Australian Urban Observatory
|Year Project Began:||2017|
|Year of Last Input:||2020|
|Last Updated:||Dec 4 2022|
State / Province:
Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory, Tasmania
Centre for Urban Research at RMIT University
Type of Organization:
Geographic ScopeSub-neighborhood, Neighborhood, Municipality, County
Issue AreasEconomy, Education, Employment, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Infrastructure, Recreation, Social, Transportation
KeywordsAustralia, 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.
FrameworkSustainable Development Goals, National Cities Performance Framework, Community Scorecard
Has Perfomance Measures?Yes
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?Yes
Indicators duelly serve as performance measures, and are tied to United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the National Cities Performance Framework.
Indicator DomainsHealth, Housing, Living, Public Safety, Transportation, Education, Food-Access, Public Open Space
Reporting FormatAnnual Report, Online Dashboard, Poster/Infographic Maps
Project Contact:Melanie Davern
RMIT University - Educational Organization
Melbourne Victoria Australia