Develop a Systematic Approach to Reporting Social and Economic Data to Improve the Liveability and Sustainability Outcomes of Australian Communities

Location: Brisbane, QLD

Duration: 3 months

Proposed start date: July 2019

Project Background

The objective of the project is to be able to develop a range of evidence-based, prioritised social and economic initiatives that will improve the liveability and sustainability of any given Australian community.

Publicly available social and economic information will be sourced and compiled so that reports can be generated to show outcomes, trends and comparisons across geographic areas. An assessment of available data will also need to consider and incorporate variables, e.g. natural attributes of the location or private sector investment in the region, that will support the reported outcomes.

Research to be Conducted

The research project will involve:

  • Project scoping:

Compose a brief scoping document to demonstrate an understanding of project requirements and timing for project deliverables.

  • Background research:

Compile a list of all available and relevant data sources that are frequently updated to ensure currency. These sources will include but not be limited to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, output from Government Statistician offices, digital publications from various State and Commonwealth Government departments, the local authority and various private sector organisations including not for profits.

  • IT Software:

Research and recommend the most appropriate (best value for money) software to review data which is to be regularly updated automatically. The software program will also need to be capable of using the data to produce automated, professional, well presented and easily understood analysis and comparison reports using graphical representations wherever possible.

  • Implementation:

Subsequent to MJS Advisory Pty Ltd purchasing the software, tailor it for the project’s purposes, commence the input of data and prepare trial reports.

Based on the trail reports and in consultation with MJS Advisory, review the software, data acquisition and analysis and reporting process.

  • Evaluation

Prepare brief evaluation report on the internship.

Skills Required

We are looking for a PhD student with the following:


  • Excellent research skills together with the ability to apply the research
  • Excellent IT skills with the ability to objectively assess and compare fit for purpose, value for money proprietary software. The ability to tailor the software to:
    • Routinely and automatically update the data once the data output organisation has provided its latest revision.
    • Prepare standard output reports.
  • An understanding of the importance of social and economic initiatives that improve the liveability of a community or region.


  • The capability to determine social and economic infrastructure capacity constraints to growth and liveability.
  • The capability to apply knowledge of global megatrends, emerging industries and higher paying knowledge jobs of the future to a given region in Australia.

Expected Outcomes

Upon completion of this internship, MJS Advisory aims to integrate this reporting system into its new consulting service offering that will assist Australian communities to steadily improve their quality of life through better social and economic outcomes.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 80% of their time on-site with the industry partner.  The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

Applications Close

 3 July 2019


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