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Australian Government ends production of paper maps

By Ron Moon, 08 Oct 2019 News

Australian Government ends production paper maps news

Federal Government mapping agency has ended production of all 1:250,000, 1:100,000 and 1:50,000 topographic maps of Australia.

GEOSCIENCE Australia (GA), our Federal Government mapping agency, has decided to end production and sale of the paper maps it produces.

This includes all of the topographic maps of Australia in the 1:250,000, 1:100,000 and 1:50,000 series.

With digital maps booming and sales of paper maps declining, this has been on the cards for some time. Don‘t fear, though, as all of the maps GA produces are available from its website in digital format: www.ga.gov.au/data-pubs/maps

If you really want and need a paper version, you can download it and print it at your local Officeworks.

However, a bigger issue is that many of the maps produced by GA are simply out of date. So if you want up-to-date maps, we’d suggest trying commercial organisations such as Hema Maps (www.hemamaps.com), or state-based organisations such as Spatial Vision (spatialvision.com.au/maps).

If you're searching for a retailer or want a custom map, there are also plenty of options. Start here: www.mapsherpa.com.