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August 2016

Population forecasting - more than just numbers

There is a fascinating relationship between demographic and economic change and the role that housing and infrastructure plays in our lives. The discipline of demographic forecasting brings these things together and gives profound insights into our cities, towns and regions, providing ‘community builders’ with the ability to make informed decisions for their businesses. 

In undertaking forecasts across Australia and New Zealand, we are increasingly finding that it's not only local governments making important locational decisions, but other community builders such as banks, retailers, health and aged care providers, schools, retailers, not-for-profits, utilities and developers. These spatially oriented organisations are not only interested in the forecast numbers - importantly, they need to understand the stories about places that underlie the forecasts.

At our recent launch of Small Area Forecast information (.id SAFi) for New South Wales, there were a variety of professionals in attendance from across these sectors. We were pleased to present our updated forecasts and accompanying insights to a highly engaged forum, and what a buzz that evening was!

I wondered how we can keep the engagement going. How can we continue to gather these community builders to share knowledge and insights? In an effort to keep the momentum going and share the insights we've uncovered through our NSW forecasts, .id is developing a new eBook. You can pre-register to receive a copy of the eBook The return of the premier state.


Author Ivan

Census update

What happens now? The latest on the Census



Census day may have come and gone but that doesn't mean the Census is over. So what happens now? We thought it would be helpful to provide an update on what we know has happened so far and what’s next for the Census.

Perspective on Census

What the Census means for demographers, planners and me



As population forecasters, we use Census data on a daily basis to inform our work and provide our clients with the evidence base upon which to make planning decisions. So what do the results of the Census tell us? And how can it help local governments and organisations make informed decisions?


.id Community

Improved search functionality



To help users find information more easily within .id's online tools, we have enhanced the new search functionality with the ability to search for a place or topic across all local government areas. You can now use the new search function in profile.id, economy.id and forecast.id.


Inside .id

NSW: The return of the premier state?



The .id forecasting team recently completed its Small Area Forecast information .id SAFi for the state of New South Wales. The information reveals an interesting story about how the state's population will grow and change into the future. To help understand and contextualise this change, .id are putting together an eBook which encapsulates the key insights from these forecasts. 

As a monthly newsletter subscriber, you can now pre-register to receive the eBook, The return of the premier state.


Final word

5 things we would miss out on without the Census



With all the publicity around the failings of the 2016 Census, we thought it is worth pausing to remember some of the good things the Census provides for us all. It’s easy to get lost in the hassle of filling out the form and arguments about whether there was a #CensusFail or not, but why do we have a Census at all?


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