Download Australia Administrative Boundary Shapefiles – States, Local Government Area, Postal Areas and more

Hello GIS enthusiasts, IGISMAP has now published the latest GIS vector data of Australia administrative levels. Links for downloading the shapefiles of the important administrative divisions of Australia are provided in the following. You can also download these data in KML, GeoJSON or CSV formats. 


  • All data available are in GCS datum EPSG:4326 WGS84 CRS (Coordinate Reference System).
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Download Free Shapefile Data of Australia

Australia is the sixth largest country of the world by total area. It is a continent surrounded by Indian and Pacific oceans. Australia as a continent also exist as country, where Australia Continent does have Australia,  partially Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. Australia is one of the world’s most highly urbanized countries. Major cities of Australia are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide. Canberra is its capital city, which can be seen in the shapefile downloaded from below links.

Australia GIS Data - National Boundary
Australia National Boundary

Download Australia National Outline Boundary Shapefile

Download Australia States Shapefile Data

The states and territories are federated administrative divisions in Australia, ruled by regional governments that constitute the second level of governance between the federal government and local governments. The Federation of Australia constitutionally consists of six federated states and ten federal territories, out of which three are internal territories contiguous to the Australian mainland; and the other seven are external territories and other offshore dependent territories.

Federal States

  • New South Wales
  • Queensland
  • South Australia
  • Tasmania
  • Victoria
  • Western Australia

Internal Territories

  • Australian Capital Territory
  • Jervis Bay Territory
  • Northern Territory

External Territories

  • Ashmore and Cartier Islands
  • Christmas Island
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
  • Coral Sea Islands
  • Heard Island and McDonald Islands
  • Norfolk Island
  • Australian Antarctic Territory
Australia GIS Data - States Boundaries
Australia State Boundaries

Download Australia State Boundaries Shapefile

Download Australia Local Government Areas Shapefile Data

Local government is the third level of government in Australia, administered with limited autonomy under the states and territories, and in turn beneath the federal government. The Australian local government is generally run by a council, and its territory of public administration is referred to generically by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as the local government area or LGA, each of which encompasses multiple suburbs or localities often of different postcodes; however, stylized terms such as “city”, “borough” and “shire” also have a geographic or historical interpretation. As of August 2016, there were 547 local councils in Australia.

This shapefile covers following shire or council listed below:

