BioNet Web Services


BioNet is the trusted source of biodiversity data for the state of NSW and a resource for all. As a part of OEH’s Open OEH initiative, data held in BioNet has been made available via an Open Application Programming Interface (API). This enables organisations and individuals to directly integrate biodiversity data into their software systems and unlock the innovation potential of this valuable data asset.

By delivering this data via an Open API we are aiming to improve environmental decision making through the integration of up to date, consistent and reliable biodiversity data in planning and decision making systems.

What data have you made available via your API?

The current version of the API (Release 2.0) makes the following data available:

  • Species Sightings data from BioNet Atlas of NSW Wildlife
  • Vegetation Classification data from BioNet VIS Classification
  • NSW Landscapes data from BioNet VIS Classification

For more detailed information on the capabilities and features of the API see the following Release Notes:

Release 2 is the second in a series of releases that will make all data held in BioNet available via an Open API.

I am an IT developer and would like to use your API

There is a dedicated page for developers wishing to integrate data held in BioNet with applications they are developing. This site provides information and guidelines to help developers get started and work with the API.

I want to access the data but I am not an IT developer

The data made available through the web service is the same data that is currently available through the BioNet Atlas of NSW Wildlife web application. Unless you have a specific need that is not currently met via our web application, we recommend you access the data via the BioNet website or the VIS Classification web application.

If you have a need to create customised downloads, there are a number of desktop applications that support our API which is based on the Open Data Protocol (OData) version 4.0. A list of some of the tools available can be found at: Ecosystem.

If you use Excel 2010 or 2013, the following material will help you get started:

Page last updated: 03 July 2017