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Australia’s soil is fundamental to our lives. Our food grows in soil. Soil helps to regulate our climate and support our biodiversity and environment. Soil also supports our infrastructure and cities, our heritage, and the way we live. The Australian National Soil Information System – ANSIS – is being developed through a new scientific collaboration. ANSIS is funded by the Australian Government and led by CSIRO in collaboration with state governments, research organisations, industry, the private sector and the community. Using new processes and technologies, ANSIS will improve online access and use of shared, nationally consistent soil data and information. This will help all Australians better understand soil and make better decisions about managing our important soil resources. ANSIS will assist policy makers to develop effective government policies that ensure our soil is sustainably used and enhanced for future generations. The System will enable researchers to better understand the way our soil works, its role in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and the impacts we have on this valuable natural resource. By using ANSIS, farmers and land managers will have access to more soil data and be better placed to more sustainably manage the soil on which they rely. ANSIS is coming soon. It will be online at ansis.net in 2023, after which it will continue to grow and evolve. Join us to help improve our sustainable soil management.

Soil is one of our most valuable natural resource assets. It plays a crucial role in delivering resilience to climate change and supporting agricultural industries. Soil also supports our biodiversity and environment, our infrastructure, our heritage, and the way we live. CSIRO is coordinating a $15m project with the Australian Government to re-develop our national soil information infrastructure. The Australian National Soil Information System (ANSIS) will provide access to soil data and information and make it more discoverable and usable. ANSIS is a collaborative partnership across public and private sectors. ANSIS will help all Australians better understand soil, enabling them to make better decisions about managing our important soil resources.

ANSIS is supported by funding through the Australian Government National Soil Strategy (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) in collaboration with CSIRO and partner organisations.