  • Inner West Council
  • Council of the City of Sydney
  • Burwood Council
  • Canterbury-Bankstown Council
  • City of Banyule
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Boroondara
  • City of Yarra
  • City of Melbourne
  • City of Port Phillip
  • City of Stonnington
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Whitehorse
  • City of Hobsons Bay
  • City of Wyndham
  • City of Greater Geelong
  • City of Monash
  • Northern Beaches Council
  • City of Adelaide
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Golden Plains Shire
  • Shire of Colac Otway
  • Shire of Corangamite
  • Shire of Pyrenees
  • City of Ballarat
  • Shire of Moorabool
  • City of Melton
  • City of Brimbank
  • City of Hume
  • Shire of Macedon Ranges
  • City of Moreland
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Shire of Mitchell
  • Shire of Hepburn
  • City of Moonee Valley
  • City of Maribyrnong
  • Shire of Nillumbik
  • City of Glen Eira
  • Shire of Murrindindi
  • City of Bayside
  • City of Kingston
  • City of Greater Dandenong
  • City of Frankston
  • City of Casey
  • Shire of Mornington Peninsula
  • City of Knox
  • City of Maroondah
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Shire of Cardinia
  • Shire of Baw Baw
  • Shire of South Gippsland
  • Bass Coast Shire
  • Shire of Mount Alexander
  • City of Greater Bendigo
  • Shire of Loddon
  • Rural City of Mildura
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • Shire of Hindmarsh
  • Shire of Yarriambiack
  • Shire of Buloke
  • Rural City of Swan Hill
  • Shire of Strathbogie
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Rural City of Ararat
  • Shire of Moyne
  • City of Warrnambool
  • Shire of Northern Grampians
  • Shire of Southern Grampians
  • Shire of Mansfield
  • Shire of Central Goldfields
  • Shire of Wellington
  • Rural City of Wangaratta
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • Latrobe City
  • Shire of Glenelg
  • Rural City of Horsham
  • Shire of East Gippsland
  • Alpine Shire
  • Shire of Towong
  • Shire of Gannawarra
  • City of Greater Shepparton
  • Shire of Moira
  • Shire of Indigo
  • City of Wodonga
  • District Council of Grant
  • City of Mount Gambier
  • Albury City Council
  • Greater Hume Shire Council
  • Wattle Range Council
  • Victoria-Daly Region
  • City of Darwin
  • Bundaberg Region
  • Wentworth Shire Council
  • Central Darling Shire Council
  • Bourke Shire Council
  • Broken Hill City Council
  • Balranald Shire Council
  • Brewarrina Shire Council
  • Walgett Shire Council
  • Cobar Shire Council
  • Bogan Shire Council
  • Moree Plains Shire Council
  • Hay Shire Council
  • Carrathool Shire Council
  • Warren Shire Council
  • Lachlan Shire Council
  • Murray River Council
  • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council
  • Edward River Council
  • Clarence Valley Council
  • Richmond Valley Council
  • Griffith City Council
  • Kyogle Council
  • Tenterfield Shire Council
  • Glen Innes Severn Council
  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Nambucca Shire Council
  • Bellingen Shire Council
  • Coffs Harbour City Council
  • Lismore City Council
  • Ballina Shire Council
  • Tweed Shire Council
  • Byron Shire Council
  • Kempsey Shire Council
  • Walcha Council
  • Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
  • Dungog Shire Council
  • Port Stephens Council
  • Upper Hunter Shire Council
  • Maitland City Council
  • Newcastle City Council
  • Cessnock City Council
  • Lake Macquarie City Council
  • Singleton Council
  • Inverell Shire Council
  • Central Coast Council
  • Randwick City Council
  • Waverley Council
  • Woollahra Municipal Council
  • Georges River Council
  • Sutherland Shire Council
  • Strathfield Municipal Council
  • Cumberland Council
  • Fairfield City Council
  • Liverpool City Council
  • City of Parramatta Council
  • City of Canada Bay Council
  • Blacktown City Council
  • Council of the City of Ryde
  • The Council of the Shire of Hornsby
  • The Hills Shire Council
  • Hawkesbury City Council
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
  • Willoughby City Council
  • Berrigan Shire Council
  • Murrumbidgee Council
  • Federation Council
  • Snowy Monaro Regional Council
  • Snowy Valleys Council
  • Eurobodalla Shire Council
  • Bega Valley Shire Council
  • Wagga Wagga City Council
  • Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council
  • Yass Valley Council
  • Mid-Coast Council
  • Junee Shire Council
  • Temora Shire Council
  • Hilltops Council
  • Bland Shire Council
  • Weddin Shire Council
  • Cowra Shire Council
  • Upper Lachlan Shire Council
  • Uralla Shire Council
  • Gwydir Shire Council
  • Gilgandra Shire Council
  • Dubbo Regional Council
  • Warrumbungle Shire Council
  • Mid-Western Regional Council
  • Cabonne Council
  • Parkes Shire Council
  • Narromine Shire Council
  • The Council of the Municipality of Hunters Hill
  • North Sydney Council
  • Lane Cove Municipal Council
  • Mosman Municipal Council
  • Penrith City Council
  • Wollondilly Shire Council
  • Camden Council
  • Campbelltown City Council
  • Lithgow City Council
  • Blue Mountains City Council
  • Wollongong City Council
  • Wingecarribee Shire Council
  • Shellharbour City Council
  • Oberon Council
  • Goulburn Mulwaree Council
  • The Council of the Municipality of Kiama
  • Shoalhaven City Council
  • Coolamon Shire Council
  • Narrandera Shire Council
  • Lockhart Shire Council
  • Bathurst Regional Council
  • Muswellbrook Shire Council
  • Liverpool Plains Shire Council
  • Tamworth Regional Council
  • Narrabri Shire Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council
  • Leeton Shire Council
  • Forbes Shire Council
  • Blayney Shire Council
  • Orange City Council
  • Kangaroo Island Council
  • Yorke Peninsula Council
  • Renmark Paringa Council
  • District Council of Loxton Waikerie
  • Southern Mallee District Council
  • Tatiara District Council
  • Naracoorte Lucindale Council
  • District Council of Robe
  • Kingston District Council
  • Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Local Government Area
  • Maralinga Tjarutja
  • District Council of Coober Pedy
  • Municipal Council of Roxby Downs
  • Uia Riverland Local Government Area
  • Berri Barmera Council
  • Pastoral Unincorporated Area
  • Port Augusta City Council
  • Flinders Ranges Council
  • District Council of Orroroo Carrieton
  • District Council of Peterborough
  • Mid Murray Council
  • Unincorporated Area
  • Bayside Council
  • Coorong District Council
  • District Council of Karoonda East Murray
  • Rural City of Murray Bridge
  • District Council of Ceduna
  • District Council of Streaky Bay
  • Wudinna District Council
  • District Council of Elliston
  • Coonamble Shire Council
  • Alexandrina Council
  • City of Victor Harbor
  • District Council of Yankalilla
  • City of Onkaparinga
  • Mount Barker District Council
  • City of Swan
  • Bayswater
  • City of Belmont
  • Waverley Council
Australia GIS Data - LGA Boundaries
Australia LGA Boundaries

