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Housing in Victoria Website is an interactive website providing data on housing and housing affordability indicators at different geographical levels in Victoria.

The website, for the first time, gathers together in one place a broad range of housing data at suburb, municipality, regional and metropolitan levels in Victoria. It provides useful and accessible data for research and planning purposes. It allows users to select and compare data over time and spatially.

The website is targeted at individuals and organisations interested in housing and housing affordability in Victoria: local government, state government, housing associations, other housing organisations and agencies, peak bodies, researchers, residents, developers, students and consultants.

The website was initiated by the Cities of Melbourne, Yarra, Stonnington and Port Phillip under the Inner Regional Housing Statement and the Inner Melbourne Action Plan. Research for and development of the website was initially funded by a $100,000 grant from the Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development’s Local Area Planning Support Program. This funding is now supplemented by funds from participating councils.

Research by the Institute provided a data framework for the website including types of housing data available, their geographic and historical coverage, their regularity and their sources. The website utilises housing affordability indicators developed by Professor Terry Burke of the Institute.

Swinburne Information Technology Innovation Group (ITIG) is sub-contracted to develop the website programming, the SQL database and the database management system.

The project commenced in 2007 and is ongoing.

Research Team

Research Fellows: Sean McNelis, Liss Ralston and Prof Terry Burke