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NSW State Electoral Districts Ranked by 2011 Census Characteristics

NSW State Electoral Districts Ranked by 2011 Census Characteristics

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 03/2012 by Daniel Montoya
This paper presents data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing for the 93 NSW State Electoral Districts (SEDs). The current boundaries for the NSW SEDs were established by the 2004 Electoral Boundaries Redistribution. The next Electoral Boundaries Redistribution will take place prior to the 2015 State election. For each SED, the political party affiliation for the current Member is identified.

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 or a selected median/average;

    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 approximately half of the characteristics provided, 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. A table showing the population used when calculating the percentage for each characteristic is provided on page 8. This follows a list of definitions set out on pages 5 to 7.

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. A summary of key findings is presented on page 2.

A State average is provided for each characteristic. Ten regional averages 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 10.

A companion Background Paper - NSW Electorate Profiles: 2011 Census/2011 Boundaries - presents the same data by electorate. These two publications will be updated after the next Electoral Boundaries Redistribution.