AURIN: Australia’s urban intelligence network

AURIN is a national collaboration delivering e-research infrastructure to empower better decisions for Australia’s human settlements and their future development.

Funded by the Australian Government through the Education Investment Fund, and the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (NCRIS), the $28 million AURIN initiative is building the e-research infrastructure to enable better understanding of the current state of Australia’s cities and towns and to meet the challenges they face.

Ergas quote 2Led by The University of Melbourne, AURIN collaborates with more than 80 institutions and data providers across Australia through contracted subprojects and Data Access Agreements.

The AURIN Workbench and its flagship application, the AURIN Portal, is delivering access to diverse data from multiple sources, and is facilitating data integration and data interrogation using open source e-research tools.

This generates meaningful knowledge – urban intelligence – the evidence base for informed decisions for the smart growth and the sustainable development of Australia’s cities and towns.

The Challenge

Ergas quote 1Australia’s population is likely to double by mid-21st century. The vast majority of people will be living and working in urban environments across Australia’s diverse cities and towns, and 7 out of 10 people will be concentrated in just 5 mega-metro regions.

This presents big challenges for the nation, its states and territories, and local communities.

Our settlements are complex. Understanding how they function and planning for their future development is crucial.

That requires access to massive amounts of data and sophisticated analytical and modelling tools to adequately address key issues such as investment in the infrastructures required to enhance productivity, providing access to affordable housing, achieving greater efficiencies in energy and water consumption, and enhancing health and well-being.

Big data, cool tools & capability


  • Brings together and streamlines access to more than 1,800 datasets previously difficult, time consuming or costly to obtain
  • Provides the online capability to combine data at various levels of scale from multiple sources
  • Delivers online access to open source e-research tools to interrogate, model and visualise data.
  • Analytical capabilities include statistical and spatial modelling, planning and simulation tools, graphing and mapping routines.
  • Provides the network to facilitate collaboration, partnerships and knowledge sharing across academia, all levels of government, and industry.

Where needed, AURIN provides merit-based securitised access protocols to interrogate unit record data, maintaining privacy and confidentiality.

The AURIN Workbench is the collective term for the applications and services that the AURIN project has delivered.  Most data and services are delivered through the ‘Portal’, our flagship application, but other tools and capability are made available through other websites; in many cases, these sites are open access and do not require the AAF login that the Portal does.


Find out more about the AURIN Journey

Download the AURIN Brochure