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REGIONAL DATA AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
WYNDHAM LGA - An example
The LGA of Wyndham in Victoria is used here to showcase some of the information available in the NRP. Covering an area of 541.8 km2, Wyndham LGA is on the south west fringes of Melbourne, and partly bordered by the coastline of Port Phillip Bay.
Image taken from the National Regional Profile
In the twelve months to 2009-10, Wyndham's population grew by 12,694 (8.8%) to a total of 156,573 persons. This increase was more than five times the rate of Australia’s population growth for the same period.
The most prominent age group in Wyndham was 0 - 14 years, comprising 24.1% of the region’s total population in 2009-10.
Wyndham's Average Wage and Salary income in 2008-09 was $46,318 - higher than the corresponding Victorian level ($45,246).
In 2008-09, 27.0% of Wyndham's Wage and salary earners were aged 25 years to 34 years. In occupation terms, the largest proportion (19.4%) of all Wage and salary earners were 'Clerical and Administrative workers', followed by ‘Professionals’ (15.5%), and ‘Tradespersons and Related workers’ (12.4%).
In 2009-10, the number of new private sector houses approved in Wyndham was 5,262, an increase of 1,768 (50.60%) from 2008-09.
Wyndham had an area of 3,000 ha irrigated in 2005-06, which is 7.1% of all agricultural land in the area. The total water use for farms in Wyndham in 2005-06 was 9,925 ML, or 0.4% of all water used on Victorian farms in that year.
TRANSITION TO THE ASGS
Future editions of the NRP will incorporate the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The ASGS was developed following a review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) that commenced in 2006 and involved consultation with a broad range of stakeholders. The ASGS has been designed to better meet the statistical needs of users and to address some of the shortcomings of the ASGC. The March 2011 issue of this newsletter included an article 'Australian Statistical Geography Standard' containing more information about the change to ASGS.
Profiles for Local Government Areas will continue to be produced in future NRP editions (next release 2013). The table below outlines how boundaries will be affected under the ASGS structure.
Further information regarding how Local Government Areas fit within the new structure, can be accessed from the left hand side of the page under the heading ‘ASGS Fact Sheets’ on the ABS Geography portal http://www.abs.gov.au/Geography.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT - Give us your suggestions
The ABS is continually refining the NRP, seeking new, valuable data sets that could be added. If you know of 'untapped' local government datasets that may be available across all jurisdictions, please forward your suggestions to our data development team, for further investigation. Similarly you may have ideas on how to make the NRP interface more user friendly. Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FINDING THE NRP ON THE ABS WEBSITE
For more information, refer to the National Regional Profile 2006-2010 (cat. no. 1379.0.55.001), which can be accessed on the ABS home page from the left hand side of the page under the heading 'Regional Statistics'.
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