1379.0.55.001 - National Regional Profile, 2002-2006  
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July 28, 2008
Embargoed 11.30 am (AEST)
ABS updates information for regions across Australia

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has today updated regional information for all Australian states and territories with the release of profiles for regions such as Local Government Areas.

Regional profiles contain a range of social and economic information for the years 2002 to 2006, helping local communities see changes over time in the characteristics of their regions and to make comparisons with other regions.

In total, there are profiles for over 2,000 regions across Australia, including state/territory and national totals.

The regional profiles now include additional information not available in previous releases, including the number of businesses by industry, agricultural commodities produced, the number and types of motor vehicles registered, and type of access to the internet.

This provides a richer picture of regional communities, adding to existing economic and social data such as income, unemployment, age and occupations.

To access the regional profiles, select the 'National Regional Profile' link under the Regional Statistics heading on the grey menu bar on the left of the ABS home page.

Regional profiles are one way of obtaining information for regions across Australia. Further state and territory specific information is available for free download from the ABS website.