1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, 2012  
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This document was added 11/30/2012.

Image: National Regional Profile Update NATIONAL REGIONAL PROFILE UPDATE

Added 30/11/2012
Additions to NRP content

As an outcome of consultation with users in early 2012, the next release of the National Regional Profile (NRP) will contain a number of new data items, expanding the range of data provided for small regions. Some key additions to the NRP content include:

  • counts of businesses by industry, and entries and exits by employment size
  • proportion of the youth population (15-19 years) fully engaged in work and/or study
  • labour force participation rate and top five employing industries
  • method of travel to work
  • war service pensions and income support supplement data
  • average monthly household rent and mortgage payments
  • average number of usual residents per private dwelling
  • average household and family size
  • population of working age (15-64 years) and median age (all persons)
  • gross value of irrigated agriculture production
  • dynamic land cover (land cover type) and main land use category.

Most of these data items can be repeated across multiple levels of geography, Australia-wide. The next release of the NRP in early 2013 will be for local government areas and regions in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard, including SA2, SA3, SA4 and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas.

NRP content development is a long term ongoing focus. If you have discovered useful datasets or data items with wider appeal, that could be replicated across jurisdictions and add value to the NRP, we invite you to contact us with your suggestions. Please call Arnold Strals on (08) 8237 7365 or email regional.statistics@abs.gov.au.
Added 13/6/2012
You may be familiar with the current National Regional Profile (NRP) - this is a very popular snapshot of data for over 2,000 regions right across Australia. There are currently around 300 data items, many in a five year time series, and for regions such as local government areas.

Right now, our team is planning for the next issue of the NRP and we will keep you up to date with those plans through this page.

New data content

One of the things we have been doing to plan for the next issue is talking to users to get comments and feedback on what is in the NRP now and suggestions for further improvements.

We have been working through all the suggestions received, and as a result plan to add some new data items in the next issue. While all the details are still being finalised, we expect to include business counts and some extra data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing that users have suggested. We are also looking at other new sources of data that are available at a regional level for all of Australia (for example, other environmental data sources).

If you have any suggestions for new data items or sources of data, we would be pleased to hear them. You can email us at regional.statistics@abs.gov.au

More details of expected changes to the data content will be added to this page during 2012.

Next release date

Our plan is to release the next issue of the NRP in early 2013 on the new ABS geography. We will be providing data for local government areas, for the new SA2, SA3, SA4 and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, and of course for states/territories and Australia. If you would like more information on the new ABS geography, you can find this through the Geography pages.

Find the NRP

You can find the current National Regional Profile directly from the ABS website home page.

Image: National Regional Profile on the ABS Home page

If you have any questions about using the NRP, or need help, please contact Arnold Strals - phone (08) 8237 7365 or email arnold.strals@abs.gov.au.