The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government (ACLEG), with input from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, has released a new report outlining how local governments can more effectively utilise demographic and other population data into planning and decision-making processes.
The report, titled Looking Ahead: A Guide for Local Government Practitioners' Use of Demographic Data, is designed to empower evidence-based decision making in Australian local government, and increase the capacity of councils to collate and utilise data in strategic planning and broader areas of council operations such as community engagement, urban planning, social planning, and business and service development. It also includes an outline of demographic challenges and opportunities facing Australian local government, guides and strategies for using demographic and population data in local government, case studies outlining best practice in demographic methods, and links to a range of useful references and tools.
This report will be a valuable resource for planners, decision-makers, and other local government practitioners seeking to build capacity in demographic methods and increase the role of data analysis in council operations. This report will also function as a companion guide to the ACELG publication Make Your Knowledge Matter: Guide to Developing and Documenting Research, which is also available on the ACELG website (here).