Australian Urban Observatory

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2017
Year of Last Input: 2020
Last Updated: Nov 29 2023
Project Location:
State / Province:
Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania
Lead Organization:
Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University
Type of Organization:
Educational Organization

Geographic Scope

Sub-neighborhood, Neighborhood, Municipality, County 

Issue Areas

Economy, Education, Employment, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Recreation, Social, Transportation


Australia, Community, Transportation, Well-being, Health, Sustainable Development, Employment


The Australian Urban Observatory is a digital platform that transforms complex urban data into easily understood liveability maps across Australia’s 21 largest cities. The Observatory maps key liveability indicators found to be associated with health and wellbeing, and provides a clear understanding of the liveability of cities. Data is available at the city, local government area, municipality, neighbourhood and suburb-level, and covers issue areas including liveability, social infrastructure, education, employment, transport, food, alcohol, public open spaces, and housing.

The Observatory provides information and understanding to support resource allocation, future policy action and support to create equitable, healthy and liveable places. Indicators are associated with the National Cities Performance Framework, which has been designed to assist by providing data for all levels of government, industry and the community on policy and investment decisions. Data is also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Access to all data is free at the Local Government Area level. Liveability Index and Social Infrastructure Index data is available at the neighbourhood and suburb-levels. Users of the data have to register or become a funding partner to access the entire range of indicators at the suburb and neighbourhood level.


Sustainable Development Goals, National Cities Performance Framework, Community Scorecard

Has Perfomance Measures?

Performance measures are built around the issues of liveability, social infrastructure, education, employment, transport, food, alcohol, public open spaces, and housing. Indicator data is measured according to ranked decile, allowing the indicators to measure performance towards improving a given issue.

Has CI-PM Integration?

Indicators duelly serve as performance measures, and are tied to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the National Cities Performance Framework.

Project URL

Indicator Domains

Health, Housing, Living, Public Safety, Transportation, Education, Food-Access, Public Open Space

Reporting Format

Annual Report, Online Dashboard, Poster/Infographic Maps

Project Contact:

Melanie Davern
RMIT University - Educational Organization
Melbourne Victoria Australia