Regional research and data

The Department undertakes research, data collection and analysis related to issues affecting regional Australia. The information presented here allows policy makers, program administrators and researchers to understand the impacts their activities have on regional communities.

Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard

The Progress in Australian Regions and Cities Dashboard brings together information about Australia's regions from a range of different sources and presents that data in a consistent format over time. The Dashboard now also has some datasets updated monthly, so that timely and frequent data is more readily available to users. In addition, indicators will be gradually updated through the monthly cycle from December 2022 onwards. The Dashboard is designed to answer the question of how our regions are progressing against a range of key indicators from the following themes:

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  • Nearly twenty years of research within the Department on the important issues facing regional Australia: Research into Regional Australia.
  • Working zones 2021 update
    This fact sheet provides an update to the Working zones geography following the 2021 Australian Statistical Geography Standard. The Working zones statistical geography describes regions that reflect commuting patterns of Australian workers and can be used to analyse local labour markets. The release includes an excel correspondence and a shapefile to enable people to analyse their own data on this geography.

Statistical Analysis

Understanding regional data series

  • Understanding statistical geography
    Fact sheet providing a quick guide to assist people to analyse regional data and consider what geographical scale most accurately represents their region/s of interest.
  • Understanding Regional Data: Population
    Fact sheet providing a high level guide to finding and using regional population data.
  • Understanding regional data: Employment
    Fact sheet to assist people to source, analyse and present regional data on employment. The fact sheet also includes a summary of other labour market data sources and characteristics.
  • Understanding regional data: Industry
    Fact sheet providing a guide for finding and analysing regional industry data. The fact sheet also describes methods for constructing key indices of industrial diversity and structural change across regions.