Download Australia LGA Boundaries Shapefile

Download Australia Postal Areas Shapefile Data

There are over 2670 postal area boundaries in the following data

Australia GIS Data - Postal Area Boundaries
Australia Postal Area Boundaries

Download Australia Postal Area Boundaries Shapefile

Other Administrative Boundary Data:

Australia Demographic Data:

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  3. Argentina
  4. Brazil
  5. Download Shapefile of Canada
  6. Denmark
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  12. Lebanon
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  15. Mexico Shapefile
  16. Mongolia
  17. New Zealand
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  20. Philippines
  21. Poland
  22. Singapore
  23. South Africa Province Shapefile
  24. South Korea
  25. Tunisia
  26. United Kingdom Shapefile
  27. Download Shapefile of United States of America
  28. Vietnam

Disclaimer : If you find any shapefile data of country provided is in correct do contact us or comment below, so that we will correct the same in our system as well we will try to correct the same in openstreetmap.

5 Helpful GIS Mobile Applications – Free GIS App

GIS Stands for Geographic Information System. GIS is helping everyone in every field.  Be it Telecom industry, Medical industry, Agriculture Sector, and there are many more industries which are using GIS on a regular basis.

So, to provide an ease of GIS, so many mobile applications are now available. So, here we are to introduce you with the best GIS applications for Android And IOS. In case if you have not visited our Previous article use of GIS – 16 different industries covered. Here is the link.

5 Helpful GIS Mobile Applications
5 Helpful GIS Mobile Applications

5 Helpful GIS Mobile Applications – Free GIS App

  1. MapIt
  2. SW Maps 
  3. Map With Us 
  4. MapPt 
  5. Locus GIS

These are the best 5 GIS applications for android and IOS. Lets Check what are the specialty of each of these GIS applications for Android and IOS.

1. MapIt – GIS Mobile application

5 Best GIS Applications for Android and IOS

MapIt is the another GIS application for android users. Mapit is widely used and one of the popular mobile application which is used for several purpose like environmental surveys,woodland surveys, road constructions, land surveying ,tree surveys, site surveys and soil samples gathering.

These are the sectors using MapIt GIS application, for Performing following functions –

  • Direct export to Dropbox or FTP location.
  • It has possibility to record multiple points ,lines and polygons on one layer.
  • Import/export attributes from file and much more to discover.
  • Address and location search .
  • You can also create new polygon or line features measurement details like area or length are also available.
  • possibility to group data into several layers.
  • it also allows you to local export or remote export.
  • It has Clusters for point map markers, efficient way of having large number of points on the map without performance issues.
  • support for WMS and ArcGIS .
  • it has possibility to create and maintain sets of attributes .
  • It provides base Map : Google Map, Bing Maps, Open street Maps, Mapbox.

Download MapIt from Here 

2. SW Maps – GIS Mobile application

5 Best GIS Applications for Android and IOS

SW maps is a free GIS application which helps you in collecting, sharing and representing Geographic information. No matter whether you are conducting full scale GNSS survey with high precision instruments,need to collect large amount of  location based data using nothng but your phone,or just need to view a few shapefiles with labels over a background map on the go, SW Maps has it all covered.

