Statistical indicators for local government areas: a case study of the Shoalhaven LGA, 1997
Decision makers and planers need to have relevant and reliable information to give a picture of how different areas are developing economically and socially. However, there is a perceived lack of timely and easily accessible data at the Local Government Area (LGA) level. This study produced a statistical profile of the Shoalhaven (LGA) by developing a conceptual framework, which represents the key economic, social, and population characteristics of the LGA. The statistical data available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) at the level of the LGA, was investigated and summarised. Other sources of information available to create a statistical profile of the Shoal haven LGA were identified. The criteria used to select indicators were that the data were already available, relevant to the concept being measured and comparable over time and areas. The data had to be reliable and likely to be available in the future. In compiling the data from multiple sources it is important that the methods of collection and reliability of the, data are investigated and documented and that concepts. definitions and classifications are comparable.