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									  Department of Agriculture and Food W.A.
Spatial Information management
Spatial Information is fundamental to the agricultural research, monitoring, planning,
emergency response and development activities undertaken by the Department.
Currently spatial information is managed, collated and distributed through the
Client and Resource Information System (CRIS). CRIS is the Department’s
vehicle for delivering a consistent state - wide approach to client and spatial
information management and flow.
Many existing information systems within the Department have been integrated into
the CRIS model, through this process client systems have also become integrated
with spatial information. Ultimately CRIS aims to provide a totally integrated view of
property infrastructure, physical environment and details of all previous Department
CRIS provides a consistent user interface, lower cost of maintenance, and integration
of client data with spatial data so it is possible to report on activities from a property,
shire and regional perspective both graphically (map) and texturally.

CRIS has evolved over the last five years into a mature system and the technology is
being used to deliver early benefits for the SLIP initiative – including an interface for
Regional Groups and other users to view and query a range of NRM information
supplied by a range of Agencies. You can access this at
(do not add a www. to this URL).
As an illustration of the utility of integrating business systems with spatial information
consider the following applications delivered by CRIS within the Department:

Industry and Market Development
CRIS spatial information and analysis is applied to studies of land suitability for new
or changing agricultural industries. Spatial data and analysis tools are used to
determine if conditions exist for a crop/product to grown and to estimate what
quantity can be produced. In the case of intensive animal industries spatial analysis
is used to highlight potential environmental conflicts and choose sites that minimise
conflicts. Examples include beef feedlot feasibility study, pig industry locational study
and suitability analysis for new commercial crops (such as pistachios, almonds,

Risk Management
The Bureau of Meteorology historical database is established within the Department
and linked to computer modeling capabilities to aid research into climate change and
crop yield forecasting. From this research map products have been developed to aid
crop management decision making and are regularly updated and made available
from the Department web site ( – follow the link to the Seasonal

The CRIS system aids many biosecurity initiatives including emergency response
scenarios – such as the current locusts and starlings incidents, day to day control
and prevention activities and modeling risk scenarios. A large number of biosecurity
applications have been developed within the CRIS structure to collate, manage and
delivery information to aid decision making, co-ordination of staff and reporting. The
applications are used to locate disease/threat outbreaks, map the spread, identify
neighbouring properties at risk, track field inspections and activities undertaken to
monitor and or control pests or diseases.

Natural Resource Management
CRIS also stores, manages and displays the Departments wide range of natural
resource datasets. Surface hydrology, vegetation type and extent, aerial
photography, soils, topography and ground water quality and depth are fundamental
datasets to research into land management, natural conservation, salinity, soil acidity
and water management. Spatial information tools are used to model the landscape,
identify potential land management problems and provides a planning tool for
locating on ground works. These data and tools have been incorporated into the pilot
SLIP NRM interface developed by CRIS – with input from other NRM agencies
(Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Water and
Department of Fisheries).
Custodial Data
The Department of Agriculture and Food WA is custodian of a number of datasets
relating to natural resources and the infrastructure of Western Australian rural
industries. These include:
• A state-wide property spatial database
    including links to management and
    business contacts (e.g. brands)
• Property infrastructure for all
    pastoral leases (see inset).
• Property infrastructure and farm
    plans for a large number of properties
    in south-western Australia

These data are available on permission
from property owners.

Soil-landscape resources - soil-landscape mapping at scales between 1:50,000 and
1:250,000 and associated land qualities and hazards information.

Vegetation extent in WA at scales 1:20,000 to 1:100,000, a consistent pre-European
(pre-clearing) vegetation type dataset for the whole state, and a dataset for current
vegetation extent-by-type can be generated by intersecting the two vegetation

For data requests from Department of Agriculture and Food
please contact the CRIS Data Administrator:
Phone: 9368 3853 Fax: 9368 3939

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