SW Maps is one of the useful GIS application having following features :

  • Conduct high accuracy GPS surveys using external RTK capable receivers over blue tooth.
  • Draw features on the map by adding markers and measure distance and area.
  • online base maps are also available : Google Maps or open street view.
  • Support for mbtiles and KML over lays
  • it provides shape files layers, with categorized styling.
  • It also allows you to connect with external GPS.
  • draw point,line and polygons.
  • You can also label features based on attribute values.
  • you can also share and export the data in KMZ files

These are all about the SW Maps GIS application. you can download the SW Maps from here 

3. Map with Us – GIS Mobile application

5 Best GIS Applications for Android and IOS

Map With us is one of the GIS application which is freely available on the google play store.Which provides following benefits to you :

  • Geolocate and upload photos,videos and audio
  • you can collect and edit the data in the field using custom data collection templates
  • Useful for business professionals
  • You will be able to easily export the collected data to KML files or shape files.
  • You can also import your KML or shape files to MapWithUs system.

These are the functions you can perform with Map with us GIS application. You can also download Map with us from here .

You can also check its iOS application here.

4. MapPt – GIS Mobile application

5 Best GIS Applications for Android and IOS

MapPt is one of the useful application which is available in 130 countries and in industries spanning from education and agriculture. This app is widely used by the people from below sectors :

  • Field mapping
  • Land surveying
  • Vegetation  Management
  • Forestry Planning
  • Environmental management
  • incident reporting
  • Farm Mapping
  • Mine management
  • Government Planning

People are using Map with us because of the below functions that they can perform with it :

  • It allows you to create,edit,store and share all types of geospatial information.
  • You can geotagged photos and gridding.
  • Create points,polygons.polylines.
  • Import and export popular GIS formats such as shapefiles, JP2,  and kml/kmz.
  • You can drop down forms for faster data collection.
  • Geofencing capabilities make sure you never breach a  boundary.
  • you can also share the data between popular cloud storage like Google drive.

Download MapPt Application from here

5.Locus GIS – Mobile Application

Locus GIS is a newly built app for the GIS professionals and enthusiasts. It is one of the GIS application for android and IOS users. This GIS application allows you to do following functions :

  • you can create your projects
  • you can also export the collected data to SHP file is fully compatible with ArcGIS Software
  • Select premium online and offline maps
  • It also provides advanced map tools like – map overlays,offsets,WMS sources support.
  • It also forecast the worldwide weather 24*7.

“Locus GIS application in beta version, which is valid till the end of 2017.”

5 Best GIS Applications for Android and IOS

  • Download Locus GIS from here 

These are all the 5 Helpful GIS Mobile Applications – Free GIS Apps available free of cost. If you know about any other such app do let us know by commenting below in the comment section of the 5 GIS applications for mobile which are helpful.

Download Free Shapefile Maps – Country Boundary Polygon, Rail-Road, Water polyline etc

Download Free Shapefile Maps – Shapefile is one of the most common and extensively use vector file format of GIS (Geographical Information System), developed by ESRI as an open Specification, which consist of collection of files viz .shp, .shx and .dbf extension with same prefix name. You might be hunting to Download free shapefile for completing either your small industrial work for POC or for academic project use or for any NGO work.

Download GIS Data From Here

Here you will find the links of best resources to Download Shapefile for free, either its polygon, polyline and point feature shapefile, covering different subjects like Administrative Area Boundaries, Roads, Railways, population etc across the world. You may also look to download Digital Terrain DEM.

Download Free Shapefile Maps - different sources

Note: The Data Shapefile Downloaded from provided below link here, may or may not be authentic, accurate or incomplete. To check data correctness and accuracy, you need to research and recheck before using it. Also Shapefiles are downloaded for free from different organization or websites link and should be used according to
their respective terms and conditions, so please read T&C before using it for any purpose.

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Shapefile download link

  1. World Country Shapefile
  2.  Australia Shapefile download
  3. Argentina
  4. Brazil
  5. Download Shapefile of Canada
  6. Denmark
  7. Fiji
  8. Germany
  9. India
  10. Indonesia
  11. Japan
  12. Kenya
  13. Lebanon
  14. Madagascar
  15. Malaysia Shapefile
  16. Mexico Shapefile
  17. Mongolia
  18. New Zealand
  19. Netherland
  20. Nigeria
  21. Papua New Guinea
  22. Philippines
  23. Poland
  24. Singapore
  25. South Africa Province Shapefile
  26. South Korea
  27. Tunisia
  28. United Kingdom Shapefile
  29. Download Shapefile of United States of America
  30. Vietnam

Download GIS Data of other states of the USA

If you are looking for any shapefile of country which is not listed above please comment below so that we can search in our pitara of shapefile. If we found we can upload it on the same.

