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Variable Descriptions for Regional Snapshot

The tables below describe the variables used in the tables and charts for the Victorian Regional Information Portal 'Regional Snapshot' report.

Table variables

Variable Source Description
Geography
Area (sq km) Dept of Health, 2011 LGA Profiles Land area of the Local Government Area in square kilometres
Travel time to Melbourne (mins) Dept of Health, 2011 LGA Profiles The travel time in minutes to the most populous community in the LGA from the former Melbourne GPO via the quickest practical route.
Percentage population near public transport Dept of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure The percentage of the population that lives within 400 metres of a bus and/or 600 metres from a tram stop and/or 800 metres of a train station.
Economy (Headline)
GRP ($ million) 2012 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2013 Gross Regional Product (GRP) is an estimate of the total value of all final goods and services produced in the economy. Total headline GRP at market prices with Indirect Taxes.
10-year Average Annual GRP Growth Rate 1992-2002 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2013 Average annual growth in Gross Regional Product over 1992-2002
10-year Average Annual GRP Growth Rate 2002-2012 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2013 Average annual growth in Gross Regional Product over 2002-2012
Jobs 2012 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2013 Total employment numbers 2012 (Including part time and full time workers)
10-year Average Annual Jobs Growth Rate 1992-2002 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2013 Average annual growth in jobs over 2002-12
10-year Average Annual Jobs Growth Rate 2002-2012 National Institute of Economic and Industry Research (NIEIR), 2013 Average annual growth in jobs over 2002-12
Economy (Diversity and Industry Mix)
Industry diversity (Herfindahl index) RDV Calculation based on ABS Census 2011 (Job counts) Modified version of the Herfindahl index. It measures industry diversity based on percentage of jobs by industry within LGA relative to that of the Victorian economy. Lower index value signifies higher industry diversity, higher value signifies higher industry specialisation.
Percentage of Small business (<20 employees) ABS Cat 8165.0 Count of businesses with less than 20 employees
Percentage of Medium business (20-99 employees) ABS Cat 8165.0 Count of businesses with between 20 and 199 employees
Percentage of Large business (100+ employees) ABS Cat 8165.0 Count of businesses with over 200 employees
Percentage Self-employed ABS Census 2011 Owner managers of incorporated of incorporated enterprises as percentage of total employed persons
Population and Age
Population 2013 ABS Cat 3218.0 Estimated resident population (ERP) in 2013
10-year Average Annual Population Growth Rate 1992-2002 ABS Cat 3218.0 Average annual growth in estimated resident population over 1992-2012
10-year Average Annual Population Growth Rate 2002-2012 ABS Cat 3218.0 Average annual growth in estimated resident population over 2002-12
Forecast
Population 2031 DPCD, Victoria in Future (2014) Estimated resident population (ERP) in 2031
10-year Average Annual Population Forecast Growth Rate 2011-21 DPCD, Victoria in Future (2014) Forecast average annual growth in ERP over 2011-21
10-year Average Annual Population Forecast Growth Rate 2021-31 DPCD, Victoria in Future (2014) Forecast average annual growth in ERP over 2021-31
Socio-Demographic
Median age (2011) ABS Census 2011 Median age of resident population . A regions median age is calculated based on LGA median age using population weighted average.
Median Weekly Household Income (2011) ABS Census 2011 Median weekly income of households in LGA
Average household size (2011) ABS Census 2011 Average number of persons per household
Percentage persons at different address 5 years ago ABS Census 2011 Percentage of resident population that did lived at a different address at the 2011 census compared to five years prior (2006)
Percentage Born overseas ABS Census 2011 Percentage of resident population that was born overseas
Percentage Speaks a language other than english at home ABS Census 2011 The percentage of the population who speak a language other than English at home at 2011 Census
Percentage who help out as a volunteer ABS Census 2011 The percentage of the population aged 15 or over who indicated that they did voluntary work through an organisation or group in the twelve months prior to the 2011 Census
Percentage Core activity need for assistance ABS Census 2011 The percentage of people in the LGA who need “…help or assistance in one or more of the three core activity areas of self-care, mobility and communication, because of a long-term health condition (lasting six months or more), a disability (lasting six months or more), or old age” (ABS website)
SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage ABS Cat 2033.0.55.001 SEIFA (2011) is comprised of 4 indexes. The Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD) summarises the economic and social conditions of people and households within an area based on measures relative disadvantage only. Lower index value signifies higher industry diversity, higher value signifies higher industry specialisation.
Human Capital, Labour Utilisation and Education
Unemployment Rate (Quarterly) Dec 2013 Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Small Area Labour Markets (Dec 2013) Number of unemployed as a percentage of total labour force
