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1345.4 - SA Stats, Oct 2006  
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NATIONAL REGIONAL PROFILE - NEW RELEASE, NEW FEATURES

The latest version of the National Regional Profile (NRP) was released on 21 September 2006 to the ABS website.

People and organisations who need a snapshot of their local region now have access to more information at the click of a button. Information is available for Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas, Statistical Subdivisions, Statistical Divisions, States/Territories and Australia.

The NRP is an easy to use self-help facility that allows users to find their desired region from a map or pick-list and then view or download information for that region. The NRP was developed in response to requests for more accessible information about regions and was first released in 2004.

There are a number of changes in the new NRP release that significantly enhance content and functionality for users, including choices of summary or more detailed data, and the expansion of the data being made available.

New features: The NRP now caters for users who want a brief snapshot of their region, those who want more detailed regional data, and those who want to compare regions. There are now:

  1. Summary web pages for regions - four web pages of data available under the topic headings of Economy, Population/People, Industry and Environment/Energy. (This is a new feature). Users will be able to view one region at a time with this feature.
  2. Excel spreadsheets for regions under the Detail tab - more detailed data, including all the data in the Summary pages plus other state/territory data where it is available. Users will be able to view or download one region at a time with this feature.
  3. SuperTABLE data cubes - these contain the same information as in the Excel spreadsheets, but for many regions. These data cubes will be in a separate set of pages linked to the Summary page of all regions. (This a new feature). Data cubes will allow users to view/download data for many regions. For example, there will be a SuperTABLE data cube containing Local Government Areas in Australia with all the data items that can be compared across all regions. Users will be able to view or extract data for any number of regions for analysis.
  4. ABS consultancy services are also available to provide your data needs. There is a cost associated with this service. If you are interested in this service please contact Lina Hughes on ph: (08) 8237 7383 or alternatively e-mail lina.hughes@abs.gov.au.
New content: The NRP now includes:
  • Local Government Finance
  • Indigenous population estimates
  • Some 2001 Census data
- persons born overseas
- persons speaking a language other than English
- qualifications
- occupation
- families
- households

A link to all data available in NRP.


HOW TO SELECT A REGION OF INTEREST

The National Regional Profile can be accessed from the 'Regional Statistics' links on the ABS home page. Users can select a region by name or drill-down to the area they want using maps.


Image 1: Regional Statistics link on the ABS home page


Once you have selected 'Main Areas - by Name', select a region of interest from the lists - eg select 'Australia'.


Image 2: Latest NRP by Location Name (Main Areas)

This will take you to a set of web pages for your region of interest. On the Summary tab, follow links to find data under the topics 'Economy', Population/People', 'Industry' and 'Environment/Energy'. In the Details tab, there is a more detailed Excel spreadsheet for your region of interest.


HOW TO COMPARE REGIONS OF INTEREST USING SUPERTABLE

This latest release of the National Regional Profile allows users to view/download data for many regions using SuperTABLE. SuperTABLE is a powerful software used for manipulating multidimensional ABS datasets (data cubes). SuperTABLE Software is used to create tables that can be easily converted to Excel format. As the ABS is progressively releasing more data in SuperTABLE format, users of data cubes will need to be familiar with SuperTABLE. Below are some examples of the types of analyses that can be undertaken followed by a demonstration on how to generate the data using SuperTABLE.

Alternatively, the ABS can generate this information for you for a fee for service. If you are interested in this service please contact Lina Hughes on ph: (08) 8237 7383 or alternatively e-mail lina.hughes@abs.gov.au.


SAMPLE ANALYSIS

The following are examples of the types of analyses and regional comparisons that can be undertaken using data derived from the National Regional Profile. The first two graphs compare property sales and values for Playford (C) and Salisbury (C) with South Australia. The third graph compares the age structure of Salisbury (C) with South Australia and the fourth graph presents the changing age structure of Salisbury (C) from 2000 to 2004.

In the following analysis changes in Property Sales for Playford (C), Salisbury (C) and South Australia between 2001 and 2004 are compared. Between 2001 and 2004, the average value of residential sales in Playford (C) and Salisbury (C) have remained below the South Australian average. However, in terms of growth rates over this period, the average value of residential sales have increased by 76% for Playford (C), 91% for Salisbury (C) and 68% for South Australia.

