Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform (AHDAP)

Data-driven research solutions for sustainable housing provision.
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Who will benefit
Researchers, AURIN urban research community, government (state and commonwealth), private agencies, AHURI network

The Challenge

Housing researchers face significant challenges in accessing, processing and integrating housing data from numerous independent agencies across a range of jurisdictions. 

This is a significant barrier to evidence-based housing research and policymaking at the national scale.

The Response

The project partners created the Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform (AHDAP), a unique federated platform for the ingestion, management and analysis of digital data on housing and the built environment. 

It allows rapid multi-scale complex modelling and simulation to address the pressing questions regarding housing provision and sustainability across Australia.

This project involved the following elements:

  • Housing Data Portal – Federated in design, the portal enables users to search and access housing data assets from across Australia.
  • Colouring Australian Cities – A free knowledge exchange platform, designed to collate, collect, generate and visualise open spatial data on every building across Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Canberra. This platform helps make the cities more sustainable.
  • Housing Analytics Workbench – A suite of interrelated housing-focused analytical tools, initially populated with 4 existing tools. The workbench will be extensible so other tools can be added in future.
  • Capacity and Community Building – Communities of practice around the data platforms and analytical tools. Engaged end users through face-to-face and online training sessions and symposia.

Who Will Benefit

This project connects academia, government, industry and communities to the best available data, analytics and insights to assist in solving the challenges facing Australia’s housing future. It:

  • facilitates research into areas such as housing supply, affordability and diversity through making available nationally standardised and trusted datasets
  • improves Australia’s ability to undertake housing research and support policy decisions that are fair, data-driven, and accurate.

The Partners

The project brings together key federal agencies responsible for researching and monitoring national housing and planning policy. 

This collaboration delivered a sustainable national governance model for Australia’s digital housing assets and provide researchers and policymakers with a prioritised set of nationally harmonised housing data.

Our partners are:

  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 
  • Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN)
  • FrontierSI
  • Australian Bureau of Statistics 
  • National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation 
  • NSW Government Spatial Services
  • Omnilink Pty Ltd
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Curtin University
  • Swinburne University
  • The University of Queensland
  • University of Canberra
  • University of Melbourne
  • UNSW
  • University of South Australia
  • University of Tasmania


AHDAP provides housing researchers and planners with a transformative capability to objectively design and evaluate new policy and practice on the future development of Australia’s urban regions. 

This will help to drive economic recovery, social inclusion and resilience across Australia’s $7 trillion housing market and will lead to:

  • reductions in time and resources required to search, process, and integrate data into advanced analytical models
  • new research possibilities into areas such as housing supply, affordability and diversity through making available nationally standardised and trusted datasets integrated at the parcel/lot level.


Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform

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December 2020 to June 2023

Current Phase


ARDC Co-investment


Project lead

University of New South Wales (UNSW)