Access accurate and timely insights on people movement throughout Australia and understand how to apply these insights to your projects, plans or policies.

Critical insight

Understanding how people move, where they go and what they do gives governments and businesses critical insight and direction into planning and shaping more equitable and sustainable cities and regions.

Changes in residential migration, how people move in and around precincts, and the more recent working from home norm present a continuous challenge for planners, policy makers and government agencies. Accessing accurate and timely data on how and where people move and understanding the opportunities and issues relevant to a specific project, plan or policy is critical for shaping sustainable, equitable and prosperous cities and regions.

Comprehensive insights into near real-time mobility data help:

  • Avoid outdated or patchy data and access real-time insights into how and why people move
  • Identify residential growth in cities and urban areas to improve planning and decision making
  • Allocate budgets more effectively to maximise public value and efficient use of resources
  • Create, maintain and evaluate strategies based on timely and accurate mobility data
  • Understand accurate monthly movement patterns of the full Australian adult population
  • Access national and state migration flows into, out of, and across states
  • Quantify domestic residential migration at state or region level (SA4) since COVID-19
  • Measure monthly migration trends within specific regions
  • Understand urban and regional migration and see key areas of population settlement growth
  • Understand how places of residence have changed and convert that knowledge into investments, cost savings or budget redeployment
  • Measure how habitation of cities and urban areas has changed since COVID-19

How it works

SGS Economics and Planning and DSpark in collaboration: Mobility insights for understanding and shaping equitable and sustainable cities and regions.

DSpark is Australia’s leading mobility intelligence business. Working with major Telco providers DSpark deliver “actionable insights” through nationalised mobility data to a range of major clients in the public and commercial sectors.

With a very rich anonymised base dataset collected from a third of the Australian Population and 4 Billion geo signals every single day and a rich history, DSpark are the leaders in people movement and understanding how movement data is vital to fuel planning, infrastructure and services strategy.

DSpark's analytics framework engine processes and transforms spatial-temporal data into mobility intelligence using the highest data privacy standards. This patented framework cleans, processes and transforms raw location data into national mobility intelligence.

In simple terms, DSpark takes billions of data points generated daily by mobile phone devices, then cleans and aggregates it to generate valuable demographically grouped insights.

As an employee-owned business and certified B Corp with high standards of accountability and transparency, SGS Economics and Planning plays a critical role as an independent and trusted advisor to the governments and organisations that shape Australia’s cities and regions. The SGS team applies DSpark's mobility data to evidence-based insights and tailored advice for specific projects, plans and policies.

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Select examples

The South Melbourne Market is a renowned inner-urban precinct hosting many retail, restaurants, cafes, bars and community activities. SGS and DSpark collaborated to analyse anonymised mobility insights data to uncover insights and identify policy implications of changes to activity levels at the market during COVID-19 lockdowns. The results show that the number of visitors and how they access the market changed significantly during the pandemic lockdowns. As the market continues to be a popular destination for Melburnians and local and international visitors, anonymised mobility insights data can provide in-depth and timely information on how visitors use the market.

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