It’s hard to tell the story if you don’t know the lingo!
Whether this is your first visit to our pages or you’ve got us on your bookmarks bar, there’s a good chance you’ve come across a term, acronym or phrase on our pages that you’re not familiar with, so we’ve put together this glossary to help you fill the gaps.
Have we missed one?
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||The Australian Bureau of Statistics
||Estimated Resident Population – the official ABS estimate of the Australian population. While based on results from the Census, it is updated yearly and includes adjustments for Census undercounts and people overseas. Read more on our blog..
||Usually when we refer to geography, we’re talking about the different areas that contain a population. An LGA is an example of a commonly referenced Geography. Common Geographies we work with at .id are LGAs and SA2.
Geography can also refer to the specific boundaries of an area at a point in time. For example, the Geography of a suburb can change over time as boundaries change. We often note the importance of comparing identical geographies if you are investigating how a place has changed over time.
See also: Small area geography
||Local Government Area
|| The smallest statistical area (geography) used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics
|| The people who live in a given area
|Small Area Geography
||Small area geographies are what make our tools really powerful. They enable you to drill down and look at how population outcomes differ in each area so that you can deliver services to the right people in the right place. We manage all the historic boundary changes so that you can tell a story of how each area is changing over time without compromising the accuracy of your findings.
|| Where an SA1 needs to be ‘split’ because it straddles a boundary between two suburbs, districts, planning areas, wards, or LGAs, we go through a detailed process to estimate the population and characteristics of the area on each side. Using analysis of aerial and satellite photos, combined with our detailed knowledge of housing development data, we estimate the percentage of the population on either side of a boundary. Read more on our blog.
|| Socio-Economic Indexes For Areas – a five-yearly index of economic advantage and disadvantage produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Read more on our blog.
|SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4
|| Statistical Area standards used by the ABS. The graph we used on this blog about Statistical Areas shows the hierarchy of Statistical Areas well.
||Usual Resident Population