Youth unemployment rate (2011) ABS Census 2011 Number of persons aged 15-24 unemployed as a percentage of total labour force aged 15-24
Labour force participation rate (2011) ABS Census 2011 Count of persons aged 15 years and over who are in the labour force (either employed or unemployed and seeking work)
Labour force participation rate (65 years plus) (2011) ABS Census 2011 Number of persons aged 65 years and over unemployed as a percentage of total labour force aged 65 years and over
Labour force participation rate (female) (2011) ABS Census 2011 Count of female persons aged 15 years and over who are in the labour force (either employed or unemployed and seeking work)
Percentage people over 15 with Bachelor Degree or Higher non-school qualification ABS Census 2011 Count of persons aged 15 years and over who have a Bachelor Degree of higher qualification
Percentage who did not complete year 12 ABS Census 2011 Count of persons aged 15 years and over who are no longer attending primary or secondary school.
Percentage of 15-19 not engaged in school or employment ABS Census 2011 Percentage of total persons aged between 15-19 years that are not attending school and are not employed
Percentage people receiving an unemployment benefit Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) People receiving an unemployment benefit
Percentage people receiving an unemployment benefit long-term Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU), Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) People receiving an unemployment benefit for longer than 180 days
Housing
Median rent weekly ABS Census 2011 Median weekly cost for housing rent in LGA
Percentage Home ownership ABS Census 2011 Percentage of total dwellings where tenure is owned outright or owned with a mortgage
Percentage Low income households with mortgage stress PHIDU, Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) Low income households (households in bottom 40% of income distribution) with mortgage stress (spending more than 30% of income on mortgage repayments)
Percentage Low income households with rental stress PHIDU, Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) Low income households (households in bottom 40% of income distribution) with rental stress (spending more than 30% of their income on rent)
Percentage of seperate-detached dwellings ABS Census 2011 Percentage of total dwellings where dwelling type is seperate-detached housing
Median House Price (2011) Valuer General (2012) Median house sale price in 2011
Innovation/ technology
Percentage of households with internet connected (2011) ABS Census 2011 Percentage of households with internet connection
Physical Capital, Facilities and Services
High-level residential care places per 1,000 pop 70 years plus (2011) PHIDU, Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) High-level care is nursing home care provided when health deteriorates to such a degree that a person becomes very frail or ill and can no longer be cared for adequately in their present accommodation. It provides 24-hour nursing and personal care for the very frail or ill, with support for the activities of daily living – dining, showering, continence management, rehabilitation, medications etc. Allocation is based on availability and the assessment of an individual's needs, as compared with other residents (source PHIDU)
Low-level residential care places per 1,000 pop 70years plus (2011) PHIDU, Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) Low-level care is hostel accommodation, offering a greater quality of life for people who benefit significantly from supportive services, companionship and activities, and for whom living without assistance is difficult. Independence is encouraged in maintaining daily living skills. Services provided may include showering, dressing, bed making, room cleaning, supervision of medication, provision of all meals and laundry (source PHIDU)
Community care rate per 1,000 pop (2011) PHIDU, Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) Community Aged Care Packages offer low dependency level care for older people who are frail and/or disabled, in their own home, whether they live with their spouse, family or on their own. Trained staff provide flexible and coordinated support, which may include assistance with personal care (eg showering, grooming); household help (eg shopping, cleaning); linking with activities and pursuits in the community; and other assistance as negotiated according to individual need. (Source PHIDU)
Total GP services (MBS and DVA) Age Standardised Rate (ASR per 100,000) (2009-10) PHIDU, Social Health Atlas of Australia (2013) GP services to males and females total, Medicare Benefits Scheme and Department of Veterans' Affairs service pensions

Chart variables

Variable Source Description
Chart 1 - Population by Age ABS Cat 3235.0 Estimated resident population (ERP) in 2012
Chart 2 - Unemployment Rates Dept of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Small Area Labour Markets (Dec 2012) Quarterly unemployment rates. Number of unemployed as a percentage of total labour force.
Chart 3 - Building Approvals ABS Cat 8731.0 Number of Residential Building Approvals for Total Dwellings including Houses and Other Residential Types
Chart 4 - Jobs by Industry (percentage) Estimates based on ABS 2011 Census Place of Work Percentage of Jobs by Industry for jobs located within the region


Last Updated: 26 March 2015

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