The 2008 Country Matters – Social Atlas of Rural and Regional Australia describes the patterns of social and economic change of people and communities in non metropolitan Australia. The Atlas provides detailed analyses and commentary on over 800 non-capital city Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) across Australia on the following themes:
- Population—dynamics of demographic change.
- Education—levels of educational attainment and work skills affecting future labour supply for industry.
- Participation in the labour market—characteristics of labour markets.
- Employment—industry diversification and changing concentrations of industry.
- Families—social change affecting families and households.
- Income—variation in levels of income.
- Disadvantage—the extent of need for support for people with a disability is used as an indicator of disadvantage.
- Access to information technology—levels of access to the internet for individuals business and communities.
- Housing—differences in housing tenure.
- Community participation—involvement in the community through volunteering activities.
This release of the Atlas includes information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2006 Census of Population and Housing Census and compares trends with 1996 and 2001 Census data. The Atlas provides information for policy development on many critically important issues including:
- climate variability and change
- water shortages
- regional development.
[Information taken from the Social Atlas] You can access the Country Matters Social Atlas here.