Digital tools

Colouring Cities


Colouring Australia

Colouring Australia is a free knowledge exchange platform designed to provide over fifty types of open data on Sydney buildings, to help make the city more sustainable.

Colouring Australia is a digital toolkit under the Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform (AHDAP), developed in partnership with the Colouring Cities Research Programme based at the Alan Turing Institute.

The programme works with local, regional, national and international partners to develop open platform code also of relevance to other cities.

New datasets and features are added all the time. Any help you can give, colouring-in our building maps, and enriching and verifying our open datasets is very much appreciated.

Our data and code are open to use and share under our open license terms.

Colouring Cities is currently available in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide
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Housing Analytics Workbench Tools

The Housing Analytics Workbench Tools of the AHDAP project is an online workbench comprising a series of main functions of four tools: AHAT, Envision, Australian Property Market Explorer and WhatIf? It consists of a suite of analytical and decision-support tools for urban planners, researchers and industry. It allows evidence-based decision-making and leading-edge research around Australia’s towns and cities.

The What If? planning support system (PSS) is a collaborative planning tool designed to allow strategic planners to experiment with planning scenarios. The tool informs strategic planners on the impact of population growth and other socio-economic factors on the future of Australian cities. The tool will launch in mid-2022

Envision offers a set of tools allowing users to query a wide variety of data sets to undertake multi-criteria evaluation and strategic, map-based, precinct-level planning. The tool will launch in mid-2022

Affordable Housing Assessment Tool (AHAT) is designed to calculate the impact of different cost and subsidy parameters on housing affordability. This project level, general feasibility tool models the financial impacts of a range of policy mechanisms and levers to meet the costs of providing housing for a given mix of housing needs groups. The tool will launch by December-2022

The Australian Property Market Explorer (APME) is an online, visual exploration tool for conducting visual analytics on data available on property markets across Australia.

Property values are rapidly calculated using any one of the automated valuation models available on the toolkit. The generated values are visualised on a map and can be overlayed with other geospatial information layers relevant to investigating trends in property price. The tool will launch by mid-2023

National Housing Data Exchange

The Australian Housing Data Analytics Platform (AHDAP) project has launched its data portal – the National Housing Data Exchange

The AHDAP project and National Housing Data Exchange help academia, government, industry and communities solve the challenges facing Australia’s housing future by providing fast and efficient access to curated housing data that could otherwise take months, years or be impossible to access.​ 

The National Housing Data Exchange enables users to search and access housing related data assets from across Australia by using search terms, tags or filtering by location. It is the central portal to discover Australian housing data and brings together datasets and metadata records from a range of different organisations. This includes an AHDAP managed National Building Footprints dataset fused from Microsoft Bing and Open Street Map data, as well as additional national high value datasets under development. The number of available data assets will continue to grow as the project progresses.

ISO19115 compliant metadata is used to support data search and discovery and the portal is based on the FAIR principles (Findable, Accessible Interoperable and Reusable) to support knowledge discovery and innovation.  

Screenshot of housing data portal page