.id insight newsletter - April 2015


Social cohesion starts at the community level

The reason we are so passionate about ensuring the collection of census data continues in Australia and New Zealand is because there is no better alternative. Our concerns are that while there may be viable alternatives for obtaining data at the national, state and regional level, at the community level (suburbs, towns etc.), there is currently no better alternative.

All service providers - public, private and not-for-profit - work with communities and need the best available data to make informed decisions. At .id we understand the importance of accessing evidence with veracity at the small area level. One of the most powerful tools we have recently developed is what we call the ‘communities of interest’ module. This enables us to understand how sub-groups in local communities are faring. It provides an understanding of the characteristics of these groups within the context of the broader community. In Australia, during this period of rapid population change - driven in large part by immigration - there are concerns about housing affordability, disaffected youth, integration of migrant groups and ageing. Having evidence of the changing characteristics of sub-groups in need, is essential for us to collectively work towards a society that is socially cohesive.



Diverse communities

Case study

Profiling the characteristics of diverse communities - migrants in Port Phillip

Over a third of Port Phillip’s residents were born overseas and come from many different countries. What can we learn from profiling these communities? Port Phillip has a young population with many renters, and is now a very high income area. But the young affluence hides pockets of high disadvantage.

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 Queensland population trends

A word from our researchers

No longer the sunshine state? Recent population trends in Queensland

One of the more interesting demographic trends playing out in Australia in recent years is the slowing rate and volume of growth in Queensland. Throughout the 2000s, Queensland's population growth rate often exceeded 2% per annum and it was one of the fastest growing states in Australia. However since 2010 growth has slowed considerably.

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What's up with the economy

What do the 2013/2014 economic datasets tell us?

According to the new economic datasets from NIEIR (National Economics), Australia's total economic productivity (GDP) is just under $1.4 trillion in 2013/14, up from $1.36 trillion a year before. What else does this update tell us about the national and local economies?

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Population matters

Australia's population - still growing, but in different places

Greater Sydney has just topped 4.84 million, and is closing in on the 5 million mark, adding 84,200 people in the last year. Greater Melbourne is at 4.44 million, and added 95,700 people in the last year. So it's still growing faster than Sydney. What other interesting trends are there at the regional level?

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NZ focus

Analysing Christchurch’s post-earthquake population change

Christchurch city decreased in population by almost 7,000 residents between 2006 and 2013 following the earthquakes in 2011 and 2012. By comparison, in the period between 2001 and 2006, Christchurch gained 24,378 residents and was on a growth path up until the earthquakes. Where did the population go and what are the broader implications?

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Ebook: The Rise of Victoria - a new era of urban development 

Melbourne is growing up. For the first time in the city’s history, urban infill development is outpacing greenfield development on the city’s fringes. This is one of the key insights to emerge from the analysis presented in our latest eBook: The Rise of Victoria.

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Tips and tricks

How you can profile your unique migrant communities 

Migrant communities can be very different across regions and local government areas. The City of Fairfield, for example, has a relatively older Chinese community than the rest of greater Sydney. Understanding these communities can help you better plan services for your community.  

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Final word

Did air-conditioning get Ronald Reagan elected?

Here at .id we spend a lot of time talking and thinking about how places shape population and populations shape place. But there are often many other factors.

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