Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform (AHDAP)

AHDAP will provide a unique federated platform for the ingestion and management of digital data on housing and the built environment

The Challenge

Australian housing datasets are disparate, making it a challenge for housing researchers and policy makers to search, process, and implement data into advanced housing research and analytical models.

The Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform (AHDAP) seeks to address this challenge by bringing together nationally significant and harmonised housing-related datasets with a view to improving overall housing outcomes. The platform will significantly improve Australia’s current housing evidence base, providing research and policymakers with a prioritised set of nationally harmonised housing data delivered through an integrated online workbench of housing decision support tools.


This project is led by City Futures Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, with project management support from FrontierSI. The project is funded under the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) Platforms program with funding contributions from Project Partners.

For the first time, the platform brings together the key Federal agencies responsible for researching and monitoring national housing and planning policy – the Australian Urban and Housing Research Institute (AHURI), Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN), National Housing Finance Investment Corporation (NHFIC), Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – together with eight Universities (University of Melbourne, University of South Australia, University of Canberra, University of Tasmania, Swinburne University and FrontierSI Partners, UNSW,  University of Queensland and Curtin University).

Together, this collaboration will deliver a sustainable national governance model for Australia’s digital housing assets, built on a combination of the Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable Data principles (FAIR principles).

The Solution 

AHDAP will provide a unique federated platform for the ingestion and management of digital data on housing and the built environment together with a suite of tools that will allow rapid multi-scale complex modelling and simulation to address the pressing questions regarding housing provision and sustainability across Australia. It will provide housing researchers and planners with a transformative capability to objectively design and evaluate new policy and practice with regards to the future development of Australia’s urban conurbations, assisting in the driving of economic recovery, social inclusion and resilience across Australia’s $7 trillion housing market.


The AHDAP project will elevate Australia’s ability to undertake housing research and support policy decisions that are fair, data-driven, and accurate by implementing a common, extensible data model to facilitate the consolidation of Australian housing data. This will result in significantly reduced time and resource costs required to search, process, and implement data into advanced research and analytical models. The AHDAP will facilitate research into areas such as housing supply, affordability, and diversity through making available nationally standardised and trusted datasets integrated at the parcel/lot level, thereby giving researchers the ability to choose the most appropriate spatial resolution to undertake analyses.

To learn more, contact FrontierSI at or connect with Innovation Labs Program Manager, Laura Spelbrink, at