The information contained in the following 23 Major Vegetation Group Fact Sheets is based on the National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) Stage 1, Version 3.0
- Introduction (PDF - 54 KB)
- Rainforests and vine thickets (MVG 1) (PDF - 315 KB)
- Eucalypt tall open forests (MVG 2) (PDF - 321 KB)
- Eucalypt open forests (MVG 3) (PDF - 320 KB)
- Eucalypt low open forests (MVG 4) (PDF - 291 KB)
- Eucalypt woodlands (MVG 5) (PDF - 418 KB)
- Acacia forests and woodlands (MVG 6) (PDF - 316 KB)
- Callitris forests and woodlands (MVG 7) (PDF - 268 KB)
- Casuarina forests and woodlands (MVG 8) (PDF - 214 KB)
- Melaleuca forests and woodlands (MVG 9) (PDF - 314 KB)
- Other forests and woodlands (MVG 10) (PDF - 241 KB)
- Eucalypt open woodlands (MVG 11) (PDF - 232 KB)
- Tropical eucalypt woodlands/grasslands (MVG 12) (PDF - 313 KB)
- Acacia open woodlands (MVG 13) (PDF - 250 KB)
- Mallee woodlands and shrublands (MVG 14) (PDF - 298 KB)
- Low closed forests and tall closed shrublands (MVG 15) (PDF - 231 KB)
- Acacia shrublands (MVG 16) (PDF - 273 KB)
- Other shrublands (MVG 17) (PDF - 246 KB)
- Heathlands (MVG 18) (PDF - 275 KB)
- Tussock grasslands (MVG 19) (PDF - 220 KB)
- Hummock grasslands (MVG 20) (PDF - 231 KB)
- Other grasslands, herblands, sedgelands and rushlands (MVG 21) (PDF - 215 KB)
- Chenopod shrublands, samphire shrublands and forblands (MVG 22) (PDF - 355 KB)
- Mangroves (MVG 23) (PDF - 350 KB)
- Other cover types (PDF - 163 KB)
For a definition of terms used in the fact sheets, see the Glossary.
The NVIS database contains over 9000 distinct vegetation types. To summarise the type and distribution of Australia's native vegetation, 23 Major Vegetation Groups (MVGs) have been derived by the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
The MVG classification is conceptually based on aggregations of 'like' vegetation types, principally in terms of structure growth form and floristic composition in the dominant stratum for each vegetation-type.
Each MVG has different mixes of plant species within the canopy, shrub and ground layers, but vegetation within each is structurally similar and often dominated by a single genus. From a mapping perspective, an MVG reflects the dominant vegetation occurring in a spatial unit and may embody a number of sub-dominant vegetation types.
Further information and GIS data can be found in the report Australia's Native Vegetation - A summary of Australia's Major Vegetation Groups, 2007.