About the Atlas

About the Atlas

Our focus

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is a free online resource, which provides access to a wealth of information about Australia’s biodiversity.

The type of information available includes species occurrence records (based on field observations, specimens from biological collections, and surveys), photographs, sound recordings, maps, molecular data, and links to additional literature.

Powerful mapping tools allow users to explore and analyse this information in a myriad of ways. The ALA is used for research, environmental monitoring, conservation planning and management, education, Citizen Science, and biosecurity activities.

At a glance information

55.6 million records

55.6 million occurrence records are now living in the Atlas. This number is growing every day.


12,000 plus active users contributing to the Atlas since 2010.


The Atlas of Living Australia was launched in 2010 and receives support from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

Our mission

The Atlas of Living Australia’s mission is to provide creative tools that help anyone contribute their knowledge to the public. From the citizen scientists to the field experts who are contineously capturing information, to the casual observers recording a sighting for the first time, the Atlas of Living Australia provides elegant solutions that set new standards for recording data.