Build strong local economies

Our purpose

Economic evidence to make confident, informed decisions

Our economics team specialises in local area analysis to help communities develop their economies.

We work closely with over 300 local government clients across Australia and many non-local government clients engaged in community building. This gives us an in-depth knowledge of regional economic trends, challenges and opportunities.

We use this knowledge to build online economic tools and consulting services that help inform economic development, land use planning, policy and strategic decisions.

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Our clients

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Our products

Local Economic Profile

Comprehensive local economic profiles and impact modelling tools. It combines robust and up-to-date economic data with an interactive web-based interface.



Product logos-economy-colour-RGB enables us to have reliable economic information on hand quickly to promote our local economy to visitors and investors, and support our submissions to other tiers of government.
Greg Male
Mayor, Monash City Council, VIC

Our consulting services

Our economics team has experience across Australia on a range of projects. We undertake economic analysis and develop online tools to inform economic development activities, investment attraction, land use planning, strategic planning, tourism plans and assess the impact of projects on the local community. 


Economic analysis

Economic analysis

Our experts identify the key challenges and opportunities in your local economy, so you can prioritise programs and investment in the right areas. See more here.

Cost Benefit

Cost benefit analysis and project evaluation

Using our robust evaluation framework, we complete economic assessments for a range of projects including major infrastructure, community facilities, tourism assets and mixed use development.

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Economic forecasts

Economic forecasts can highlight the scale of the negative impacts and the clear need for support to ensure your region can sustain the livelihood of businesses and residents in the medium term.

Meet the team

Our economics team is a unique combination of economic, demographic. spatial analysts, IT and data management specialists. We have a shared ambition to help support communities to develop their economies and improve on people’s quality of life.


Katrina Houghton

Client support

Ryan James

Client support

Rob Hall

Economic consultant

Keenan Jackson

Economic consultant

John Kim

Economic consultant

Ronald Haupt

Agile Coach

Our insights


What's driving change in your economy's competitive industries?

We are often asked by local governments and regional bodies how to understand the competitive and non-competitive industries of a region. In addition to using Location Quotients to understand the dominance of different industries, shift-share analysis can...

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Building the economic evidence base for economic development plans

In 2021, Rockhampton Regional Council embarked on a process of developing a new Economic Development Plan. As an early step in this process, the City was...

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Regional Victoria's Economic Recovery

In September 2021, Rob Hall presented at the Victorian Regional Growth Summit, summarising what the data tells us about the experience of different regional Victorian economies throughout the pandemic, and what we're expecting to see as that state starts to open up again.

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Get in touch

Need some help building the evidence base for your strategy or project? We're always keen to hear from local governments and related organisations.


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