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Video Segment 2: How to Find a Region, by Map - Text
 

Welcome to the National Regional Profile screen show.

Segment 2 of the show is titled 'How to Find a Region, by Map'.

As we mentioned in Segment 1 of this screen show, there are three ways of finding a region in the National Regional Profile.

In this segment we will be showing you how to find a region by using the map that appears on the Map Entry page.

This option is ideal if you know the area which you are interested in, but do not know the region name. You can navigate to your location of interest from a map of Australia.

Before we look at an example of how to find a region, some of the features of the map will be explained.

You can zoom in and out of the map, or pan around the map by using the scroll bar and the arrows.

You can also choose to view the street map, satellite image or a combination of both via the hybrid link.

As we zoom in and out and pan across the map, the default regions that will appear on the map are the Statistical Divisions, Statistical Subdivisions and Statistical Local Areas.

If you wish to see Local Government Areas on your map, click on the Local Government Area tab above the region lists.

Let's now look at an example of how you might go about finding data for a region incorporating the Victorian coastal town of Lorne, which is located to the south-west of Melbourne.

Starting at the map of Australia, zoom into the map by using the zoom bar, your 'mouse' wheel or by double clicking on the map.

As you zoom into the map, you will see different colour place markers. These show the different types of regions on the map.

The purple place markers indicate Statistical Divisions.

If we zoom in closer, blue place markers appear. These indicate Statistical Subdivisions.

The red place markers indicate Statistical Local Areas, which is the lowest regional level for which data is available.

If you are unsure which type of region the place markers represent, simply refer to the legend at the top of the map.

To find the Statistical Local Area level containing the town of Lorne click on the place markers near the town to draw the region boundary.

You will notice now that an information window appears containing the region name and a link to 'Get data' for the region.

You will also notice that the selected region name is now highlighted in the list to the left of the map.

At this point you have the option to click on 'Get Data' to view data for the selected region, or to continue moving around the map to find data for other regions.

To clear the boundary of your selected region before continuing to zoom or pan to other regions, click on 'Clear selected region' at the top of the map.

That brings us to the end of this segment of the National Regional Profile screen show. In Segment 5 of this series we will show you what is contained in the data profiles when you click on 'Get Data'.

If you have any questions that haven't been answered by the screen show or the help pages provided in the product please contact us via email at regional.statistics@abs.gov.au.


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