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Advantage and disadvantage across Australia: SEIFA 2021

Where are the most advantaged and disadvantaged areas in Australia? Census expert Glenn Capuano explains the SEIFA indexes and explores the results of the recently released 2021 update.

Is renting in Australia broken?
By Daniel Corbett / 28 Apr, 2023

At a time when more people are renting for longer, the rental market is facing a series of challenges. Rental affordability and availability is decreasing for those most in need, while the rental experience...

Has Melbourne overtaken Sydney to become Australia’s largest city?

Has Melbourne’s population really overtaken Sydney’s? With the latest Regional Population dataset from the ABS just out, Glenn digs into the detail behind the headlines. Hint: it’s all about how you define a...

Regional population growing at the same rate as capital cities

A new data release from the ABS gives us insight into how population is changing in small areas across Australia. This post includes an interactive map of population growth and decline for all local government...

What are the long-term drivers of Australian house prices?
By Daniel Corbett / 12 Apr, 2023

Daniel summarises the whitepaper What drives Australian house prices over the long term?, which takes an interesting long-term view on the economics of house prices including the combination of our demographic...

Rate of homelessness falls during the pandemic, but not everywhere

Newly released Census 2021 data shows the overall rate of homelessness in Australia has fallen since 2016. But this is by no means the end of the story; as is always the case with these sorts of trends, the...

Have your say on the topics included in the 2026 Census

The Census never sleeps. While there is still some information yet to be released from the 2021 Census, the ABS is already well under way preparing for the next Census in 2026, including taking submissions on...

How making good decisions begins by “measuring what matters”
By Ivan - The Founder / 14 Mar, 2023

“Being a good (decision maker) begins with having the right information and mental models for how the world works” (Jim Chalmers, 2023) In his recent essay, the Treasurer of Australia Jim Chalmers has met the...

Living in Parramatta - key insights for policymakers webinar
By Dan Evans / 06 Mar, 2023

The City of Parramatta – home to Burramattagal people – is a dynamic and diverse middle suburban area of Western Sydney. Home to around 260,000 residents, the City’s relatively young population is forecast to...

Interactive chart: new data brings new opportunities for gender equity analysis

Last year I wrote a blog about gender equity and its significance in local government. It was a popular publication that generated significant interest, eliciting engaging discussions with community planners...

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...

Australia’s most educated areas

Where are the most educated areas in Australia? We list the top 30 “Braniac areas”…the local government areas that boast the highest percentage of tertiary educated residents in Australia… In this article, we...

Australia’s strong population growth returns in 2022

Population statistics to June 2022 give clear signals of how Australia’s population growth is changing following the end of pandemic-related border closures. Demographer Glenn Capuano breaks down the latest...

Where have jobs been growing, or declining?

The 2021 Census provides place of work estimates for small areas across Australia. This data can be highly useful in understanding the structure and change of key employment precincts in your LGA.

Australia's birth rate increases for the first time in 10 years

The birth rate for Australia has increased for the first time in nearly a decade. Glenn unpacks the history of Australia’s declining birth rate, how this new data affects that story, and the role COVID-19...

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?

Who was working from home on Census day 2021?

The COVID-19 pandemic undoubtedly accelerated a transition to working from home. What does the Census tell us about this trend? How did lockdowns and work-from-home rules and recommendations affect the data and...

2021 Census – second release data out now

The ABS have released their second tranche of data from the 2021 Census. Glenn walks us through what’s in the second-release datasets, and the national stories they tell us.

Understanding Wyndham – The Role of ‘Good Job Prospects’
By Dan Evans / 12 Oct, 2022

Recently Dan was invited to speak at a City of Wyndham jobs summit. This blog draws from Dan’s presentation (embedded below) and talks through who lives in Wyndham, how the City is growing and changing, and the...

What is shaping population growth in regional Queensland?
By Kieran McConnell / 29 Sep, 2022

Regional Queensland’s growth in family age groups is outpacing the rest of regional Australia and is predominantly driven by Queensland’s major regional cities.

Australia’s population growth bounces back in March 2022 quarter

The latest quarterly update for Australia’s population shows the impact of re-opening national borders, and includes some minor adjustments to previous revised figures. Demographic expert Glenn Capuano analyses...

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