IN THIS ISSUE
The Land Account: Victoria, Experimental Estimates, 2012, is the second Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Land Account (see Land Account: Great Barrier Reef Region, Experimental Estimates, 2011 (ABS cat. no. 4609.0.55.001)). This publication provides statistics on land to inform decision-making, research and discussion about Victoria.
The data is presented in a series of statistical tables as well as in a spatial format. There are three components to this release.
- The first component comprises a series of statistical tables that show, for the State of Victoria and associated Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions, land use classified by land cover (rateable value and area) and industry classified by land cover (rateable value).
- The second component combines Google Earth® with data for each of the 13,335 Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) areas in Victoria. (For an explanation of the SA1 from the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) refer to the Explanatory Notes.)
- The third component of the release is the SA1 socio-economic spatial layer in tab delimited text, MapInfo and ESRI Geodatabase formats. These will enable users to overlay the socio-economic layer with other bio-physical layers (e.g. soil condition, elevation and slope) to undertake further analysis.
While ideally a land account should present data as at a single point in time, this is extremely difficult in practice and data in this release covers different time periods. This should be considered in interpreting the outputs. A detailed introduction and methodology overview can be found in the Explanatory Notes.
An additional set of tables presenting change in native vegetation extent and vegetation condition will be included in a revision to this publication in early 2013.
For further information on environmental-economic accounting please refer to the ABS Information Papers: Completing the Picture - Environmental Accounting in Practice,
May 2012 (ABS cat. no. 4628.0.55.001), What are Environmental Accounts?
, 2008 (ABS cat. no. 4655.0.55.001), Towards an Integrated Environmental-Economic Account for Australia,
2010 (ABS cat. no. 4655.0.55.001) or the United Nations' System of Environmental-Economic Accounting
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.