About

CovidBaseAU is a data website and twitter tracking COVID-19 in Australia. We have data from January 25 2020, when the first case of COVID was reported in Australia. We began sharing data to the public on this project on May 29, 2021.

Our site is designed to bring the majority of publically available COVID-19 data into one central source. We realise that COVID-19 data in Australia is reported very differently depending on the state and territory and finding data isn't always that straightforward. Our data is not official data and we cannot guarantee that every data point is 100% accurate, however we will always do our best and will provide detailed sources when asked.


Who are we?

CovidBaseAU is run by three close friends living in Melbourne. We are Jack, Wesley and Darcy.


How we started

Back in 2020, Jack began to track COVID data out of interest through Victoria's second wave. He struggled to find detailed data to understand what was going on and the context behind it. Over time, Jack built up a basic and manual excel spreadsheet, where he tracked the data for personal use. In around February 2021, the three of us decided we had the skills to take what Jack had been tracking at a basic level and take it to the next level. Since then, we’ve continued to grow and grow to what we are today.


The three of us

Jack

Jack had the original idea to start CovidBaseAU, after tracking data on a smaller scale through 2020. He manages our datasets through a number of spreadsheets, checking over everything to ensure accuracy. Jack is the person who decides what data we publish. Whether it be a new tweet, or a new table for the website. Jack is also the one who manages most of our social media.

Darcy

Darcy is the nerd of the group. He does all the coding and has written countless bots which have saved us hours of time. These include scraping the data from the images posted each day by different state governments on twitter, the daily vaccine pdfs and other government websites. Darcy then codes everything in the form of a twitter bot to post on social media or in tables onto our website, which update automatically when data is published.

Wesley

Wesley has a number of different jobs. To start with, he does all the annoying miscellaneous jobs which pop up almost every day. He does a lot of graphic design and art, making a number of graphics. Wesley also does a lot of work tracking COVID events, doing a lot of writing towards our timeline.


Contact:

If you would like to get in contact with us, feel free! We would love to hear your feedback and questions

This can be done via:
Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @covidbaseau


Support Us:

CovidBaseAU is a site made with the purpose of serving the community by providing a nationwide data source for COVID-19. Your support would mean a lot. We spend a lot of our time to do something to make the community more informed.

If you would like to support us this can be done via:

Patreon: Become a Patron!
Buy Me A Coffee:


Acknowledgments:

We would like to acknowledge the founder of Covidlive Anthony Macali. His work has been a real inspiration to us and we have collaborated with him in a number of different ways with him. He has also been a great source of support as someone to chat to in the COVID field.

We would also like to acknowledge that some recent vaccine data uses a local version of some javascript code written by Ken Tsang to assist with pdf data extraction.


Data:

The data seen on CovidBaseAU is in depth and sourced from a variety of places and are free for everyone to use. You can view past data by clicking on the expand icon in the top left corner of any table, here you will also have the option to download that dataset as a csv.


Sources:

Our Data Comes from a range of different sources, these include:

National: Dashboard
Twitter
Vaccine Data Sources to August 3
Vaccine PDF
New South Wales: Dashboard
Media Releases 2021, Media Releases 2020
Twitter
Numbers
Source of Infection Dataset, Testing Dataset
Victoria: Dashboard
Media Releases
Twitter
Cases, Additional Data
Source of Infection Dataset
Vaccine Data
Queensland: Dashboard
Media Releases
Twitter, Premier Twitter
Western Australia: Dashboard
Media Releases
Premier Facebook
Vaccine Data Dashboard
South Australia: Dashboard
Media Releases
Twitter
Cases
Tasmania: Dashboard
Media Releases
Facebook
ACT: Dashboard
Media Releases
Twitter
Numbers
Northern Territory: Dashboard
Additional Resources: Health Resources
Health Media
Health Minister Media
PM Media
Hansards
Therapeutic Goods Administration
New Zealand
Epidemiology Reports
Other Recommended Sources: Covidlive - Australia Data
Covid19data.com.au - Australian Data
Our World In Data - Global Data
Covid19nearme - Australian Data