Drainage basins - Queensland

Drainage basins - Queensland


Title: Drainage basins - Queensland
Alternative title: Drainage basins
Date: 2021-05-18 (publication)
Presentation form code: mapDigital
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Abstract / Description:
This dataset contains the extent, name and unique ID number of the Drainage Basins in the State of Queensland, as defined by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC).
To provide an authorative single point of truth for the extent of Drainage Basins in the State Queensland. It is suitable for use in land administration, emergency and water management, monitoring of climate change, hydrological modelling, topographic and vegetation mapping and in the production of navigational and web based mapping applications.
Additional Information:
The dataset was captured at 1:100 000.

The seaward edge of this data aligns with the Coastline and State Border - Queensland dataset.

Feature Types:
DRAINAGE BASIN - A region of land where water from rain drains downhill into a body of water, such as a river, lake, dam, wetland, sea or ocean. The extent of land covered by a drainage basin was originally determined by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC).

BASIN_NAME - The name of the Drainage Basin
BASIN_NUMBER - A unique number allocated to the Drainge Basin

Australia is divided into a number of Drainage Divisions, Queensland is covered by five Drainage Divisions -Bulloo, Gulf, Lake Eyre, Murray Darling and North East Coast and each is allocated a unique ID number
Those rivers flowing into the Coral Sea in Queensland are classified as being within the North East Coast Drainage Division which has been allocated the number one (1)
Drainage Divisions are broken into smaller Drainage Basins based on the major rivers in those divisions e.g. Burdekin Drainage Basin, Fitzroy Drainage Basin.
All Drainage Basins are allocated a unique ID number starting with the unique ID number of the Drainage Division they are within. Based on the unique number of the Drainage Basin, a user can determine which Drainage Division the basin is within. All drainage Basins within the North East Coast Drainage Division have been allocated a unique number starting with 1. e.g. The Burdekin Drainage Basin is number 12, the Fitzroy Drainage Basin is number 14 and so on.

Flow is determined using low rainfall. It areas of flat terrain, high rainfall can cause water to flow across watersheds.

This dataset is stored in an ESRI Geodatabase. Some columns names may be shortened if downloaded in the ESRI shape format.
Language: eng
Character set: unknown


ISO topic category codes: inlandWaters

Spatial Data Information

Spatial representation type: vector
Coordinate Reference System EPSG code: EPSG:4283
Title: EPSG Geodetic Parameter
Date: 2007-07-16 (revision)
Edition: Version 6.13
Spatial resolution:
Equivalent scale: 1 : 100000


Point of contact:
Organisation: Department of Resources
Delivery point: 1 William Street
City: Brisbane
State: Queensland
Postcode: 4000
Country: Australia
Email: support@spatial-qld-support.atlassian.net
Organisation: Department of Resources


Progress status: completed
Maintenance and update frequency: asNeeded

Data / Resource Constraints

Resource Access Level: -->
Security classification (ISO 19115): unclassified
Use limitation: Unrestricted to all levels of government and community
Copyright: (as use constraint)
© State of Queensland (Department of Resources) 2022
Licence: (as use constraint)
This material is licensed under a Creative Commons - Attribution 4.0 International licence.
Creative Commons License
Department of Resources requests attribution in the following manner:
© State of Queensland (Department of Resources) Year. Updated data available at http://qldspatial.information.qld.gov.au/catalogue//.

Temporal and Spatial extents:

Bounding box:
West bounding longitude: 138.000
East bounding longitude: 155.000
South bounding latitude: -29.500
North bounding latitude: -9.000
Temporal extent:
Start: 2009-01-01 End: 2021-05-18

Data Quality

Data quality scope:
Level: dataset
Completeness (omission):

Capture is complete
Consistency (conceptual):

Data should be free from overshoots, undershoots, duplicate lines. Drainage lines should not cross division boundaries.
Positional accuracy (external, absolute):

Accuracy of the data is dependent on the accuracy of the elevation data of the associated 1:100000 topographic map. This data is suitable for scales 1:100000 and greater.
Attribute accuracy (non quantitative):

Attribute naming was validated against the names supplied by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC) and has an accuracy of 100%.


Lineage statement:
The location of Australia’s Drainage Basins were originally defined by the Australian Water Resources Management Committee (WRMC).
To accurately plot the location of the boundaries, the definition of the basins were compared with 1:100000 topographic mapping (published and unpublished) and the location of the watershed based on the contours was plotted onto hard copy maps. These plotted lines were later digitised to create a spatial dataset.
With the 1:250000 drainage network as a background, checks were made to ensure that no drainage lines crossed a division boundary.

Drainage Basins are subsets of and have boundaries that are aligned to and nested with the associated Drainage Division.
Please refer to the Drainage Division - Queensland dataset.

In 2020, the seaward edge of the data was moved to align with the Coastline and State Border - Queensland dataset.


Name/identifier: Queensland Spatial Catalogue
Specification: Download Service
Online resource: Ordering information:
Fees: IncPrice=0000; GST=0000; Currency=AUD; AcctRef=9311662184795
Instructions: This data is available From Queensland Spatial Catalogue web site.

Name/identifier: downloadableData
Version: 10.0
Specification: ESRI ArcGIS Server Geoportal Extension Content Type

Name/identifier: From the Queensland Spatial Catalogue available as ESRI Shape file SHP, MapInfo Tab file TAB, ESRI file geodatabase FGDB, Google file KMZ, and Geopackage version 1.0, 1.1, or 1.2 file GPKG

Transfer size (megabytes): 7
Online resource:
Transfer options:
Online resource:
Website: Function: download

Web Service Finder:
Instructions: Use the URL to search QSpatial for web services displaying or using this dataset.

Metadata Reference Information

Hierarchy level (scope of the metadata): dataset
Identifier: {88F0CC58-0D80-E093-0181-39629AECF953}
Parent identifier: x
Metadata date stamp: 2011-04-19
Language: eng
Character set: utf8
Metadata standard name: ISO 19115:2005, ANZLIC ISO 1.1
Metadata version name: QGIS