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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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.

RDA Darling Downs and South West Region geography

This profile provides Census data for the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region 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.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region has 10 small areas:

Location of Balonne Shire

Balonne Shire

Balonne Shire is located in south-west Queensland, between 400 and 600 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD. Balonne Shire is bounded by the Maranoa Regional Council area in the north, the Western Downs Regional Council area and the Goondiwindi Regional Council area in the east, the New South Wales border in the south, and Paroo Shire in the west.

Location of Bulloo Shire

Bulloo Shire

Bulloo Shire is located in south-west Queensland, about 1,000 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. Bulloo Shire is bounded by Barcoo Shire and Quilpie Shire in the north, Paroo Shire in the east, the New South Wales border in the south, and the South Australian border in the west.

Location of Goondiwindi Regional Council area

Goondiwindi Regional Council area

The Goondiwindi Regional Council area is located in south-west Queensland, about 350 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD. The Goondiwindi Regional Council area is bounded by the Western Downs Regional Council area and the Toowoomba Regional Council area in the north, the Southern Downs Regional Council area in the east, the New South Wales border, Tenterfield Shire, Inverell Shire and Moree Plains Shire in the south, and Balonne Shire in the west.

Location of Maranoa Regional Council area

Maranoa Regional Council area

The Maranoa Regional Council area is located in south-west Queensland, about 480 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. The Maranoa Regional Council area is bounded by the Central Highlands Regional Council area in the north, the Western Downs Regional Council area in the east, Balonne Shire in the south, and Paroo Shire and Murweh Shire in the west.

Location of Murweh Shire

Murweh Shire

Murweh Shire is located in south-west Queensland, between 600 and 800 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. Murweh Shire is bounded by the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council area and the Central Highlands Regional Council area in the north, the Maranoa Regional Council area in the east, Paroo Shire in the south, and Quilpie Shire in the west.

Location of Paroo Shire

Paroo Shire

Paroo Shire is located in south-west Queensland, between 600 and 800 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. Paroo Shire is bounded by Quilpie Shire and Murweh Shire in the north, the Maranoa Regional Council area and Balonne Shire in the east, the New South Wales border in the south, and Bulloo Shire in the west.

Location of Quilpie Shire

Quilpie Shire

Quilpie Shire is located in south-west Queensland, about 1,000 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. Quilpie Shire is bounded by the Longreach Regional Council area and the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council area in the north, Murweh Shire in the east, Paroo Shire and Bulloo Shire in the south, and Barcoo Shire in the west.

Location of Southern Downs Regional Council area

Southern Downs Regional Council area

The Southern Downs Regional Council area is located in south-east Queensland, about 160 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD. The Southern Downs Regional Council area is bounded by the Toowoomba Regional Council area and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area in the north, the Scenic Rim Regional Council in the north-east, the New South Wales border in the south-east and south, and the Goondiwindi Regional Council area in the west.

Location of Toowoomba Regional Council area

Toowoomba Regional Council area

The Toowoomba Regional Council area is located in south-east Queensland, about 125 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. The Toowoomba Regional Council area is bounded by the South Burnett Regional Council area in the north, the Somerset Regional Council area and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area in the east, the Southern Downs Regional Council area and the Goondiwindi Regional Council area in the south, and the Dalby Regional Council area in the west.

Location of Western Downs Regional Council area

Western Downs Regional Council area

The Western Downs Regional Council area is located in south-west Queensland, about 300 kilometres north-west of the Brisbane CBD. The Western Downs Regional Council area is bounded by Banana Shire in the north, the South Burnett Regional Council area in the north-east, the Toowoomba Regional Council area in the south-east, Balonne Shire and the Goondiwindi Regional Council area in the south-west, and the Maranoa Regional Council area in the west.

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