Community Insight Australia uses public data to better target social services

Community Insight Australia has developed a tool to enable social enterprises to access openly available public data on a location of their choice. Organisations use the system to target and prioritise community investment and to inform community consultations and planning decisions.

Reliable community information helps organisations to better deliver and design services. For example, the tool allows a user to analyse social indicators specific to a location, such as crime, health, economy, education and skills. This helps users identify areas of greatest need.

The value of this mapping, analysis and reporting tool increases as the volume, quality and currency of available public data increases. The Community Insight Australia tool currently links to over 50 publicly available datasets.

The Australian Government is working with Community Insight Australia to identify useful and relevant datasets for inclusion in the project.