1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Apr 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/08/2005   
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Community Profile Series

Government, private and not for profit service organisations are increasingly aware that they must have a clear understanding of the demographic, socio-economic and cultural characteristics of their clients so that they can plan and deliver culturally appropriate services.
To assist service providers in responding to their diverse communities and to promote recognition of diversity in Western Australia, the Office of Multicultural Interests has worked with the ABS to produce a series of Community Profiles based on the 2001 Census of Population and Housing.

The 14 groups included in the first series of profiles, identified by birthplace groups, are a mix of both established and emerging ethnic communities. They include Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, China, India, Italy, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, Iraq and communities from the Horn of Africa.

The Community Profiles focus on socio-economic factors, such as labour force participation, occupation, income, housing tenure and family. They provide a key source of information for those planning and delivering services to Western Australia's culturally diverse community.

The analysis of socio-economic indicators contained within the various Community Profiles raises a number of issues, including the level of socio-economic disadvantage among certain groups. These have important implications for service providers.

The Office of Multicultural Interests will continue to make available data on cultural diversity to government agencies, community organisations and researchers. It is only with such knowledge that programs and services can adequately meet the needs of specific groups.

Dr Leela de Mel, Executive Director
Office of Multicultural Interests

The profiles can be viewed and downloaded from the Office of Multicultural Interests web site at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au
or contact the Office of Multicultural Interests on 9222 8800 to obtain copies of the profiles.