How you might use Melbourne Data

You can find data by browsing the categories, searching the current catalogue, using the quicklinks or typing a keyword into the search field all on the homepage.

We have also suggested some datasets you might be interested in depending whether you are a change maker, entrepreneur, planner, interested citizen, ratepayer or reporter.

Are you a Change Maker?

Are you interested in building evidence for a particular cause and influencing decision makers? You can use this data to make a difference in your community by:

  • analysing indicators and trends to understand how well issues you care about are being addressed

  • drawing out interesting evidence in order to advocate for your community and interests

  • combining datasets to create new knowledge, insights and applications

Are you a Researcher?

Are you undertaking research or planning to work with the City of Melbourne to undertake research?  You can use this data to:

  • carry out simulations or modelling

  • as a base for secondary analytical research

  • to compare with data from other sources and from other cities

Are you an Entrepreneur or want to become one?

Are you looking to start a new service or business in Melbourne and want to learn from this data, or incorporate it into an app? You can use this data to:

  • solve community or societal problems

  • demonstrate an alternative way of providing a government service

  • start a side business or launch a startup.

For further technical assistance please visit Socrata’s development site

Are you a future focused Planner?

Are you scheduling works or coordinating events and want to know what else is on? You can use this data to:

  • explore and export data to create and test scenarios and hypotheses

  • plan effectively knowing what is happening around you

  • add this data to existing applications that you use.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Why is the City of Melbourne publishing this data?

Building an accessible, transparent and responsive organisation is one of the goals in our four-year Council Plan 2013-17. We aim to become one of the most transparent councils in Australia by increasing public disclosure and access to information. On 25 November 2014, Council endorsed an ‘open by default’ policy position supported by five open data principles.

What data does the City of Melbourne hold?

You can view all open datasets in our current catalogue. In time, it will be expanded to include a large majority of our data. Not all data can be released due to privacy reasons.

Will you publish my private data?

Rigorous processes are in place to protect your privacy. We will not publish any data of a private or sensitive nature. Read our privacy policy and our open data principles

How often is the data updated?

The frequency of updates differs for each dataset and is outlined within each dataset’s metadata. Select the ‘About’ button when viewing a dataset to find the update frequency, last updated date and version control.

How do I report an error within a dataset?

If you detect an error or believe a dataset is incomplete, please select the ‘About’ tab within the dataset to make the ‘About this dataset’ tab appear on the left-hand side. You can then select ‘Contact database owner’ and advise us of the error. Alternatively, you can select the ‘Discuss’ button and post a comment.

Where can I get further help?

For all general open data and technical queries visit the help page. or contact the City of Melbourne's Open Data team.

City of Melbourne Open Data Principles

Purpose and Scope

The City of Melbourne is committed to Open Data to foster greater transparency and accountability, to drive innovation and economic opportunities for Melbourne and, at the same time, create a more cost effective, efficient and responsive government.
All data collected and stored will be made available in machine-readable formats to the public while appropriately safeguarding sensitive information and rigorously protecting privacy. Open data means that data will be technically available and reusable and appropriate open licensing will be in place to facilitate its use.

Open Data Principles

Data will be available free:

Data will be made available at no cost, unless explicitly authorised to charge a fee by Council or the cost is set by legislative requirements.

Data will be available for open use:

Data will be made available under flexible and open licenses, allowing for reuse by the public, including businesses, researchers and individuals ensuring the data is released in a manner that does not breach privacy, public safety, security, commercial confidentiality or legislative requirements.

Data will be in accessible formats and easy to find:

Data will be easily discoverable through an Open Data Platform in accessible formats that promote its reuse

Data will be released within set standards and accountabilities:

Data will be available in a timely and relevant manner. A governance framework will be implemented to ensure the release of fit-for-purpose data in accordance with set standards and guidelines. Sufficient context and metadata will be provided to notify the user of any limitations or gaps in the dataset.

Continue to engage with the community:

Opportunities will be provided for the community to request datasets and provide feedback and the Open Data Program will be continually improved and refined based on this feedback.

About Melbourne Data

Welcome to Melbourne Data - the City of Melbourne’s open data platform, where you can access and use a wide variety of publicly accessible council data. By publishing this data, we aim to increase transparency, improve public services and support new economic and social initiatives.

We would love to see how you’re using our data. Please use #melbdata or mention @cityofmelbourne when tweeting about your creations, email us or complete our feedback form. To receive updates about Melbourne Data and upcoming events please join our mailing list.

Are you an interested Citizen, Ratepayer or maybe a Reporter?

Are you an advocate for Council transparency and interested in knowing what is happening and why? You can use this data to:

  • create maps and graphs and include these in an article or blog you are writing

  • understand where council funds are being spent

  • create and share your own views of the data on this platform and other websites.

How can I request an unpublished dataset?

You can lodge a request for a specific dataset that is not published, explaining why you would like this dataset made open. We will consider each request through our governance process and keep you informed regarding the status of your request and estimated release dates if applicable.

What can I do with the data?

Our open data is provided under a creative commons licence. This means you are free to share and adapt our data for any purpose, provided you give the appropriate credit. Each dataset will show the specific licencing information within the listed metadata information.

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