NSW has just announced it will be releasing its data. The notification arrived today. They will use the Federal Geoscience Australia site.
"Geoscience Australia has collaborated with NSW Spatial Services, a unit of Department of Finance Services and Innovation (DFSI), and is pleased to announce the initial release of the NSW Surface Model Enhancement (SME) product portfolio.
To access go to http://elevation.fsdf.org.au/
for1m/ 2m DEMs and Point Cloud data over NSW.
The SME product portfolio improves the resolution and quality of NSW elevation data from 25m statewide DEMs derived from contours +/- 8m in vertical accuracy to:
• 5m DEM +/- 0.9m*
• 2m DEM +/- 0.6m*
• 1m DEM +/- 0.3m*
* (95% Confidence Interval)"
Rumour has it Tasmania is in the throes of doing the same.
Meanwhile in my state this cartel still operates-
This is despite the existence of an open access data policy. Go to this site and find hundreds of piddly data sets. I was in the bureaucracy when this policy was introduced. Departments were given quotas of data sets to release, so the usual strategy was to break data into components and release each as a data set. The spatial data on this site is pathetic.