Interactive online maps have been introduced to dynamically illustrate statistics in the fourth annual State of Australian Cities (2013) report. This is a key advance in Australia’s development of a national spatial data infrastructure (NSDI) system, which ultimately could provide publicly available 3D video-imaging of census and other government-relevant statistics.
Compiled by the major cities unit of the Commonwealth Department of Infrastructure and Transport since 2010, the cities report this year is both printed (at more than 380 pages) and online at https://www.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure/mcu/soac/index.aspx
Launched in July by Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (who also ministers infrastructure, transport, broadband, communications and the digital economy), the report’s major theme is that most major cities have jobs concentrated in their central areas while population is growing fastest around their edges.
The report’s main collections of statistics are on population and settlement, productivity, sustainability, liveability and governance.
Eighteen major cities are covered, including three state border zones: Albury-Wodonga, Gold Coast-Tweed and Canberra-Queanbeyan. Perth is the only Western Australian city included, while both Hobart and Launceston are counted for Tasmania.