Comprising of over 16 million buildings derived from satellite and aerial imagery and continually updated, Geoscape Buildings provide statistics about the built environment of Australia at any level of aggregation, from a single address to the whole nation. 


Geoscape Buildings data comes with attributes, such as building area, height, roof type, land zoning, indicators for solar panels and swimming pools and more. You can integrate Geoscape Buildings to other data in your workflow through linkages with Cadastre, Property, and Australia’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF).


Geoscape’s Australia-wide, ready-to-use buildings data helps you avoid manual work, lead times, inconsistent formats and gaps in coverage. We make it easy for you to overcome data sourcing challenges for many applications– including urban modelling, 3D visualisations and analysis of the built environment.


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Geoscape Buildings 3.0

Captured from Aerial imagery, Geoscape Buildings 3.0 delivers a higher quality and more accurate representation of the real world.

With Geoscape Buildings 3.0, we are focused on improving your use of our buildings data.  The increased geometry, attribution qualities, and several quality enhancements accompanied with ease of use make Geoscape Buildings 3.0 a dataset where use cases are limited only by imagination.


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Geoscape Buildings 3.0 helps you experience

Greater spatial accuracies

Enhancements from aerial imagery capture improves building alignment with their location in the real world enabling more accurate relationships with complementary features such as land parcels and addresses.

Building Representation

High-quality building geometry as polygon outlines help you view the exact shape and a much cleaner building representation.

Building Completeness

With a clearer picture of the urban landscape available from aerial imagery, we’re able to target the capture of >98% of all buildings, even those partially obscured under trees. 

Solar and Swimming Pools

Sharper aerial imagery helps with enhanced capability to detect the presence of solar panels and swimming pools associated with a building.

Enhanced Currency

Geoscape Buildings 3.0 include updates to widespread regions and entire cities, helping improve the overall currency of the dataset.

Building’s Volume

Geoscape Buildings 3.0 captures steps within a buildings’ vertical profile as a separate polygon. The enriched representation enhances the calculation of building volume.  

Industry Use Case


When used alongside Addresses, Cadastre, Property and Trees, Geoscape Buildings data can support powerful risk analytics algorithms and gives insurers greater confidence that premiums appropriately account for risk.

Learn more about the use of Geoscape data in the insurance sector.


Emergency Response Management

Use buildings data to model a flood, bushfire or other disaster and anticipate the impact on people and property.



Urban Planning

The use of 3D buildings data helps create visualisations of design concepts for new development within the context of its surroundings. It reveals how it integrates with the local area and enhances stakeholder consultation while planning future development work.  

Check out our blog series around Urban Heat Island Effect


The location of a building, links to addresses in that building, the planning zone, road access, the presence of solar panels and a swimming pool are just some of the data elements that you can combine to help make the site selection process easier.  

Geoscape Buildings, Cadastre and Planning data when integrated with interactive visualisation tools,  can help proptech companies build solutions for their customers that can educate and excite them about opportunities in their area of interest.

Learn more about the use of Geoscape data in proptech.


Acoustic Modelling

Geoscape Buildings data used by Acoustic engineering companies enables them to produce noise models to support construction plans and activities.

Using our self-serve Data distribution platform, you can select and download the building outlines and heights you need for your project area. Input the data directly into modelling software such as SoundPLAN® and CadnaA® in minutes, eliminating manual work.

Research Studies

Researchers have used Geoscape Buildings data to see how affordable housing and its neighbourhood context impacts health. The characteristics of the places we live and how they may impact lifestyle activities and cognitive health.  Geoscape data is used to generate new exposure variables for use across multiple research projects.


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Geoscape's Data on Demand Portal

Our self-serve data-on-demand portal lets you select your data and download it as you go.


  • ESRI Shapefile
  • MapInfo TAB
  • ESRI Geodatabase
  • GeoJSON


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Geoscape APIs

Connect for live query and instant response.


  • RestAPI
  • JSON
  • GeoJSON


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Geoscape Authorised Partners

The dataset is also available under licence from Geoscape authorised partners.

Additionally, if you are looking at building next-generation solutions for your customers, our partners’ program may be a perfect fit.  

Unlock the power of spatial data by choosing the right partnership for your business.

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Custom Access

Need something different? Contact our sales team for custom data.


How are our customers using Geoscape Buildings?

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SLR Consulting


SLR Consulting relies on Geoscape buildings data for noise and air quality modelling and visual amenity assessments.


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Using Geoscape Buildings data, Windtech created a simplified and automated data sourcing for creating models of buildings for wind tunnel testing.


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Greater Launceston


Geoscape Buildings in digital city models helps simulate how planning decisions affect the future functioning of Greater Launceston.


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Buildings data is derived from satellite and aerial imagery. It all began with hand drawing buildings over satellite images and using the data to train artificial intelligence to recognise building features in imagery across Australia.

Geoscape’s ground control program ensures accuracy. Land surveyors surveyed key features seen in satellite imagery covering about 40,000 square kilometres. The images were then ‘pulled’ to their correctly surveyed location to align Geoscape data features.

Updates to Buildings are focussed on Australia’s fastest-changing areas with satellite and aerial image recapture guided by changes in land parcel data.

Geoscape Buildings provides data on 15 million+ buildings across Australia including:

  • Building outline
  • Height
  • Ground elevation
  • Area
  • Volume
  • Planning zone
  • ABS statistical area / Mesh Block
  • Addresses
  • Roof type / material / colour
  • Solar panel indicator
  • Swimming pool adjacent indicator
  • Latitude/longitude of building centroid

Every building with a roof area greater than 9m2 is represented. 

In urban areas – approximately 42,500 square kilometres – building outlines and heights can combine to form a 3D footprint.

Addresses associated with buildings are continuously updated. The full dataset also includes linkages to Australia’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF), along with cadastre, property and locality data.