PROPERTY SALES (year ended June),
Average value of residential sales
Graph 1: Property Sales (year ended June), Average Value of Residential Sales
Source: ABS, 1379.0.55.002 SA - Other Local Government Area Data, NRP, Data Cubes, 2000 to 2004


In the following analysis changes in the average capital valuation of residential properties in Playford (C), Salisbury (C) and South Australia regions are compared. Property valuations are determined by the Land Services Group within the South Australian Government. Between 2001 and 2004, the average capital value of residential properties have increased by 107% for Playford (C), 100% for Salisbury (C) and 88% for South Australia.

Whilst the average capital value of residential properties have increased by a greater proportion than the average value of residential sales, the average capital value remains below the average sales value in all three series.

PROPERTY VALUATIONS (year ended June),
Average capital value of residential properties
Graph 2: Property Valuations (year ended June), Average capital value of residential properties
Source: ABS, 1379.0.55.002 SA - Other Local Government Area Data, NRP Data Cubes, 2000 to 2004


The following graph compares the age structure of the population of Salisbury (C) and South Australia in 2004. Compared to South Australia, Salisbury (C) has proportionally more persons in the younger age groups than older age groups.



The following graph compares the 2000 and 2004 age structure of Salisbury (C). In 2004 there were proportionally fewer persons in the younger 0-40 age groups than in 2000.



WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO DO THIS YOURSELF

To do this yourself you will need to open and use SuperTABLE datasets. Download and install the free SuperTABLE software on your PC by using the following link SuperTABLE. This website also offers an online tutorial SuperTABLE tutorials.

For this demonstration, data from Local Government Areas; Playford (C) and Salisbury (C) will be compared.

Once Australia has been selected, the following screen will appear. Select 'Compare Regions' (on the sidebar).


Image 3: NRP: Australia, Compare Regions

The following screen will appear. To find the SuperTABLE cubes, select the link National Regional Profile: Regional Comparison.


Image 4: NRP: Australia, National Regional Profile: Regional Comparison


Select the 'Details' tab and then download the relevant files by clicking on the 'Download Now' link. There are 12 data cubes, four of which contain data for South Australia:
  • AUSTRALIA-ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS (All LGAs in Australia, all data that can be compared across all LGAs)
  • AUSTRALIA-ALL STATISTICAL LOCAL AREAS (All LGAs in Australia, all data that can be compared across all LGAs)
  • SA OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA DATA (All LGAs in South Australia, additional data available for SA only)
  • SA OTHER DATA FOR SLAS (All SLAs in South Australia, additional data available for SA only)

For this example the data cube - 1379.0.55.002 AUSTRALIA- ALL LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS has been selected.


Image 5: NRP - Data Cubes, 2000 to 2004, Download 1379.0.55.002 Australia - All Local Government Areas data cube


The following screen will appear. Use the Fields box to customise your comparison. If you do not get the following screen you will need to download and install the free SuperTABLE software on your PC by using the following link SuperTABLE.


Image 6: NRP data extracted from SuperTABLE

To tailor the data using the 'Fields' dialogue box to satisfy your information needs:
  1. Drag at least one field from the 'Fields' dialogue box into each quadrant of the matrix.
  2. Move the fields around to change the appearance of the table.

To build a table with a shorter time series:
  1. Drag the time period field back into the 'Fields' dialogue box.
  2. Select recode and from the Define Recode dialogue box, select a series of dates in the Field Values list on the left. To get the results shown below, users will need to select 2003 and 2004, and select Playford and Salisbury by recoding the 'ASGC 2004 LGA' field.
  3. Transfer the selected values to the Recode Values list box by clicking on the button marked 'Singly'. Click OK.
  4. Drag the time period label from the Fields dialogue box back into the matrix.

The table you have created may be saved in a variety of file formats using File > Save As.

[to get the results shown below, users will need to do a few more things - eg in 2, select 2003 and 2004; so the same to select Playford and Salisbury by recoding the 'ASGC 2004 LGA' field].


SAMPLE OUTPUT

The following output is a sample of the type of Regional Comparisons that can be generated using SuperTABLE.

Image 7: NRP data, Sample Output, Playford (C), Salisbury (C) and SA
Source: ABS, 1379.0.55.002 Australia - All Local Government Areas, NRP, Data Cubes, 2000 to 2004


FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information about the National Regional Profile please contact Andrea Woods by phone on (08) 8237 7350 or by email andrea.woods@abs.gov.au.

For further information about using SuperTABLE, please see Links to SuperTABLE Resources on the ABS website.

The ABS can generate this information for you for a fee for service. If you are interested in this service please contact Lina Hughes on ph: (08) 8237 7383 or alternatively e-mail lina.hughes@abs.gov.au.


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