Local government online tools

Population forecasts

Plan for the future

How can forecast.id help?

Anticipate and plan for the changing needs of your community

Does your council have a consistent view of the future?

Engage Australia’s biggest and most trusted forecasting team to build a population and household forecast for your local government area that everyone can rely on.

Based on a detailed understanding of land and housing supply, the forecasts will give you detailed knowledge of how housing and population will change each year for each suburb so you can make informed decisions about the future.

We deliver the results of the forecasts online, in a web application called forecast.id and most councils make their population forecasts available to the public so community groups, investors, business people, students and the general public can access detailed population forecasts for their needs as well.

Over 130 local government authorities across Australia subscribe to forecast.id. Staff across all council functions, from town planning to library services and the broader community use forecast.id to:

  • Provide a trusted evidence-base for planning
  • Understand the population outcomes of policy decisions
  • Plan age specific services
  • Rationalise infrastructure assets
  • Compete effectively for funding
  • Advocate successfully for services provided by other agencies
  • Inform council staff and councillors about how their community is changing
  • Build confidence in decision making

For years we’ve used forecast.id to plan services and facilities more accurately than was possible in the past. With forecast.id, our staff can show how many four year olds are likely to want kindergarten in years to come, allowing the groundwork to occur now.

John Holland, Manager of Strategic Planning Cardinia Shire Council, VIC

We’d love to learn more about your needs and help you decide whether forecast.id would be a good fit. Please send us an email if you’d like to start with an informal chat