.id insight newsletter - January 2015


Vale Graeme Hugo

As an undergraduate geography student at The Flinders University of South Australia in the early 1980s, I was taught 'Techniques in Geography' by Graeme Hugo. I also sat through many lectures by him through to my Honours year. There are two things that I reflect on when learning of Graeme's recent death. Firstly, he introduced his students to the need for rigorous evidence-based research in order to be credible; and secondly, he always incorporated a reminder of the need to be compassionate in order to be human. These things were inspiring to this young student at that time, and are evident right to the end in Graeme's work on refugee migration in Australia. His rigorous research provided clear evidence of the benefits to our society of a generous Australian refugee migration programme while reminding us that a compassionate society is a civilised society. Graeme's legacy lives through the large number of students he inspired over the years and turned on to the power of using demographic techniques to better understand the world (see Simone's recent blog on using Census migration data). Our society needs thought leaders like Graeme Hugo to provide us with compassionate evidence-based narratives to help our political leaders make better decisions. I wish our political leaders listened more to people like Graeme Hugo.

Thank you Graeme.



Perth metropolitan reform

Local focus

Perth Metropolitan LGA reform - demographic data for the new boundaries

In October 2014, the State Government of Western Australia announced final reformed boundaries for metropolitan Perth (with a couple of exceptions) which will be implemented on July 1st this year.

However, past demographic and Census information were based on previous boundaries and will not be valid to councils when these new boundaries are implemented. How can local governments use existing resources to help them in future service planning? 

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A word from our researchers

Census migration data - the how and how not

Small area migration data provides an excellent indication of many demographic trends occurring in Australia such as the regeneration of suburbs. However, using Census migration data can be tricky due to the way it is collected and consolidated. 

How can we effectively use this rich pool of information while recognising its pitfalls?  

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population density

Population matters

Australian Population Grid - a new view of population density

The ABS has a habit of releasing interesting things just before Christmas. In 2014, they released a brand new view of Australian population density, enabling mapping which shows our population distribution in better detail than ever before. 

How does the Australian Population Grid improve our visual understanding of density?

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NZ focus

Larger houses for smaller households

The New Zealand average household size has been close to static over the last three censuses while in that time the proportion of large houses has increased from 25.3% to 29.2%.  

Is NZ moving towards the trend of building bigger houses for small households?

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Tips and tricks

How can you get specific forecast information?

How can you accurately plan services for the future?

forecast.id enables you to understand how your area's population will change in the next 20 years. Using the toolbar, you will be able to retrieve specific forecast information to help you plan services for your area in future. 

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health services

Final word

Health services in rural Australia

Many rural areas of Australia have been experiencing a decline in population. This is not a new phenomenon, some areas have been declining since the late 19th – early 20th century. What has put a twist on this phenomenon however, is the ageing of our population.

How will this decline in population affect and change current health services provided in rural Australia?

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