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Education Geographics

Education Geographics unlocks the secrets to the drivers of your school enrolments. Who are your parents? What can their own background tell you about what they want from your school? How do you talk to them on social media? Can they afford your fees? Where can you find more of them? How can you transport them to your school?

Australian Development Strategies

ELABORATE is the name given to both the database and the analytical techniques developed by Australian Development Strategies Pty Ltd (ADS) principals during 45 years of experience in using demographic analysis, profiling and mapping to solve practical problems.

Health Geographics

Health Geographics is a new company established by ADS to link the health component of the Elaborate database with an online Antivia dashboard and Esri maps, to develop a new business focussing on health and welfare services, our fastest growing industry group, which has generated one in three Australian jobs in the last decade.

Health Geographics provides online dashboards and maps highlighting investment risks and opportunities for Australian Health and Welfare sectors.

 

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Australian Labour Force May 2017

TRADIES UP, BUT CLERKS & SALES JOBS DISAPPEAR

The national Year on Year employment to population ratio and the participation rate stopped their downward slide during the February

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johnblack August 25 ,2017

CLERKS REPLACE TRADIES AS DOMINANT ALP BLOC

One in four women work as professionals. Their support for Labor candidates steadily increased from 1980 under Coalition Prime Minister

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johnblack August 07 ,2017

WE’RE BACK! SPATSIZI LODGE, BC

Now I’m a sensitive Green kind of guy, but when you’re up this close, I think it’s fair to say

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johnblack August 03 ,2017

FINALLY GOING BACK IN 2017 TO REVIST SPATSIZI

Twelve years ago at a Vancouver airport lounge, a tall Prussian looking gentleman strode past me, carrying a four piece

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johnblack January 06 ,2017

DEMOGRAPHIC GUIDE TO 2016 ELECTIONS

ADS, in conjunction with ESRI and Map Data Services, have produced a dashboard and linked interactive maps, to show you

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johnblack June 23 ,2016

Wetting a line in Rugby Territory

John Black – Fly fishing Cape Town, South Africa If Rugby Union is indeed the sport for thugs played by

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johnblack April 01 ,2015

JOB MARKET CHANGES HIT SCHOOLS & UNIS

Only about 45 per cent of year 12 students from Government schools in 2015 said they had a Bachelor degree

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johnblack January 05 ,2017

MIDDLE CLASS JOBS HOLLOWING OUT

78,300 full time jobs were lost for Tradesmen and Tradeswomen in the past year, virtually all of them in the

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johnblack January 05 ,2017

OWEN RIVER LODGE HIGHLIGHTS 2015/16

Running a fishing lodge can be a complex thing. There are so many variables to take into account, without doubt,

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johnblack August 09 ,2016

Photo Essay From Kiwi Guide Zane Mirfin

This summer – apart from a brief early season trip to Owen River Lodge – I haven’t had a chance to

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johnblack May 20 ,2016
Don Dunstan

SA 1973 to 1977

Project One – The South Australian Research This is the original research carried out by John Black while working on

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johnblack June 28 ,2016

EDUCATION SECTOR CHANGES 2008-2015

The Australian economy has been hit by a series of economic upheavals and mixed economic responses from Governments since the

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johnblack April 19 ,2016

A big one that didn’t get away

I’m standing in the front of a small wooden dinghy which is floating on a remote loch in the central

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johnblack March 05 ,2016
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LABOUR MARKET – NOV QUARTER 2015

The labour market entered a period of recovery in the 12 months leading up to the November Quarter 2015, when

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johnblack January 24 ,2016
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Nov 2015 Australian Jobs Update

The Australian Labour market began a recovery phase in mid-2014 and this now appears to be continuing, despite fluctuations in

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johnblack December 10 ,2015

Do you want healthy living with that green tea?

A wedding invitation from an old friend who is a Chinese Australian took me unexpectedly on my first trip to

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johnblack December 05 ,2015
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October 2015 – Australian Jobs Update

The Australian Labour market began a recovery phase in mid-2014 and this now appears to be continuing, despite fluctuations in

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johnblack November 12 ,2015

OWEN RIVER LODGE – CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT ALL AGAIN

Bottom line with any trip is whether you’d do it again. With Owen River Lodge the answer is yes and

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johnblack October 18 ,2015

AUG QTR 2015 – AUSTRALIAN JOBS PROFILE

Summary : Signs of recovery detected in May Quarter Labour Force figures have evaporated. Year on Year figures to August

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johnblack October 16 ,2015

AUSTRALIAN ELECTION PROFILES 1966 TO 1980

PROJECT 1  – South Australia  1973 to 1977 PROJECT 2A, B & C – Any election you win is a good

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johnblack September 28 ,2015
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Demographic Strategy for Historic ALP Win

The historic election win by Bob Hawke in 1983 set Labor up for more than a decade of reformist Governments.

