Notes - geography
Census geography overview
Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'
The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.
For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.
For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.
Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.
profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.
Buloke Shire geography
This profile provides Census data for Buloke Shire broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.
For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.
Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.
This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.
NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.
Buloke Shire has 5 small areas:
Lower Avoca Ward
Lower Avoca Ward is bounded by Nullawil Road, Nullawil-Birchip Road and Nullawil-Quambatook Road in the north, Gannawarra and Loddon Shires in the east, Coonooer-Gowar Road, the Avoca River and Boundary Road in the south, and St Arnaud-Wycheproof Road, Charlton-Thalia Road, Morton Plains Road, Boundary Road, Lees Road, the Perrit Channel and East Boundary Road in the west.
Mallee Ward is bounded by Tyenna Road, Boundary Road, Chinkapook-Mittyack Road, Angle Road, Lake Tyrrell, Swan Hill Rural City and Lake Wahpool Road in the north, the Timboram Channel, Swan Hill Rural City, Lutzies Road, Burns Road, Mattiskes Tank Road, Lalbert Lake Road, Gannawarra Shire, Gardner Road, Nullawil-Quambatook Road, Nullawil-Birchip Road and Nullawil Road in the east, East Boundary Road, MacFarlane Road, Birchip-Corack Road, Aerodrome Road, the Sunraysia Highway, Wirmbirchip Road, McLoughlans Road and Galaquil East Road in the south, and Bells Road, Birchip-Rainbow Road, Warren Road, Yarriambiack Shire, Michael Road, Kellys Road, McDowells Road, Mitchell Road, Woodburns Road, Allans Road, Carters and Emonsons Road and Shearing Shed Road in the west.
Mount Jeffcott Ward
Mount Jeffcott Ward is bounded by Galaquil Road, McLoughlans Road, Wirmbirchip Road, the Sunraysia Highway, Aerodrome Road, Birchip-Corack Road, MacFarlane Road and Lees Road in the north, Boundary Road, Morton Plains Road, Charlton-Thalia Road, the Wycheproof South Channel and St Arnaud-Wycheproof Road in the east, Devon Park Road, Swanwater North Road, the Sunraysia Highway, Leeder Road, Brown Road, Grewar Road and Northern Grampians Shire in the south, and Yarriambiack Shire, Warracknabeal-Birchip Road, Taylor Road, Beyal Road and Beyal North Road in the west.
Rural Buloke encompasses the non-urban parts of Buloke Shire.
Urban Buloke encompasses the urban parts of Buloke Shire.