The department's Soil and Land Program has developed a range of land use potential models (listed below), which have been funded on a project-by-project basis. All models and their outputs are considered preliminary as they are yet to be extensively ground-truthed.

Field crops

Perennial horticultural crops

Annual horticultural crops


  • dryland Lucerne map
  • dryland lucerne (acid soil tolerant varieties) map
  • irrigated lucerne map
  • dryland phalaris map
  • irrigated perennial ryegrass (high value) map
  • dryland perennial ryegrass map
  • dryland strawberry clover map
  • irrigated white clover map
  • dryland grazing. map

Alternative crops, fodder species and native plants

  • lavender map
  • pyrethrum map
  • Atriplex nummularia (old man saltbush) map
  • Cullen (Tall Scurf Pea) map
  • Eremophila glabra (emu bush) map
  • Rhagodia parabolica (fragrant saltbush) map
  • Rhagodia preissii (mallee saltbush) map

Non-standard soil and land attributes and other models

The soil and land attribute datasets have previously been used to support a range of projects to inform management, policy decisions, land use or infrastructure development. These have been designed to meet individual customer needs, such as identifying high-value primary production areas, arable land, suitability for farm dams, risk of soil structure decline due to irrigation, potential soil biological activity levels, corrosion potential to infrastructure, and assessing risk to infrastructure due to soil reactivity potential (shrink-swell characteristics).