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johnblack September 18 ,2015

MAY QTR 2015 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

The Labour Market national summary figures look strong, but a detailed examination shows structural and demographic weaknesses. Many of the

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johnblack July 10 ,2015

Roller Coaster for Grown ups

NIMMO BAY Canada. http://nimmobay.com/   Talk about an adrenalin rush. I’m strapped down tight in a Bell Jet helicopter two

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johnblack July 03 ,2015

2015 NSW State Election Profile

The current study takes a close look at the demographic characteristics of New South Wales voters who supported Labor or

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johnblack April 03 ,2015
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Australian Jobs profile for Feb Qtr. 2015

This report focuses on participation rates and the political and welfare links to participation rates across regions. It starts with

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johnblack March 26 ,2015

Labour Market – Feb Quarter 2015

Job losses in Northern NSW to impact State Poll According to the latest ABS labour market statistics more than 55,000

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johnblack March 23 ,2015

2015 – Qld State Election Report

A week after the election on January 31, it is still unclear which of the two major parties will form

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johnblack February 06 ,2015

Small Streams Big Thrills

I learned to fly fish 23 years ago, on the beautiful Bundara River at Anglers Rest in North East Victoria.

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johnblack January 12 ,2015

DEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF QLD VOTES IN 2012

The strongest swings against the ALP in 2012 were from Labor’s own 2009 Labor voters. This swing correlation of minus

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johnblack July 16 ,2014

MAY QTR 2014 – LABOUR FORCE PARTICIPATION RATE MAP

  To locate a postcode, type your postcode into the search window and hit enter. Click on the search result

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johnblack July 15 ,2014

MAY QTR 2014 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

Originally published in “The Australian”   During the 12 months to May 2014, YoY employment growth was 99,400, unemployment growth

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johnblack July 15 ,2014

PREDICTED 2 PARTY PREFERRED SWING

Postcodes that swing to the coalition are shown in blue. Postcodes that swing to Labor are in Yellow – Red.

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johnblack July 10 ,2014

FEB 13 to FEB 14 -CHANGE IN UNEMPLOYMENT RATE

  To locate a postcode, type your postcode into the search window and hit enter. Click on the search result

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johnblack July 10 ,2014

NOV 2007 to NOV 2013 – CHANGE IN PARTICIPATION RATES

To locate a postcode, type your postcode into the search window and hit enter. Click on the search result and

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johnblack July 10 ,2014

2013 FEDERAL ELECTION MAP BY POSTCODE

Postcodes that swing to the coalition are shown in blue. Postcodes that swing to Labor are in Yellow – Red.

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johnblack July 04 ,2014

FEB 2014 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

  The reader is advised that Labour Market data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics has undergone a major

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johnblack April 27 ,2014

2008 GIPPSLAND BY BY-ELECTION

2008 Gippsland by By-Election The first thing that stands out with the booth profile of the Gippsland by-election results is

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johnblack January 17 ,2014

SEPT 2013 – FEDERAL ELECTION PROFILE

Developed by Australian Development Strategies. The results of the profile and the modelling show that Labor lost support from its

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johnblack November 26 ,2013

AUG 2013 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

This profile is based on jobs data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The primary source is the monthly

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

Mar 2001 – Ryan By-Election Analysis

ALP Two Party Preferred Swings, Demographic Correlations for Ryan 1998 Federal Election and 2001 By-election.   Download  Ryan By-Election Analysis

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johnblack November 27 ,2013

2011 New South Wales Election Profile

We normally look at a chart showing swings to and from political parties by a specific demographic group and it

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johnblack March 21 ,2015

NOV 2012 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

This profile is based on jobs data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The primary source is the monthly

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

Demographic Winners & Losers in 2014

We have been saying for some time that any improvement in the labour market could be identified by a rise

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johnblack January 07 ,2015

AUG 2012 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

This profile is based on jobs data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The primary source is the monthly

