The Department of Environment and Primary industry (DEPI) have digitalised the main Victorian geological map series and made them available free of charge to the public. This includes but not limited to historical geological surveys, geological reports, gold field mapping, regolith, geophysical and hydro geological maps.
There maps are either digitisations of hardcopy resources or digital files of maps which were created for hard copy printing. Hard copy printouts can also be purchased from the DPI which the Map Collection maintains for viewing.
In addition to this material there are many singular maps and reports which can be searched for on the Library catalogue and found in various collections.
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.
While the majority of these maps are of Australia, many cover areas of Victoria which may not be found from the Victorian Department of Primary industry (DPI). Most are freely download able at no monetary cost.
Developed by CSIRO and AuScope in collaboration with other research organisations around the country, this open-access network of geospatial data, and its supporting infrastructure – the Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) – will enable users to explore Australia's geology on a national scale.
Victoria has a rich supply of earth resources. Their geological history can be divided into three major episodes: Neoproterozoic to Early Carboniferous, Late Carboniferous to Mid-Mesozoic and Mid-Mesozoic to the present day.