Below are access sites and links to online databases containing publicly available data in Australia and nearby regions.

Australian Government


Geoscience Australia hosts a number of databases which can be accessed from the GA Home page. These include:


The NSW Geological Survey has a number of online services, including :


Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) Online Geoscience Information Systems – includes:

  •  STRIKE (web mapping application for viewing and downloading geoscientific and titles data),
  • GEMIS (Geoscience Exploration and Mining Information System providing access to mineral exploration industry reports and data, petroleum well reports and data, Northern Territory Geological Survey (NTGS) products and seismic survey data basin package contents lists)
  • PEX  (Petroleum Exploration Reports – Onshore NT and coastal areas),
  • COREDAT(core/cuttings held by NTGS)  and data) and
  • Library Catalogue


Links to natural resources and mines data can be found via Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources and Mines, and includes QDEX (Queensland Digital Exploration Reports – requires login).

  • Mineral Resources Tasmania (MRT) has a number of themed search options including Drillholes, Geophysics, Groundwater, Tenements, and Documents. See the full list on MRT’s Database Search page.
  • A list of databases, catalogues and indexes can be found on the Department of Primary Industries’ Earth Resources Publications & Resources page. Included is GEOVIC -”Datasets that can be viewed and interrogated include mineral, petroleum and extractive industries tenements, land-use and airborne geophysical survey boundaries, gravity, magnetic and radiometric images, borehole & well data, surface geochemistry results, mines and mineral occurrences, and geological maps and interpretations at various scales” (State Government Victoria, Department of Primary Industries, 2013)
  • Digital and scanned reports and data can be downloaded from

Geological Survey of Western Australia (GSWA) has a large range of online systems including WAPIMS (Western Australian Petroleum and Geothermal Information Management System), WAMEX (Western Australian Mineral Exploration Index), MAGIX (Airborne Geophysics Index) , MINEDEX (Mines and Mineral deposits), GeoVIEW.WA (Interactive geological map), TENGRAPH, Geochronology, Geochemistry, and document search facilities for promotional material, geoscience maps, information & reports. Some databases require user registration.

New Zealand

  • FRED - New Zealand Fossil Record File (FRF) database. This is a recording scheme for fossil localities in NZ and nearby regions including SE Pacific Islands and the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, and is jointly managed by Geoscience Society of New Zealand and GNS Science.
  • PETLAB - rock catalogue and geoanalytical database. It is operated by GNS, with GNS and Auckland, Waikato, Massey, Victoria, Canterbury and Otago universities contributing data. The database contains locations, descriptions and analyses of rock and mineral samples collected from onland and offshore New Zealand and Antarctica by government, university and industry geologists. Information has been sourced from journal articles, theses, and open file reports.

In addition to the databases listed above, a number of other low cost data and information sources are included in the 2015 presentation by Vanessa Johnson: A miser’s guide to sourcing data and information: where to look (& who to ask)- please see Presentations & Articles of Interest 

DATA DIRECTORIES – lists1500 research data repositories, making it the largest and most comprehensive registry of data repositories available on the web.

The Open Access Directory: Data Repositories - The Open Access Directory is a compendium of simple factual lists about open access to science and scholarship, maintained by the OA community at large. Listed by subject area – refer Earth Science

Research Data Australia - search data from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions