.

Read more about licensing and copyright.

What type of service levels are available?

The Vicmap Basemaps service is hosted on infrastructure in the Amazon Web Services cloud and is available 24/7. However, the service is only supported during business hours.

What is the currency of Vicmap Basemaps?

The Vicmap Basemap, Cartographic and Overlay services are updated weekly.

Imagery is updated annually for Melbourne metropolitan area and every 1-3 years in regional areas.

The Vicmap Basemap, Aerial services are updated annually for Melbourne metropolitan area and every 1-3 years in regional areas.

Basemap examples

Planned burning in victoria

Fire Operations Plans outline where DELWP and Parks Victoria intend to carry out fire prevention and preparedness activities on Victoria’s public land over the next three years.

These planned activities include:

  • planned burning
  • slashing
  • mowing and clearing works
  • creating and maintaining fuel breaks
  • and carrying out fire infrastructure maintenance.

The current Planned Burns can be viewed via an interactive map that utilises Vicmap Basemap as its platform.

The map shows all approved planned burns and mechanical works to occur in the nex 10 days.

The map allows, neighbours visitors and the general public to get an indication as to where and when the forthcoming fuel reduction burns are to take place and take appropriate action.

Vicmap API map tiles accurately show where the burn is to take place and uses the most recent and authoritative map data available.

Basemap example
Planned burning in Victoria image.

The Waterwatch Victoria

The Waterwatch Victoria Data Management System incorporates Vicmap API technology to enable topographical representation and filtering, site location pins and visual scale interactivity, for the ease of public consumption of data.

Waterwatch Victoria Data Management System.

Real-time information and a historical records of how river systems and bodies of water have changed over time are available and easily accessible by locating points of interest via the Vicmap API.

This vital information is imperative to help waterway managers identify health and environmental risks.

The Waterwatch Victoria basemaps real time image.

The Vicmap API also helps Waterwatch monitors and coordinators locate new (and existing) sites for monitoring by displaying site locations within the Waterwatch interface.

Through the use of precise location coordinates shown on the Vicmap Basemaps data consistency is ensured by different monitors
collecting water samples from the same place at each monitoring site.

Image displaying site locations within the Waterwatch interface.

How to get help

Vicmap customers and business custodians can contact the Vicmap helpdesk for product information and support.

Page last updated: 01/12/20