Local Government

Regional and local data

The National Regional Profile presents a range of key social and economic data covering a five year time period. Profiles are available for smaller regions, including Local Government Areas and Statistical Local Areas, as well as larger regions up to and including Australia.

The Locating Regional and Local Data on the ABS website page provides further information about regional statistics, including a list of ABS publications containing regional data.

Census data

An extensive range of data is available for Local Government Areas from the Census of Population and Housing.
The Census data page provides you with access to all Census data that is available online. It contains a description of all the products available, allowing you to choose which product best suits your needs.

The Census home page provides links to other information about the Census, including access to historical data and reference material.

Releases by Topic

The following releases contain data for Local Government Areas across Australia.

Regional Population Growth (cat. no. 3218.0)
Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia (cat. no. 3235.0)
Births (cat. no. 3301.0)
Deaths (cat. no. 3302.0)
Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0)
Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002)
Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003)

Releases by State/Territory

The following releases contain data for Local Government Areas across Australia in selected states/territories.

NSW State and Regional Indicators (cat. no. 1338.1)
State and Regional Indicators, Victoria (cat. no. 1367.2)
Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (cat. no. 1307.6)

Using data for Statistical Local Areas

Some ABS releases use Statistical Local Areas (SLA). The SLA is a general purpose spatial unit used to collect and disseminate statistics. SLAs are based on the boundaries of incorporated bodies of local government where they exist. Where there is no incorporated body of local government, SLAs are defined to cover the unincorporated areas.

One or more Statistical Local Areas form each Local Government Area, and so some data at SLA level can be aggregated to Local Government Areas. To see which SLAs make up your Local Government Area, look up your Local Government Area in:

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (cat. no. 1216.0)

A list of Local Government Areas and Statistical Local Areas is in Chapter 15. Alternatively, download the Excel data cube titled "Local Government Areas and Statistical Local Areas - Alphabetic'

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