CEH is sometimes asked for information on the settlement patterns, demographics and cultural backgrounds of particular communities.
Here are a range of websites which provide this information free of charge.
Australian Bureau of Statistics
The ABS provides the most comprehensive statistics on Australia's population and a wide range of social and economic matters.
Profiles of Victorian Communities
Statistical information about social, health and economic outcomes for all Victorian localities. A collaboration between the City of Greater Dandenong and the Victorian Local Government Association (VLGA)
Population Diversity in Local Councils in Victoria: 2006 Census
Published by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, this report provides data on birthplace, language, ancestry and religion at the local government level. It is an invaluable guide for local government planners, community organisations, researchers and those in the broader community concerned with designing and delivering services that are accessible and equitable.
Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) Settlement Database
The settlement database allows you to find out where newly newly-arrived communities are intending to settle upon arrival, particularly those settled in Australia since the last census.
Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) community profiles
DIAC has a number of new profiles on recently-arrived communities. Community profiles have been developed to assist service providers to better understand the background and needs of Humanitarian Program arrivals and contain information on key settlement locations, demographic characteristics of recent arrivals, likely settlement needs and cultural and country background. Profiles include Burmese, Ethiopian and Sudanese.
.id specialises in servicing local government across Australia and is accessible to the general public. Choose a local government area and select information by category - ‘profile', ‘forecast' or ‘atlas'. Note that ‘forecast' information for some councils may not be accessible to the general public.
Community Indicators Victoria (CIV)
CIV has been developed to present and report on the wellbeing of Victorians using an integrated set of community wellbeing indicators. These indicators refer to a broad range of measures designed to identify and communicate economic, social, environmental, democratic and cultural trends and outcomes.
Useful demographical websites: Download tipsheet here