Mineral Resources Tasmania has an Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) compliant web map service  for connecting to publicly available spatial data. Web Feature Services (WFS) use specified standards and allow web map information to be requested using URLs as downloadable datasets or displayed in desktop applications. The capabilities link below provides information on how to access individual data layers and can be copied and pasted into a desktop application. This service has been tested successfully with ArcGIS 9.2 Build 1324 and MapInfo 9.0.2.

Currently MRT are adding datasets as they become publicly available as simple feature types (prefixed by mrtwfs). The development of datasets in OGC compliant (GML) application schemas (and Portrayal) is ongoing and is being facilitated through the Government Geoscience Information Committee (GGIC). More information on OGC GML schemas can be found at http://www.opengeospatial.org/standards/gml.  More information on the GGIC and Australia-wide geoscience data standards can be found at http://www.geoscience.gov.au/ .

WFS Version 1.0.0, 1.1.0, 2.0.0

Available coordinate reference systems include -
EPSG:20255 - AGD_1966_AMG_Zone_55
EPSG:4326 - GCS_WGS_1984
EPSG:4283 - GCS_GDA_1994
EPSG:28355 - GDA_1994_MGA_Zone_55
EPSG:900913 - Google Earth

Capabilities (XML)

Version 1.1.0 (recommended)
http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/web-services/ows?service=wfs&version=1.1.0&request=GetCapabilities

Version 1.0.0
http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/web-services/ows?service=wfs&version=1.0.0&request=GetCapabilities

Version 2.0.0
http://www.mrt.tas.gov.au/web-services/ows?service=wfs&version=2.0.0&request=GetCapabilities

Further information info@mrt.tas.gov.au