Tag Archives: regional development

Why aren’t there more immigrants in rural Australia

Should the question be why do so many people born outside of Australia live in Australian cities or why don’t more live in regional centres and small towns? The attraction of cities is clear.  Job opportunities, friends and family who …

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Are immigrants really the backbone of rural Australia’s health and education services?

For a decade it was my job to worry about the health workforce in rural and remote Australia.  Our university department of rural health, like 11 others through the country, did our part to promote regional centres, country towns and …

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Who are rural Australian immigrants?

Airplanes and immigration policies have brought a rich mix of people from all over the globe to live in Australia. Melbourne and Sydney are global cities, but outside of the capitals the population does not look or sound so diverse.  …

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Demographic portraits of your community

The Australian census has never been as informative but too few organisations are making full use of it. Social Dimensions produces demographic profiles for local governments, regional development committees, businesses and not-for-profits who need to know more about the people …

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Immigrants in the country: torturing the numbers

Statisticians have an expression: torture the data until they confess.  Tickle tables of census results and you are likely to reveal deeper or more nuanced truths. In my first post on immigrants in regional Australia I showed that the proportion …

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The surprising lack of immigrants in regional Australia

Australia is a population of migrants. In the 2011 census, thirty per cent of usual residents reported they were born outside of Australia and its external territories. But disproportionately Australia’s immigrants live in the capital cities.  In New South Wales, …

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Measure what you treasure

India-based evaluator Katherine Hay gave a recent talk exhorting international development agencies to think about what is most important and make that the measure of success. She challenged her audience to consider if India’s phenomenal economic growth was really more …

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