Introduction to the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
What is the VBA?
VBA is an on-line tool holding information about wildlife in Victoria. The
system includes species attribute information, including whether it is native
or introduced and conservation status, along with more than 6.5 million
records of species distribution and abundance from surveys and general
Which species are included?
VBA encompasses vertebrate and invertebrate animals, fungi, vascular and non-vascular
plants from terrestrial and aquatic environments, including marine waters to
the three nautical mile statutory limit. It includes both native and
naturalised exotic species (including weeds and pests) but is not intended to
hold data on cultivated or domesticated species.
How do I get access
The VBA is available now and can be accessed via your web browser.
local software installation is required. Several levels of access will be
available including Guest access for the general public; registered users will include view only users
and data contributors.
Need the Spatial datasets?
A suite of spatial layers
containing the latest VBA data are available download from Victorian Spatial DataMart and the Victorian Government DataVic portal.
Can I see all the data?
restricts access to some species location data in order to prevent illegal
taking or destruction. Examples of restricted data include breeding sites for
some parrots, which might be targeted by egg collectors. These data are made
available to decision makers to ensure that these sites are protected as far as
possible from inappropriate land use or development. DELWP also restricts
access to data that have not been reviewed – only the contributor and the
expert reviewers have access to these data until they are accepted and then
VBA Restricted Species List [PDF File - 104.1 KB]
VBA Restricted Species List [MS Word Document - 51.9 KB]
Who manages the data?
will manage the data in conjunction with key partners, including reviewing and
verifying new records and managing the consequences of taxonomic and
nomenclature (naming) changes.
intend to complete the expert review cycle, where all new records submitted
will be forwarded to the appropriate specialist to verify, approximately every
6 months after which all newly approved records will be available in the VBA
reports area and new VBA spatial layers will be released.
is currently developing training materials to support users to access and
upload their data as well generate reports on the published records. There will
be only limited training courses provided to users.
Quick help guides and other material are located on the Further Information pages.
Full learner guides can be requested from email@example.com
Further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will endeavour to respond to all emails within 5 working days.