Australian Bureau of Statistics
1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, 2012
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REGIONAL POPULATION ESTIMATES
For further information see paragraphs 59-61 of the Explanatory Notes.
The 2010-11 issue of ABS publication Regional Population Growth, Australia (cat. no. 3218.0) will be released on 30 March 2012. This product will contain the first release of 30 June 2011 population estimates for regions below the state and territory level, based on Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), and including Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The March 2012 release of Regional Population Growth, Australia will be the last product to include population estimates updated from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. The next scheduled release of this product is 31 July 2012, which will contain population estimates based on the 2011 Census.
One month later, on 31 August 2012, the breakdowns of these estimates by age and sex will be released. These estimates will be based on results of the 2011 Census, and will be released in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia (cat. no. 3235.0).
The March 2012 release of Regional Population Growth, Australia will also be the last time that population estimates based primarily on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) are released. The ASGC is the old geographical boundary set for which ABS releases spatial statistics. The base spatial unit of the ASGC is the SLA, for which population estimates are prepared and made freely available on the ABS website. Population estimates for LGAs are built up from SLA-level estimates.
Future releases of this product will be based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), which is the new base for understanding and interpreting the geographic context of ABS statistics, including regional population estimates. The base spatial unit of the ASGS for which regional population estimates will be prepared and released is the Statistical Area 2 (SA2) level. SA2s do not all align with LGAs. However, as LGA population estimates are regarded as a crucial ABS output, they will continue to be prepared annually and made freely available on the ABS website. For more information about the ASGS refer to Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.001).
The boundaries on which these LGA population estimates will be prepared will be updated each year, in line with official gazetted boundaries for all LGAs.
More information about the future of population estimates is contained in Information Paper Population Estimates under Australia's New Statistical Geography (cat. no. 3219.0.55.001). This paper also provides a broad overview of the ASGS and outlines the methodology that will be used to prepare population estimates under the ASGS. It also includes information about the historical time-series of population estimates that will be prepared. Throughout November 2011 to March 2012 the ABS conducted a series of information sessions across the country to further explain these upcoming changes to population estimates under the new geography.
For further information about ABS regional population estimates email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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