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Telling the story of your community with
demographics
Community Planning and Development Short Course 2012
Lailani Burra...
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Example
www.id.com.au/profile/goldcoast
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Outline
• Why demographics?
• Your demographic tool kit
• Where to get demographic information
• The principles of good ...
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Why demographics?
• Facilitiating the development of happy
and sustainable communities
• What that means in practice wil...
support local business
empower community groups
advocate for your community
influence government
make evidence-based decis...
understand your working
population
economic profile5 economy
housing policy for sustainable
communities
housing capacity a...
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The most comprehensive source of
demographic data is the Census
Census data enables you to:
– tell the story of your pla...
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Converting data into knowledge
• Story telling
– What is our residential role and function?
• Appropriate geography
– Wh...
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People are predictable
Household life cycle
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Communities are groups of people
Suburb life cycle
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Examples
Melville City - Resource allocation
Bankstown City – Children’s services
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Converting data into knowledge
• Story telling
– What is our residential role and function?
• Appropriate geography
– W...
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Telling the story of your community with demographics

  1. 1. 1 Telling the story of your community with demographics Community Planning and Development Short Course 2012 Lailani Burra .
  2. 2. 2 Example www.id.com.au/profile/goldcoast
  3. 3. 3 Outline • Why demographics? • Your demographic tool kit • Where to get demographic information • The principles of good demographic analysis • Case study • Questions
  4. 4. 4 Why demographics? • Facilitiating the development of happy and sustainable communities • What that means in practice will be different for different types of places
  5. 5. support local business empower community groups advocate for your community influence government make evidence-based decisions understand your community informed decisions the community engage decision makers persuade your people inform Why demographics? .idinformed decisions
  6. 6. understand your working population economic profile5 economy housing policy for sustainable communities housing capacity and affordability analysis4 housing plan for the future population forecast3 forecast allocate your resources social atlas2 atlas understand your community community profile1 profile .idinformed decisions Demographic toolkit
  7. 7. 7 The most comprehensive source of demographic data is the Census Census data enables you to: – tell the story of your place – test your assumptions about your place – articulate your community’s unique characteristics – understand how your community is changing Census data is complex and requires considerable expertise to convert into knowledge about your place
  8. 8. 8 Converting data into knowledge • Story telling – What is our residential role and function? • Appropriate geography – Who are our communities of interest? • Benchmarking – How do we compare to our region? – How diverse are we? • Time series – How are we changing? – Is this change desirable?
  9. 9. 9 People are predictable Household life cycle
  10. 10. 10 Communities are groups of people Suburb life cycle
  11. 11. 11 Examples Melville City - Resource allocation Bankstown City – Children’s services
  12. 12. 12 Converting data into knowledge • Story telling – What is our residential role and function? • Appropriate geography – Who are our communities of interest? • Benchmarking – How do we compare to our region? – How diverse are we? • Time series – How are we changing? – Is this change desirable?

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