AURIN Workbench

AURIN provides a suite of data, analytical, and decision-support tools to policy-makers, researchers and industry. This allows evidence-based decision-making and leading edge research around Australia’s towns and cities to thrive. Together, these tools are known as the AURIN Workbench


AURIN Portal

The AURIN Portal contains a rich range of data and analytical tools.

Over 3000 datasets from more than 90 data providers can be retrieved through the AURIN Portal, and over 100 analytical and visualisation tools provide extensive scope for spatialising, integrating, manipulating and mapping diverse data from across multiple research disciplines.

The AURIN Portal is accessible to everyone with an Australian Access Federation (AAF) login, which means everyone with a .edu.au account and staff from other public research institutions such as the CSIRO. Log in with your University credentials here

If you have a .gov.au email address request a free account here.

Find out more information about the Portal at our Portal Information Page


AURIN has developed an Application Programming Interface (API) to allow users to access a whole range of open datasets, without having to log in to the portal. Users can access these datasets via desktop GIS programs such as QGIS, mobile apps, and other programming or technical environments and platforms (such as R, Jupyter)

The AURIN API contains data contributed to AURIN as part of activities to enhance research outcomes and knowledge about cities, regions and urban infrastructure. AURIN is funded by the Commonwealth government NCRIS program.

AURIN supports open data. Datasets available through the OpenAPI are licensed under Creative Commons licences.

Find out more about our API at the AURIN Open API Information Page

AURIN Open API


AURIN Map

Free and open AURIN Map with national data layers from various data partners covering subjects such as population and demographics, health and wellbeing, socio-economic indices, vulnerability indicators and access to services.

Data is generously shared by AURIN’s data partners and visualised by AURIN Data team.

Download data, visualise with various base maps, embed maps in your website and explore other national data resources NationalMap, AREMI and NEII Viewer.

The AURIN Map is completely open for all users, including researchers, industry, policy-makers, and private individuals. It is also a great teaching tool, introducing urban and spatial concepts to young people.

Go straight to the AURIN Map here, or have a look at the AURIN Map Information Page


Browse the growing list of all of the datasets accessible through the AURIN Portal and AURIN Open API

There are now over 3,000 datasets from almost 100 sources, covering a wide range of disciplines. You can search by keyword, organisation, geographic boundaries, or licensing type, allowing you to quickly determine the kinds of data available in AURIN that are fit for your work.

With AURIN’s unique federated system, the data stays with the data custodian. This allows researchers to browse the data before accessing or downloading custom datasets. This also provides seamless access to data as it is updated and maintained at its source

Browse our data catalogue here, or view our Data Information Page.

Data Discovery


Decision Support

AURIN’s portfolio of decision-support products includes tools to enable better evidence-based policy development and decision-making and more sophisticated analysis.

Using cutting-edge simulation and scenario-planning techniques, these tools provide the opportunity to explore new ideas for urban growth and planning and enable a new level of creativity to be brought to bear on the planning process.

Tools were funded and developed in partnership with members of the AURIN Network

View our stand-alone decision support tools here


To help you become familiar with the AURIN Workbench, AURIN has developed a comprehensive knowledge repository. Here, you can find out how to log into the AURIN portal, and understand how to use all of the tools, either through step by step written guides, or through tutorial videos.

In addition, there are worked use cases to allow you to understand how to complete full back-to-back work flows in the portal, familiarise yourself with spatial concepts and spatial geographies, and introduce yourself to concepts around spatial technologies and spatial data formats.

There are also a range of help pages for the AURIN Map, the AURIN Open API, and AURIN’s decision support tools.

Visit our help pages here

Documentation and Help