Articles by Simone Alexander

Simone Alexander

Simone Alexander is a demographic consultant with more than 20 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. She uses her expertise to blog about demographic trends, housing and planning issues in Australia’s cities and regions.
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They say age is just a number, but in the demographic world it’s more than that. The age structure explains a lot about how populations grow and change. Furthermore, the story around many social indicators are enhanced when age is considered. This blog will look at some of the social data released via the Census,…

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It’s often said that Australia builds some of the largest houses in the world. In the second half of the twentieth century the growth of suburbs dominated by separate houses on large blocks has contributed to urban sprawl. In many ways it’s ironic that although contemporary planning policies seek to address these issues eg through…

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The ABS has recently released data from its Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID) which effectively matches two datasets and provides more insight into the characteristics of migrants. In an era where there is a lot of conjecture around the scale and composition of Australia’s migration program, this type of data release is…