Bushfires and the Australian demographic landscape

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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  1. Glenn, really interesting data and analysis. As an advocate for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the energy market I would be really interested in how language factored into the data in addition to age. Communication in the stress zone of major events such as the recent bushfires is critical but our research doesn’t give me great confidence that emergency response processes understand that about a quarter of NSW and Victorian populations speak a language other than English at home. Very different communications needs and processes needed. Love to have a chat if that’s possible

    • Hi Iain,

      Thanks for the comment – interestingly, most of those fire prone “bush suburbs” have quite low levels of non-English speaking background population. While it’s higher in some outer metropolitan areas than in rural areas, it’s still low compared to the state average. Certainly there are always some households households for which communication will still be difficult, but moving to live surrounded by bush seems to be largely an Australian-born, English-speaking phenomenon at present. Eg. total Language other than English in some of those fire prone areas – East Gippsland 3.5%, Yarra Ranges 7.1%, Blue Mountains 6.0%, Kalamunda 11.3% – but even within those areas you’ll find the language diversity more in the urbanised parts rather than the semi-rural bush suburbs. There are far greater populations of Non-English speakers in higher density housing, particularly in parts of Sydney – so it strikes me that there may be more of an issue in an emergency building fire than a bushfire.

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