The Australian Urban Observatory launched in Feb. 2020. This ground-breaking digital platform is set to transform how we map liveability in Australia. Register now to view FREE liveability indicators across LGAs!

  • Project dates: 2020 (ongoing)

The Australian Urban Observatory is a digital platform that transforms complex urban data into easily understood liveability maps across Australia’s 21 largest cities. The Observatory draws on over 8 years of policy-relevant research by the Healthy Liveable Cities Group.

The Observatory maps key liveability indicators found to be associated with health and wellbeing, and provides a clear understanding of the liveability of cities. The Observatory provides information and understanding to support resource allocation, future policy action and support to create equitable, healthy and liveable places.

Our aim is to share the knowledge gained through our research with residents and decision makers to improve health and liveability across communities. 

Support Us

The Australian Urban Observatory is a not-for-profit platform. Access to liveability indicators is FREE for Local Government Areas. Access to liveability indicators for Suburbs and Neighbourhoods is only available to those who become a Funding Partner of the Observatory.  All partner funding is reinvested back into further development of the Observatory, ongoing updates and improvements and new liveability indicators. This will enable the long-term sustainability of the platform and measure and monitor progress in liveability in Australian cities over time.

For more information visit our webpage at: auo.org.au or contact us at E: auo@rmit.edu.au

Foundation Funding Partners and Supporters

We gratefully acknowledge support from the following funders and research partners:

Key People

Lead researchers

Dr Melanie Davern

Dr Melanie Davern

Senior Research Fellow

Carl Higgs

Carl Higgs

Research Officer

Dr Alan Both

Dr Alan Both

Senior Research Fellow

Rebecca Roberts

Rebecca Roberts

GIS Analyst

Dr Lucy Gunn

Dr Lucy Gunn

Research Fellow

Fadhillah Norzahari

Fadhillah Norzahari

Spatial Research Manager

Partnerships and Development

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