Monday, December 16, 2019

Record number of births registered in 2018

In demographic terms, the relationship between births and deaths indicates the level of natural increase and is one of the components of population change.  In 2018, a total of 315,147 births were registered in Australia - the highest number ever recorded.  At the same time, the number of deaths registered in Australia was 158,493.  However not all areas record more births than deaths.  This blog looks at natural increase, and how it differs across NSW.

Monday, November 25, 2019

How accurate are population forecasts?

Population issues have become highly political in Australia, dominating headlines whenever new data is released.  In 2019, the Australian Government responded to the growing policy pressures by establishing the Centre for Population.  One of its aims is to produce more accurate population forecasts.  As someone with a background in producing population forecasts, this claim intrigued me.  Population forecasts are not predictions, they are the outcome of a set of assumptions.  In this blog I will reflect on the issues and challenges associated with population forecasting, and what options might be available in the future.

Monday, November 11, 2019

What is the largest school in Victoria?

If you work with data you probably know all about the Victorian Government's online repository - if you don't click on this linkEach year the Department of Education conducts a school Census, which collects enrolment data at a point in time.  In this blog I've used data from the Department of Education to look at characteristics of schools, particularly by type and size.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Vacant dwellings in NSW - trends and prospects

Most people are familiar with the idea of the Census as a population count, but a lot of additional data on dwellings and households are also collected.  Similar to population variables, housing data is also available for small geographic areas.  This enables users to see the spatial patterns and characteristics across our cities and regions.  This blog looks at vacant dwellings in NSW, with particular reference to spatial patterns and possible future trends.