The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) provides researchers, policy makers and decision makers access to datasets and services through the AURIN Portal and associated sites administered by AURIN or accessible through (including all subdomains) (the AURIN Site). The AURIN Site includes the sites listed on the Workbench page, as updated from time to time.

The University of Melbourne, as AURIN’s lead agent, administers, operates and controls AURIN. The AURIN Site is copyright © The University of Melbourne 2011 – 2017.

These terms govern your use of the AURIN Site. They describe the ways in which you can use the datasets and e-tools made available through the AURIN Site, and define our rights to any contributions you may make to those datasets and e-tools. The AURIN Open API is subject to separate terms of use that apply specifically to the use of the AURIN Open API. To the extent of any inconsistency between these terms and the AURIN Open API terms in respect of use of the AURIN Open API, the AURIN Open API terms will apply. We may make changes to these terms of use by publishing them on our website. These terms of use should be read together with AURIN’s Privacy Policy.

Please read these terms of use carefully before using the AURIN Site.
If you do not accept these terms of use, you may not use the AURIN Site.

1 Interpretation

In these terms of use, a reference to ‘AURIN Data‘ means any information, data or other material accessible through the AURIN Site, and includes facts, geographic and location-based information, statistical or survey information, compilations and research results, whether in text or any other form. A reference to ‘AURIN E-tools‘ means the analytical tools available through the AURIN Site. A reference to a ‘dataset‘ means a particular sub-collection of AURIN Data which can be identified in the AURIN Site by reference to its provider.

2 Access

You need an account to access the AURIN Portal and parts of the AURIN Workbench that provide access by secure login.

Access to the AURIN Portal is restricted to people associated with our collaborator institutions, and approved researchers, policy-makers and decision-makers. If you are a member of an organisation with Australian Access Federation (AAF) credentials you do not need any separate registration to use the AURIN Portal. You can log in using your institution’s username and password. If your organisation does not have AAF credentials, you can apply for an account in the AAF Virtual Home Organisation. These accounts allow access to the AURIN Portal at AURIN’s discretion.

Please keep your login details confidential and secure. You may only access the AURIN Portal using your own personal login credentials. You must not share your account with anyone else. Please tell us if you suspect that the security of your account has been compromised, or if your account has been used by an unauthorised person or in an unauthorised way, by emailing

Access to other parts of the AURIN Site is not restricted at this time, however AURIN reserves the right to deny you access if you do not comply with these terms, or to introduce access restrictions in the future.

3 No commercial use

You may only use the AURIN Site, AURIN Data and AURIN E-tools as a resource for non-commercial purposes.

Any commercial use of the AURIN Site, AURIN Data or AURIN E-tools is strictly prohibited.

A commercial use is one intended for commercial advantage or to obtain financial compensation.

4 Licence

We grant you a licence to access the AURIN Site and to use AURIN Data and AURIN E-tools, subject to these terms of use. You may use, reproduce, publish, communicate or adapt AURIN Data that you access in the course of your use of the AURIN Site. You may use AURIN E-tools to interrogate and model AURIN Data.

4.1 Creative Commons Public Licences

AURIN is a supporter of open data, and tries to obtain AURIN Data under Creative Commons Public Licences. The metadata record associated with each dataset will indicate where a Creative Commons Public Licence applies, and will provide a link to the relevant licence.

Where a particular dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Public Licence, your use of that dataset is governed by both the Creative Commons Public Licence and these terms of use. The Creative Commons Public Licence will prevail to the extent of any inconsistency between the Creative Commons Public Licence and these terms of use.

4.2 Other types of licences

We try to make as much of the AURIN Data available to as many AURIN users as possible. However, some AURIN Data and some AURIN E-tools are restricted to certain categories of users (such as academic users). Access to particular datasets may be subject to additional licence terms (Data Terms & Conditions). Such Data Terms & Conditions may include restrictions on use, specific attribution requirements and other important conditions. By clicking through any such additional terms to the dataset, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to be bound by the Data Terms & Conditions, in addition to these terms of use.

5 Attribution

You must properly attribute AURIN Data.

The dataset’s metadata record may set out how that dataset is to be attributed.

Where a dataset does not require a specific attribution, please include the following attribution in any publication incorporating such data:

[Data Source Organisation], ([Year]): [Dataset Title]; accessed from [[AURIN Portal]/AURIN Workbench/[name AURIN sub-site]] on [date of access]

For further information, please see our Copyright and Attribution page.

If you are unsure how to properly attribute a particular dataset please contact us by emailing

6 Ownership of Intellectual Property

The AURIN Site is owned by the University of Melbourne. AURIN Data and AURIN E-tools are owned by the University of Melbourne, our project partners or other contributors to AURIN, listed here. For further information, please see our Copyright and Attribution page.

If you contribute to AURIN Data or AURIN E-tools you grant the University of Melbourne the right to use (including the right to sublicense), reproduce, publish, communicate or adapt your contribution in connection with the AURIN Site, and to provide access to your contributions to users of the AURIN Site subject to these terms of use (or any replacement to them). You confirm that any contributions you make to AURIN Data or AURIN E-tools are your own work, and do not infringe the intellectual property rights of any third party.

We assert our rights, or those of our project partners and contributors, in and to AURIN Data, but do not claim rights in your publications that incorporate AURIN Data.

7 Data ‘as is’

We do not warrant that AURIN Data is accurate, complete or up-to-date, or that its use will not infringe any third party rights. AURIN Data comes from a number of third party data providers and those data providers are responsible for their particular datasets. Your use of AURIN Data is at your own risk. You should check the accuracy, completeness and currency of any dataset with the relevant data provider before relying on it. Please notify us if you think any AURIN Data is inaccurate, incomplete, unreliable or out of date by emailing

8 Indemnity

You indemnify the University of Melbourne against any claim, loss, damage, liability, cost or expense that we may incur arising out of your use of AURIN Data or AURIN E-tools, or your breach of these terms of use.

9 External websites

We sometimes provide links to external websites. We do not accept responsibility for, or endorse the content of, those sites.

10 Copyright notices

If you believe that any AURIN Data or AURIN E-tools infringe your copyright, please notify us by completing our Take Down Notice.

11 Privacy

AURIN Data is generally provided in an aggregate or anonymised form. However, it may be possible to identify an individual from the AURIN Data (for example, by combining datasets or analysing data with AURIN E-tools). You must not use the AURIN Site or AURIN Data in a manner that interferes with the privacy of an individual.

The ways in which we collect, use, hold and disclose personal information is set out in our Privacy Policy.

(Updated: 28/03/2017)