Human mobility data is a key ingredient in modelling the spread of infectious diseases through and across populations.

The current outbreak of COVID-19 has demonstrated that humans spread infectious diseases rapidly, overwhelming local health systems. Australia lacks a comprehensive human mobility dataset to further research in the health domain to prevent and control future disease outbreaks, however there is an abundance of high-quality public data, reporting different aspects of mobility. This project addresses the challenge of transforming available mobility data into a consistent format that is suitable for analysis in a broad range of research areas. Merging the various individual datasets drastically improves the quality and coverage of existing datasets. The final data asset will be hosted and made publicly available on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN).

Start date 1 January 2021
Expected completion date 30 June 2023
Investment by ARDC $499,000
Co-investment partners
1 National-scale human mobility data asset
This project will combine and transform available Australian mobility data (e.g. international arrivals into Australia, passenger volumes on domestic flights, usage of the road and public transport network) into a consistent format that is suitable for analysis in a broad range of areas.
2 Develop API
Enable machine access to the data asset.
3 Enable data downloads
Develop the ability to download data at different spatial and temporal resolutions.

Core features

Open access
The data asset will be hosted and made publicly available on the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN).
Custom downloads
Data users will be able to download origin-destination movement flows at different spatial and temporal resolutions.
Machine access
An API will be made available to support machine access to the data asset at different spatio-temporal resolutions.

Who is this project for?

  • Transport research academics
  • Urban planners
  • Engineers
  • Researchers in any domain that require an understanding of the patterns of human movement across Australia

What does this project enable?

This project supports any research that requires an understanding of the patterns of human movement across Australia. For example, this dataset could be used in the health domain to model and predict the spread of infectious diseases. In addition to infectious disease modelling, this data asset can be utilised in numerous other areas of research such as, transport analytics, emergency and disaster management, and border security.

Handy resources

  • Full Project title: A comprehensive national scale human mobility data asset for Australia
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