Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE)

Census of Land Use and Employment (CLUE) provides comprehensive information about land use, employment and economic activity across the City of Melbourne, making it a valuable research tool.

CLUE assists the City of Melbourne's business planning, policy development and strategic decision making. Investors, consultants, students, urban researchers, property analysts, businesses and developers can take advantage of CLUE to understand customers, the market place and the changing form and nature of the city.

How CLUE works

The City of Melbourne conducts a census of all businesses in the municipality every two years. This data answers a range of questions, including:

  • What are the current land uses (building types, floor space usage, business activities)?

  • What sort of businesses and industries are located in the City of Melbourne and how fast are they growing?

  • What are the key trends in employment, business and development and residential sector expansion?

  • What are the changes in land use?

About the data

CLUE data includes:

  • industry structure and type (ANZSIC code and number of establishments or business locations)

  • floor space type and use (office, retail, industrial, accommodation, entertainment, vacant)

  • employment type and status (full-time, part-time, casual or contractor, male and female)

  • building information (number of floors, year of construction, accessibility, predominant space use)

  • venue and capacity measures (cafe and restaurant seats, off-street car parking spaces, bicycle and shower facilities, residential dwellings, student dwellings)

  • spatial distribution (maps, CLUE small areas, blocks and customised regions).


    Selected dataset from CLUE are presented here on Melbourne Open Data. Published census results do not provide confidential or business sensitive details about individual businesses.


    Summary information and findings from the most recent and past CLUE collections can be found on the City of Melbourne website and the City of Melbourne’s Economic Profile.


    Use our CLUE definitions as a guide to the Census data.

CLUE small areas

Shows the spatial extent of CLUE small areas (similar to suburbs) used for reporting and summarising data.

Access the Data

CLUE Blocks

Shows the spatial extent of CLUE blocks used for reporting and summarising data.

CLUE data

Dataset name Description 2017 data 2017 map 2002 - 2017 data
Building information The building attributes including location, construction year, refurbished year, number of floors above ground, predominant space use, bicycle/shower facilities and building accessibility. View View View
Business establishments trading name and industry classification The business establishments with their trading name, industry (ANZSIC4) classification, location, CLUE block and small area allocation. View View View
Café, restaurant, bistro seats The number of dining seats (classified by indoor/outdoor) for establishments with their trading name, industry (ANZSIC4) classification, location, CLUE block and small area designation. View View View
Bar, tavern, pub patron capacity The bar/tavern/pub patron capacity of establishments with their trading name, industry (ANZSIC4) classification, location, CLUE block and small area designation. View View View
Residential dwellings The count of dwellings per residential building is shown for Residential Apartment, House/Townhouse and Student Apartment. View View View
Off-street car parking The number of off-street car parking spaces classified by commercial, residential or private for establishments with their location, CLUE block and small area designation. View View View
Business establishments per CLUE industry for blocks The number of business establishments per CLUE block, classified by their CLUE industry (from ANZSIC1) and small area allocation. View   View
Employment per CLUE industry for blocks The employment (number of jobs) per CLUE block, classified by their CLUE industry (from ANZSIC1) and small area allocation. View   View
Business establishments per ANZSIC for blocks The number of business establishments per CLUE block, classified by their ANZSIC1 industry and small area allocation. View   View
Employment per ANZSIC for blocks The employment (number of jobs) per CLUE block, classified by their ANZSIC1 industry and small area allocation. View   View
Floor space per space use for blocks The floor space (in square metres) per CLUE block, classified by their space use and small area allocation. View   View