1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, 2013  
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Image: Finding Local Government Area Data FINDING LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA DATA

Finding data for your Local Government Area (Updated - Jun 2013)
Kingborough Local Government Area - An example (Updated - Jun 2013)
Product development - Give us your suggestions
Finding the National Regional Profile on the ABS website (Updated - Jun 2013)
Other publications


Want to find out how many people live in your local government area (LGA)? What is the birth rate? What is the average taxable income? How many people have access to the internet at home? All this information and much more, can be accessed through the National Regional Profile (NRP) on the ABS website.

There are nearly 400 data items in the NRP available under the broad topics of Economy, Population/People, Industry and Environment/Energy.

Data for individual regions are available in a variety of formats, discoverable through an easy to use mapping interface. You can choose a region from the lists on the left of the map, drill down into the map, or type the region name into the address search box. Once you have found your region, click on 'Get Data' to open the profile in a new window.

Profiles can be viewed as web pages or downloaded in Excel one region at a time, or click on the 'Data for all regions' button on the map page to access all data for all regions in CSV and abs.stat beta formats.

The latest issue of the National Regional Profile was released on 27 May 2013, for local government areas and Statistical Area Level 2 and above.

New data in this issue of the NRP includes Travel to work, Youth Engagement, Industry of Employment and Land Use. For a summary of all the new data released in the NRP, see the National Regional Profile Update in the 2013 edition of the What's New in Regional Statistics newsletter.


The LGA of Kingborough in Tasmania is used here to showcase some of the information available in the NRP. Covering an area of 72,010.3 ha, Kingborough LGA is on the south west fringes of Hobart, and partly bordered by the coastline of Storm Bay.

Image: National Regional Profile web page
Image taken from the National Regional Profile


More households in Kingborough had access to the internet (78.4%), than any other LGAs in Tasmania in 2010-11.

The most prominent age group in Kingborough was 0 - 14 years, comprising 20.2% of the region’s total population in 2010-11.


Kingborough's average Wage and Salary income in 2009-10 was $44,669 - higher than the corresponding Tasmanian level ($41,673).

Kingborough had 81.6% of young people (15 to 19 years) fully engaged in work and/or study.


In 2010-11, Kingborough had 578 passenger vehicles per 1,000 people.

The Health Care and Social Assistance industry employed the most Kingborough residents (12.9%) in 2010-11.


Kingborough had an area of 2,383.5ha covered by inland waterbodies in 2007-08, which is 3.3% of the LGA's total area.
PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT - Give us your suggestions

The ABS is continually refining the NRP, seeking new, valuable data sets that could be added. If you know of 'untapped' local government datasets that may be available across all jurisdictions, please forward your suggestions to our data development team, for further investigation. Similarly you may have ideas on how to make the NRP interface more user friendly. Please contact us by email at regional.statistics@abs.gov.au.


For more information, refer to the National Regional Profile 2007-2011 (cat. no. 1379.0.55.001), which can be accessed on the ABS home page from the left hand side of the page under the heading 'Regional Statistics'.


For more information on what other publications output data at the local government area level, see the Local Government web portal.