Future Directions in Regional Statistics - Your Priorities
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What regional information is most important to you?
The ABS has over 100 years of experience in delivery of regional information through the Census of Population and Housing, and regularly engages with users of regional data to understand information requirements. There are an increasing array of options for providing official statistics for small areas as more regional data sources have become available. It is timely now to take stock and prioritise information needs.
How do we research and decide on information priorities?
The Australian Bureau of Statistics continues to undertake a variety of research to understand the data requirements for regional data users.
Some of the research undertaken has included:
● Future Directions in Regional Statistics Workshops - these workshops have been held around Australia and have involved discussion and feedback on developing a core set of regional statistics.
● Australian Government Experts in Regional Statistics - this group comprises members of Australian government agencies that utilise regional data, and who meet quarterly to help drive the Future Directions in Regional Statistics work
● Census Engagement - In the lead up to each Census of Population and Housing, the ABS seeks input from users on content.
● Research and Environmental Scanning - The ABS has an ongoing interest in latest developments in regional data use and scans government policy and academic research and what is topical in the media in relation to regions. ABS has previously published papers on various topics that have a regional data perspective, see Perspectives on Regions.
Based on the research done to date we have distilled the following key questions:
People – Who lives in or visits this place? What are the characteristics of the people who live here?
Economy – How do people, services and businesses operate in the market to earn income, and produce goods and services in this location? What do they produce here? What do they earn here? What value add is contributed to the wider economy from this location?
Community – How do families, friends and neighbours contribute to the wellbeing of the community in this location (through non-market activities, such as care for children and family members, household maintenance, social activities, volunteering, etc.)?
Place – What are the main attributes of the built and natural environment in this location? How does this environment support the people that live or work here, the services or businesses that operate here, and the wellbeing of the community?
All these factors are used in location decision-making. Some examples of the regional information priorities found:
Please contact us with your feedback.