North-west Melbourne Project

North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne Data Access, Integration and Interrogation and demonstrator projects

This project facilitates access to datasets for the Melbourne North West corridor and in turn provide researchers with access to the data via the AURIN Portal. Such unprecedented data access will enable world-class research that will be focused toward addressing the key policy issues in the North West region of Melbourne, as identified by the North and West Metropolitan Regional Management Forum.

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Project Overview

The project is conducted through the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructure and Land Administration (CSDILA) at the University of Melbourne and involves three faculties. The  project demonstrates the benefit of providing open access of government datasets to researchers, planners and policy makers in dealing with problems of space, place, and liveability. This project has been conducted under the direction of Professor Abbas Rajabifard. 

The value of the project is shown through four demonstrator projects, which cover four of the most pressing issues facing the North West Melbourne Region.

Further information on the four projects can be found on the CDSILA site links below:

Demonstrator 1: Walkability
Demonstrator 2: Employment Clustering
Demonstrator 3: Housing Affordability
emonstrator 4: Health Services 

Accessing the tools

Demonstrator 1: Walkability

Walkability does not require a login – click here to access to tool.

Demonstrator 2: Employment Clustering

Employment Clustering is accessed through the AURIN Portal.

Demonstrator 3: Housing Affordability

Housing requires a user account, please contact CSDILA to inquire about access.

Demonstrator 4: Health Services

Health Services does not require a login – click here to access to tool.


The work program will consist of five major components:

  1. Source the NWMR data sources for inclusion from relevant government stakeholders
  2. Check the sourced data to ensure they are fit for purpose
  3. Develop data architecture and data service solution
  4. Integration of data interrogation tools and services into AURIN Portal and provision of metadata records to Research Data Australia (RDA)
  5. Undertake four demonstrators to show the utility of the data test bed

Project Team

Abbas RProfessor Abbas Rajabifard (Project Leader)
Director, Centre for SDIs and Land Administration
Melbourne School of Engineering
The University of Melbourne
+61 3 8344 9854
Hannah Badland_webDr Hannah Badland (Walkability)
Research Fellow
McCaughey VicHealth Centre for the Promotion of Mental Health and Community Wellbeing
The University of Melbourne
110406_MarcusprofileDr Marcus White (Walkability)
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
The University of Melbourne
day-jennie-150x141pxDr Jennifer Day (Employment Clustering)
Lecturer in Urban Planning
Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning
University of Melbourne
Mohsen Kalantari_bwDr Mohsen Kalantari (Housing Affordability)
Associate Director
Centre for SDIs and Land Administration
Melbourne School of Engineering
The University of Melbourne
03 83440274
John FurlerDr John Furler (Health Services)
Senior Research Fellow
Department of General Practice
The University of Melbourne

Project Partners

The organisations participating in this project are members of the North and West Metropolitan Regional Management Forum (RMF). Active participants in the development of this proposal are outlined below. It should be noted that the RMF is an extensive network and opportunities for expanding this initial list will be sought through this project.


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