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November 2018 Edition

The daily grind of problem-solving

I love the enthusiasm of young graduates entering the workplace. “I’m a strategic planner and policy strategist”, they’ll exclaim, thinking that their daily work will be surging forward, implementing their ideas and having an impact.

At risk of curbing their enthusiasm, I’ll sheepishly explain how much of our daily work is solving problems that you wish weren’t there. The fact is, problem-solving is an essential part of doing something that has an impact.

What proportion of our working day do we spend solving problems? I’m sure someone has done the research, so you can look it up, but it certainly feels like a lot. The role of problem-solving, even when we’re progressing rapidly with a strategic piece of work is always significant. I wonder what seemingly endless problem solving does to the professional mind and spirit though, but it’s our job, right?

The most urgent problems to solve often emerge from client feedback. .id regularly receives excellent feedback from our clients, both positive and negative.

But wait, is there such a thing as negative feedback?

Not really. The so-called ‘negative’ stuff gives us the opportunity to improve what we do and progress. However, there’s nothing like receiving positive feedback to keep the spirits up and reassure us that we are having an influence. After all, having an influence is why we do what we do.

Here’s a nice example that recently put some wind into our sails:

I hope this finds you well. I just wanted to give you a quick update on some news today about the Wide Bay project. I used economy.id to assist with the Grant EOI. The proponent has announced they’ve been selected to do a detailed business case for a $28.5mil grant to contribute to a circa $60mil capex.

The EOI would not have been as compelling without access to this economic impact data, so thanks again to .id and your team for all your support!

Author Ivan

School planning

Is your school feeling the pressure?



Sally explains how a 2008 ‘fertility peak’ in Australia is impacting our secondary schools a decade later and shares a free resource to help schools estimate the impact of future demographic change on their catchment.


Demographic trends

Do older people drive older cars?

Do old people drive older cars?


Jim combines data from our community profiles and the ABS motor vehicle census to explore if there is a link between average population age and average vehicle age in each state, and if that link is causational, or just an interesting coincidence.



Are falling house prices a good thing?

Growth area planning


Peter Mares is a highly regarded journalist and broadcaster who has worked with .id previously when we have prepared housing studies for the Victorian Cities of Moreland and Moonee Valley.

In this piece, Peter shares a perspective from his new book, No place like home, that falling housing prices may not be all bad news.


Local economies

Measuring disengagement in your community

Submit your questions for the 2021 Census


Disengagement from the labour force and education is an important concept in social planning, and understanding the needs of disadvantaged communities.

In this blog, Glenn introduces our new Disengagement dataset, now available in all community profiles, to show which age-groups in your community are not currently ‘earning or learning’.


Australian Census

How same-sex couples are captured in the Census

How same-sex couples are captured in the Census


The 2017 Marriage Law Postal Survey paved the way for the historic law allowing same-sex couples to marry in Australia. Since December 10th, 2017 when the law was passed, over 2,500 same-sex marriages have been registered in Australia.

But did you know that the Census has recognised same-sex relationships for much longer? 


Final word

Innovation in our Councils



Recently, Whanganui won international recognition as the world’s top Intelligent Smaller Community (with the Australian City of Armidale also placing in the top ten).

Whanganui’s situation mirrors many, if not most councils, throughout New Zealand and Australia, yet the community is finding ways to graft new opportunities by actively adapting to the digital economy.

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