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Useful Links – Other sources of data on regional Victoria

The following is a list of other sources of current information useful in informing regional development.

National Data Sources and Publications

Department of Employment Small Area Labour Markets

Small Area Labour Markets presents regional estimates of unemployment and the unemployment rate at the Australian Bureau of Statistics' statistical area level 2s (SA2s) and at the local government area level.

Regional Australia Institute’s Insight Portal

The Regional Australia Institute (RAI) is an independent research institute dedicated to examining regional issues and policy priorities. Regional Australia Institutes ‘insight’ portal provides data and measures across key themes including at Local Government Area geography. The RAI’s broader website provides links to research relating regional development.

Regional Wellbeing Survey

The Regional Wellbeing Survey is an annual survey of residents living in Australia's rural and regional areas. First conducted in 2013, it examines the wellbeing of people in rural and regional communities, and how this wellbeing is influenced by the many social, economic and environmental changes occurring in these communities. The results of the survey enable the provision of insights that support the development of strategies to build wellbeing, resilience and adaptive capacity in rural and regional Australia.

Public Health Information Development Unit

The Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) provides downloadable spreadsheets of data on health indicators by Local Government Area level, ABS defined Statistical Local Area level and Statistical Area 2 level geography.

Framework for Regional Development

The Regional Australia Standing Council's Framework for Regional Economic Development is based on a partnership approach to place-based regional economic development. It will promote timely, evidence-based and coordinated delivery of regional economic development activities across all levels of government that responds to the needs of a well engaged local community.

Progress in Australian Regions: State of Regional Australia 2015

State of Regional Australia—2015 uses data from its companion publication Progress in Australian Regions—Yearbook 2014 to illustrate the trends and patterns of economic and social progress in regional Australia.

State Data Sources and Publications

Vocational Training: Victoria’s Regional Report 2013

Department of Education and Training (DET) have prepared a report on the Victorian training market performance and responsiveness to businesses across Victoria’s regions. The report includes training market profiles of the following regions: Loddon Mallee North, Loddon Mallee South, Wimmera Southern Mallee, Central Highlands, Great South Coast, Geelong and Surrounds, Hume, Gippsland, Northern Metropolitan, Southern Metropolitan, Eastern Metropolitan, Western Metropolitan and Inner Metropolitan.

Statistics for Victorian Schools

The Department of Education and Training provides data and statistics on the Victorian School education system, including figures for student numbers, retention rates and school numbers.

Aspiring Learners, Thriving Communities

Aspiring Learners, Thriving Communities identifies the Department of Education and Training's strategy for improving learning outcomes in rural and regional communities over the period from 2014-19.

Victoria in Future (VIF) 2015

Victoria in Future 2015 (VIF 2015) is the official state government projection of population and households. The projections cover the period 2011 to 2051 for Victoria and the major regions. For Local Government Areas (LGA) and smaller areas (VIFSAs) they cover the period to 2031.

Know Your Council

Know Your Council allows users to benchmark and compare similar councils, view detailed profiles of councils, view maps of council areas (local government areas) in Victoria and find out about how local government works in Victoria.

Urban Development Program

The Urban Development Program provides data on land supply and take-up for residential and industrial land across regional Victorian cities and centres.

Local Government Area profiles

The Department of Health and Human Services produce downloadable spreadsheet of data on range of indicators, with a particular focus on health indicators by Local Government Area level geography.

Instant Atlas

Population, socio-economic, service and health information is provided in Instant Atlas format at Local Government Area level. The Instant Atlas page includes a map, tables and charts.

Town and Community profiles

The Town and Community Profiles include information on population, geography, services, facilities, expenditure, and social, cultural and health characteristics of each suburb, town and catchment in Victoria.

Current Rental Report

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services produces annual and quarterly property rental data reports at local government area and suburb geography level.

The Victorian Transport Statistics Portal

The Victorian Transport Statistics Portal (VTSP) provides access to data relating to transport trends in Victoria, including broader demographic datasets. The VTSP provides data at the Local Government Area level, and for some of its datasets at other geographic levels including the Statistical Local Area level, the Statistical Area Levels 2, 3 and 4 or the State suburb level.

Agriculture and Food Industry Profiles

Provides industry profiles and export performance data on sub-sectors of the agriculture and food industry.

Food and Fibre Export Report

This report provides information on the value of Victorian and Australian food and fibre exports as well as information on Victoria’s food and fibre exports to specific countries and markets.

Industry Atlas of Victoria

This report provides a graphic snapshot of the state's economy including number and distribution of businesses, industries and workforce.


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Other publications

Regional Cities Growth Framework

Regional Cities Growth Framework is a tool for Victoria’s Regional Cities to apply a structured and logical approach in developing their own flexible growth plans, and to guide the prioritisation of investment in services and infrastructure. Regional Cities Victoria is a group comprised of the 10 Victorian regional city municipalities of Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Horsham, Latrobe, Mildura, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

Rural Population Toolkit

Rural Councils Victoria provides a tool to help accessible to Victorian State and Local government staff. Victoria's rural councils understand the demographic trends influencing their community and prioritise the strategies that will attract and retain residents. It builds upon the findings of the Rural Migration Trends and Drivers Report. It works by guiding the user through a process of investigating their local context, identifying the priority concerns, and agreeing on the best way forward.

Last Updated: 09 February 2016