Measuring short-term population mobility among indigenous Australians: options and implications

Measuring short-term population mobility among indigenous Australians: options and implications Journal Article

Australian Geographer

  • Author(s): Taylor, J.
  • Published: 1998
  • Volume: 29

Abstract: Despite the fact that indigenous Australians are known to be frequently mobile over the short term, statistical information regarding this population movement is grossly deficient. This has implications for the efficient and equitable delivery of services because such mobility impacts on the level and composition of service demand over time and space. This paper examines various means by which short-term population movement can be quantified to yield aggregate indicators of demographic impact. First, census data are used to establish the rate and pattern of inter-regional, short-term displacement. This reveals regional urban centres as net recipients of temporary residents while most rural areas experience temporary absenteeism. Secondly, results from household surveys are reported stressing the importance of including visitors to households in the estimation of service populations. Thirdly, administrative data on occupancy in urban hostels are used to derive indicators of the duration of movement. In conclusion, a number of policy and research implications are examined.

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Taylor, J., 1998, Measuring short-term population mobility among indigenous Australians: options and implications, Volume:29, Journal Article, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=4371.

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