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NSW State Electoral Districts Ranked by 2011 Census Characteristics: 2013 Redistribution

NSW State Electoral Districts Ranked by 2011 Census Characteristics: 2013 Redistribution

Advice on legislation or legal policy issues contained in this paper is provided for use in parliamentary debate and for related parliamentary purposes. This paper is not professional legal opinion.
Background Paper 03/2014 by Daniel Montoya and Jack Finegan
​This paper presents data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing for the 93 NSW State Electoral Districts (SEDs) by rank. Data is presented according to the electoral district boundaries announced in September 2013. A political party affiliation has been given for each electoral district. As the electoral districts have been redistributed since the most recent election in 2011, the party affiliation shown is notional only. The allocation is based on the 2011 election results adjusted by the new boundaries as calculated by Antony Green in 2013 New South Wales Redistribution: Analysis of Final Electoral Boundaries, NSW Parliamentary Research Service Background Paper No 02/2013. Using the Electoral Pendulum in that paper, the results of the five by-elections held since the 2011 election in the Clarence, Heffron, Miranda, Northern Tablelands and Sydney electorates have been taken into account.

This publication is arranged by selected census characteristics. For each characteristic, three numbers from the 2011 Census are provided for all 93 NSW SEDs:

    · A count of persons/families/dwellings;

    · The count expressed as a percentage of the total electoral division population, or a subset of that population; and

    · The electorate's rank in relation to all electorates (in most cases based on the percentage).

In many cases, the percentage provided for a census characteristic was calculated in relation to the total number of persons in the electoral district. However, for a number of these characteristics, the percentage was calculated in relation to a subset of the electoral district's total population. For example, the total number of employed persons in an electoral district is expressed as a percentage of the total number of persons in the electoral district aged 15 and over.

Data for each census characteristic is presented in two tables. The first lists the SEDs according to their rank. Where available, the 2006 rank has also been included. The second table presents the same information with the SEDs listed in alphabetical order. SED geography is kept stable between censuses, with rankings for both 2006 and 2011 based on the redistributed 2013 electorates.

The equivalent overall figure for the State is presented for each characteristic. Figures for ten regions are also provided: Eastern/Inner Sydney; Northern Sydney; Southern Sydney; Western Sydney; All Sydney; Central Coast; Country; Illawarra; Newcastle; and the North Coast. The electorates that make up these regions are identified on page 11.

Three additional versions of this paper will be released with Labor, Liberal and National seats highlighted. A companion Background Paper - NSW Electorate Profiles: 2013 Redistribution - presents the same data by electorate.

The revised May 2014 version of this paper, which was first released in February 2014, supersedes all previous versions.