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Local realities for the national economic outlook

By Rob Hall / 05 Jun, 2024

The federal government recently shared their view of the national economic outlook for the next financial year. This broad picture of the expected economic conditions is a critical driver of government spending. The national economic...

Spotlight on Greater Melbourne - Economic Insights and Outlook
By Rob Hall / 18 Sep, 2023

On the 5th of September 2023, more than 130 local and state government professionals participated in the Spotlight on Greater Melbourne Economy webinar where we highlighted key findings from the 2023 State of...

Early insights from 2023 NIEIR State of the Regions dataset
By Rob Hall / 08 May, 2023

.id recently published the 2023 NIEIR State of the Regions (SOR) dataset. This dataset is the country’s only economic and employment dataset that provides annual economic and employment information at the LGA...

Missing millions – the problem with using Census data for employment estimates
By Rob Hall / 17 Jan, 2023

Recently, I have been asked a lot about why ABS Census employment estimates are different to other sources like the ABS Labour Force and NIEIR’s LGA employment estimates. In this blog, I thought i’d share some...

Are there enough local jobs for your residents?
By Rob Hall / 26 Oct, 2022

Of the people who live in your area, how many work locally? Are there enough local jobs for your residents? Do local jobs meet the needs of your residents?

Keynote presentation – Economic and Demographic Disruption
By Rob Hall / 08 Sep, 2022

Urban economist, Rob Hall has drawn on .id’s Economic Health Check reports to deliver a keynote presentation at the recent LGAQ conference.

State of Regions Dataset shows jobs below pre-pandemic level in over half of LGAs
By Rob Hall / 25 Feb, 2022

During February, .id (informed decisions) released the State of the Regions Dataset for 2021. This national dataset, released annually, provides economic and employment data for EVERY Local Government Authority...

Regions vulnerable to the end of jobkeeper
By Rob Hall / 11 May, 2021

Australia continues to recover strongly from the impact of COVID-19 but the recovery phase varies from region to region. In this update, Rob identifies regions that may be vulnerable to the end of JobKeeper.

Quarterly Economic Data shows the impact of COVID-19 on local jobs
By Rob Hall / 28 Apr, 2021

Australia’s economy continues to recover strongly from the impact of COVID-19, but as this blog shows, the job impacts of COVID-19 varies from region to region. In this update, Rob identifies the Local...

Themes emerging from our COVID-19 economic analysis
By Rob Hall / 26 Jun, 2020

With our economic outlook for local economies now online, Rob Hall shares some common themes we’re noticing as we work with councils to develop their local response to Covid-19. Rob looks at the...

Webinar recap: the regional economic impacts of COVID-19
By Rob Hall / 20 Apr, 2020

Our economics team have been working with NIEIR to model the impacts of COVID-19 on local and regional economies across Australia. In this blog, Rob Hall recaps yesterday’s webinar where he shared the early...

The impact of skills shortages on local economic development
By Rob Hall / 23 Dec, 2019

In 2019, there were a few challenges that we repeatedly saw local councils grappling with as an impediment to economic development in their area. This is the first in a four-part series where our economics team...

Resources to help you prepare a competitive BBRF grant application
By Rob Hall / 14 Nov, 2019

The federal government has just opened round four of the Building Better Regions Fund. $200 million of funding is now available and is aimed at helping drought-affected communities.

Monitoring the health of local economies
By Rob Hall / 09 Oct, 2019

In the lead up to the release of 2018/19 NIEIR Data on, Rob Hall looks at the implications of the current economic environment and recent Reserve Bank decisions for local and regional economies. If...

The impact of falling house prices on local economies
By Rob Hall / 26 Feb, 2019

The recent dip in house prices has implications for local economic development, particularly in our largest cities, says .id’s Senior Urban Economist, Rob Hall.

Are you basing economic development decisions on false news?
By Rob Hall / 13 Nov, 2018

More than two years after the ABS made a significant change to the way they collect and calculate employment data, we’re still hearing confusion about this dataset from the sector. In the case of one council,...

Is it time to review growth area planning?
By Rob Hall / 01 Aug, 2018

Recently, our Housing and Economics team uncovered some surprising trends in household sizes in some growth areas – trends that have important implications for planning, infrastructure and service delivery in...

5 headline stories from the latest economic data
By Rob Hall / 23 May, 2017

As we wait for demographic information from the 2016 Australian Census, we thought we’d take the opportunity to update you on some of the latest spatial economic trends across Australia now that our economic...

The importance of demographics in driving tourism and visitation
By Rob Hall / 09 Feb, 2017

Last year .id was engaged by Blacktown City Council to analyse tourism and visitation trends in Blacktown. Yes, you read correctly, tourism in Blacktown… Let’s take a look at how a council’s demographic...

Western Sydney – The relationship between population and employment projections
By Rob Hall / 07 Jun, 2016

The Western Sydney University engaged .id to develop small area population, labour force and employment projections for the Greater Western Sydney region. These projections were required to understand the...

Case study: What is your economic story?
By Rob Hall / 03 Feb, 2016

At .id, we emphasise the importance of storytelling and narratives: What are the demographic and economic stories for your local community? We are often approached by our clients for a specific figure or data....

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