Download Free Shapefile Maps – Country Boundary Polygon, Rail-Road, Water polyline etc

1.) Diva GIS

Website is developed by Robert Hijmans, which provides free Shapefile to download, covering around 244 countries. You can directly select the country and category of shapefile and press on OK button to start download. Subject Category option you will find here are Administrative Areas (Boundaries), Inland Water, Roads, RailRoads, Elevation, Land cover, population, Climate  and Gazetteer.

2.) GADM :

GADM is a spatial database of Global Administrative Areas, which covers all countries data defining boundaries such as provinces, taluk, departments, counties, krong etc. GADM listed around 253 countries currently, the different files formats are available along with shapefile such as Esri File Geodatabase, Geopackage(Spatial Lite), R(Spatial Polygon Dataframes), Google Earth .kmz and ESRI personal geodatabase. The coordinate reference system of each file is in longitude/latitude and the datum is WGS84.

3.) Natural Earth Data:

“Natural Earth is a public Domain Map data-set available at at 1:10m(Large scale data), 1:50m(medium scale data), and 1:110 million scales (Small Scale data).” Cultural, physical and raster category data can be downloaded from each scale. Data can be downloaded as shapefile (shp) or GeoDB or as SQLite. Natural Earth is maintained by Nathaneiel V. KELSO and Tom Patterson. Here is the screenshot of shapefile from QGIS (Quantum GIS) tool of 1:10m all shapefile layers uploaded at once.

Download Free Shapefile Maps
QGIS View – Download Free Shapefile Maps

4.) Geofabrik:

Geofabrik provides the current data from the Openstreetmap database, which is available either for free as well as premium shapefiles. Data can be downloaded as .osm and file. Select the continent from the link provided for which you need to download the data. Further you can either select the country for filtering out more and hit the link to download the data.

5.) Open Street Map data

This service is created by Jochen Topf and Christoph Hormann. Following data sets and its subcategories shapefiles can be downloaded from this website.
a.) Coastline Data processing: It covers land polygons of the world area i.e continents and islands, Water polygon i.e polygon for ocean, seas and other water bodies and coastlines as line strings.
b.) Generalized data sets: This section provides you to download Generalized coastline polygon shapefiles.
c.) Antarctic icesheet: Antarctic icesheet polygons and icesheet outlines can be obtained from here.

6.) Gis-Lab info:

World data shapefile can be downloaded from GIS lab. This global data are separated into 4 parts i.e Eur, Noa, Soa and Sas Zones, which you can see the image provided below. This data shapefile is in zipped with 7z compressor and all data are in Latitude / Longitude and WGS84 coordinate system.

Select different zone to Download Free Shapefile Maps
Select different zone to Download Free Shapefile Maps

7.) MapCruzin:

While the website does not look user friendly, you need to hunt over different country shapefiles at different area. Both free as well as paid Shapefile can be obtained and downloaded given.

8.) Sedac data:

SocioEconomic Data and Applications Center provides data as zipfile of ESRI File geodatabases or shapefiles, and have decimal degree geographic coordinates system with datum WGS84 (world Geodetic System spheroid of 1984). Continent based regional data is available as shown below. Before downloading the data, you need to register and sign in to their system.

Continent Based data - Download Free Shapefile
Continent Based data – Download Free Shapefile

9.) Marine Regions:

If you are working on Sea or marine related subject, this website may help you to get the direct data to link to the relevant website from which you can get the shapefile maps data.

It might be possible that the data which you might have downloaded from website provided here, can be of different format which was not required. For this, you can refer to following articles where you can convert different GIS data format to any of it.

Convert KML to shapefile

Convert Shapefile to KML

Convert Shapefile to GeoJSON

Convert GeoJSON to topojson

Merging two or more than two Shapefile

You may also find these links which makes you to download free shapefile map for particular region:

Is the above provided links are not fulfilling your need. Than the best option you can opt for is to create your own shapefile with the help of QGIS and openstreetmap. You can easily download the data from their and then edit it make it more clear according to your requirement. If you are new to QGIS then let me provide you some tutorial link which helps you to digitize the OSM data and create shapefile.

For what purpose you need to download shapefiles? Which project you are working on? Which website you to get the map data? Do share your valuable thoughts by commenting below. I hope that the above list have definitely helped you in finding the right website to get free shapefile download, while their might be possibilities that I have not listed some of the website which should be present in the list. Please help us by providing those links by commenting below.