.id insight newsletter - March 2015


Let's join forces to save the 2016 Census

We are about to make a big mistake here in Australia (apologies to our New Zealand readers for devoting so much time to this issue). The Australian Bureau of Statistics has advised the Government to consider abandoning the 2016 Census.

Astonishingly, this is being considered at the same time that there are some important questions that need to be answered at this point in our social and economic history.

  • How do we undertake the economic transition from mining boom to knowledge economy?
  • How do we plan for and fund the infrastructure needed for that transition?
  • How do we fund education and re skilling of the workforce?
  • How do we provide excellent childcare?
  • How do we resolve housing affordability?
  • How do we address the ageing of the population?
  • Should we continue to receive large numbers of migrants?
  • How do we address issues of security and social cohesion within our communities?

It is a strange irony to acknowledge the need to transition to a 'knowledge' economy on the one hand, while proposing to abandon the singular most important evidence base that will enable us to get there. Please read on and help us save the 2016 Census





Save the 2016 Census

The 2016 Census is under threat. It is mooted that we should replace the five-yearly census with a much reduced ten-yearly version, supplemented with survey data in the interim years.

We believe there are serious implications to Australian communities as the census is key to informing policies, planning service delivery, allocating resources and much more.

If, like us, you think shifting the Census from a five to ten yearly cycle is a bad idea, let’s join forces to stop it. If you believe in planning at the local level for local communities, join with us to help save the 2016 Census.

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Seniors in community

Local focus

What are the characteristics of seniors living in your community?

If you're planning for services for the ageing community, it's critical to understand the specific characteristics of the seniors living in your community. How many are living with their children still at home? Are they downsizing into smaller housing types? What are their education levels and how many are from diverse cultural backgrounds?

Using the City of Knox as an example, we will illustrate how you can get information about the characteristics of the seniors living in your community. 

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 Economic modelling

What's up with the economy

What is the value of housing in your local economy?

Housing value is an important indicator of economic prosperity, and can give insight into issues faced in economic development, such as accommodating key workers, and the demand for residential construction. Many regional areas also use lower housing values as a marketing tool to attract workers and businesses to the area.

How can you measure the value of housing in your local economy?

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New Zealand demographics

NZ focus

If I ruled the world- the reality of population growth in NZ

Some in NZ are predicting that the population of Canterbury will grow to two million people in the near future. However, the 30-year forecast for Canterbury suggests population change of only between 0.2% and 1.4% per annum depending on whether you pick up the low, medium or high figures. Using the high projection, the regional population might be somewhere in the vicinity of 854,800 in 2043 - a far cry from two million.

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Australia population growth

Population matters

What is Australia's fastest growing inland town?

The largest inland town in Australia as of 2011 is not surprisingly Canberra. However, the rapid growth of Pakenham (VIC) in recent years puts the suburb at the top of the list for the fastest growing inland town. But geography is never straightforward and we are finding it increasingly difficult to compare between towns as boundaries may have changed over time, etc.

What is an inland town? How can we accurately understand inland towns and their demographic development?  

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.id headquaters


Lastest Victorian population forecasts launch 

Last Thursday we launched our latest population forecasts for Victoria at .id. Over 70 people attended the event (we had to shift a lot of furniture to fit everyone in) and we had an amazing evening with some guests staying until the pool table was brought back out. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to attend the launch. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we had.

If you missed the presentation and would like to speak with us about population forecasts for Victoria, email Sally Blandy or call us at +61 3 9417 2205.  

Crime rate in Victoria

Final word

Victorian crime statistics release - Is Victoria in the grip of a crime wave?

The news in Melbourne has been dominated by the shocking murder of Doncaster teenager Masa Vukotic. This tragic event has overshadowed the release of detailed data on crime in the state. For the first time, the new, independent Crime Statistics Agency has released data showing 4 years of trends for various crimes across the state, and in local areas.

How prevalent is crime in Victoria?

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