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This dataset presents selected ABS social and economic data provided as part of the Australian Climate Service (ACS). This data will support better response, relief and recovery to disasters by helping the ACS and its customers better understand the climate and natural hazard exposure and vulnerability characteristics of people, businesses and households.
Data is provided for the latest year available as at November 2023, for 2021 Local Government Areas (LGA) - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), Edition 3.
An excel spreadsheet (About the data.xlsx) has been provided with labels and descriptions for each of the data items to assist with interpretation. Links to the source publications are also provided in the spreadsheet. The plain English labels in the spreadsheet may differ slightly from labels in the source publications.
A word document (Decision tree.docx) has also been provided to guide users to appropriately source ABS data available through ABS products such as this dataset, and non-ABS products such as the Australian Exposure Information Platform (AEIP) - Geoscience Australia.
Data is sourced from a wide variety of collections, both ABS and non-ABS. When analysing the data, care needs to be taken as time periods, definitions, methodologies, scope, and coverage can differ across collections.
Data values have been randomly adjusted or suppressed to avoid the release of confidential data. In some cases, small cells have been randomly altered to zero. Care should be taken when interpreting cells with small numbers or zeros, including percentages and rates that are derived from cells with small numbers.
Some data values have been converted from one geographical boundary to another in order align to the 2021 LGA boundaries provided.
Blank data cells can be real zeros (or rounded to zero), or data that is not available.
Contact the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)
Data and geography references
Main source data publications: Data by region and 2021 Census
Geographic boundary information: Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3
Further information: Data by region methodology and Guide to Census data
Sources: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), Productivity Commission (PC), Department of Social Services (DSS), and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW)