Early insights from the second-release Census data

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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  1. Joe Lane says:

    Indigenous Census data is a bit confusing: population growth since the 2011 Census, about 101,000, was more than double the natural increase (births – deaths). So obviously re-identification (or, some suggest, identification) made up perhaps 12 % of the 21 % growth. As well, yesterday’s release of post-school qualification data suggests that total Indigenous graduate numbers rose from about 29,000 in 2011 to nearly 49,000 in 2016, a rise of around 60 %. Building in that ID factor, this is quite feasible, but it does make predictions and even analysis that much more difficult. In many ways, graduate numbers is a surrogate for social mobility, and I suspect that, in the case of Indigenous graduates, it is very much an urban phenomenon, with university participation of rural and remote populations possibly declining. If this is so, then the Indigenous population is rapidly fragmenting into a working-educated-urban population, and welfare-oriented rural and remote populations. Currently, it seems as if about one in five urban adults is a graduate, one in twenty rural adults, and one or two in a thousand remote adults. Two-thirds are women. And, by the way, inter-marriage of urban working people would be around 90 %.

  2. Anton Millidge says:

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    I note Albany WA has established itself, the other city I’m interested in down those parts, so unsure the reasoning for Bunbury as yet not done so, to enable comparison as to which place would be most appropriate as a retirement location.

  3. George says:

    Thanks. id makes census data usable.

    It’s worth noting (as these are often conflated) that “trips to work” is not equivalent to “total trips”, which includes a much greater set of transport uses. I wonder if a study like HILDA would be better for measuring transport dynamics.

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