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

FEB 2012 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

This is the first time we have modelled per capita employment as well as unemployment and it was felt to

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

NOV 2011 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

After four years of Labor Governments Australia’s unemployment level has risen by 130,000, with the original rate of unemployment up

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

AUG 2011 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

This profile is based on data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The primary source is the monthly Labour

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

MAY 2011 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

From May 2010 to May 2011the unemployment rate dropped from 5.2 percent to 5.0 percent, still about one percent higher

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

FEB/MAR 2011 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

Our latest pre Budget profile on unemployment to March 2011shows that about half of last year’s school leavers, who would

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

AUG 2010 – AUSTRALIAN JOB PROFILE

The recession is well and truly over, with demand for high SES jobs now so high that unemployment in August

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johnblack September 08 ,2013

MAY 2010 – RUIN

 The Unemployment Profiles from May 2009 to May 2010  The recession is well and truly over, with demand for high

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johnblack December 24 ,2013

FEB 2010 – RUIN – LGAQ

Regional Unemployment Index (RUIN) – February 2010 Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland. The picture to February 2010. Since

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johnblack December 27 ,2013

2010 – FEDERAL ELECTION PROFILE

Whereas the 2007 election result represented faith and resurgence for the ALP, the 2010 result showed a Labor Party profile

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johnblack September 08 ,2013

2010 – VICTORIAN STATE ELECTION PROFILE

Labor lost the 2010 Victorian elections with swings to the Liberals from normally solid Labor demographics, such as female white

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johnblack September 08 ,2013

JUN 5/6 2010 – WEALTHY GREENS NEW DLP – The Weekend Australian

In all the millions of dollars the Prime Minister and Treasurer spent on market research and advertising plans for their

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johnblack September 09 ,2013

Aug 2009 – RUIN – LGAQ

Regional Unemployment Index (RUIN) for August 2009 Sponsored by the Logan Government Association of Queensland The picture in August. The

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johnblack December 27 ,2013

May 2009 – RUIN – LGAQ

Regional Unemployment Index (RUIN) – May 2009 Sponsored by Local Government Association of Queensland. Reading the report From the top,

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johnblack December 27 ,2013

Apr 2009 – Qld Election Report

Our ADS Elaborate modelling explained 96 percent of the variance in the 2PP ALP vote at the Queensland elections on

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johnblack September 08 ,2013

Nov 2008 – RUIN

Regional Unemployment Index (RUIN) November – 2008 Towards the end of 2008, it was apparent Australia was entering a major

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johnblack December 27 ,2013

2007 – Election Profile

Kevin Rudd in 2007 achieved the impossible and breathed life into the Whitlam era blue collar Labor voter. Across Australian

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johnblack September 09 ,2013

Jul 2001 – Aston By-Election Analysis

Demographic Correlations for ALP Swing in Aston By-Election, July 2001 Download  ASTON BY-ELECTION ANALYSIS    

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johnblack November 27 ,2013

Where the ALP lost its longtime supporters

LAST Saturday, in polling booths inside $14.2 billion worth of new school halls constructed under Labor’s Building the Education Revolution

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johnblack September 16 ,2013

1998 – Election Profile

  Electoral Snakes and Ladders Anyone who has played snakes and ladders knows that, just before the winning square, there

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johnblack September 09 ,2013

Religion and Politics

In the 2007 election, we saw significant swings to the Christian Kevin Rudd led Labor Party across seats where religions

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johnblack September 09 ,2013

Notes on Political Economy June 10

In this note we are presenting some data relevant to the current Australian political economy, where we are in the

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johnblack September 09 ,2013

May Regional Unemployment Index

The May 2010 Regional Unemployment Index (RUIN) shows that the 2009 downturn is well and truly over, with demand for

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johnblack September 09 ,2013

The original One Nation Profile

Back in 1998 the major parties were under pressure from One Nation, particularly in the State of Queensland, where the

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johnblack September 08 ,2013

Impact of the GFC on Education

Read the latest report on the impact the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) has had on education costs on Australian enrolments

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johnblack September 08 ,2013

What Our Clients Say

As a result of the work we have done with ADS and Business Geographics, our approach to future enrolment recruitment has become far more strategic, focussed and efficient. In particular, the geo-coding of enrolments has enabled us to recalibrate our bus runs… so as to maximise service to families with enrolled students in 2015. Really useful data.

Geoff McLay

( Principal - West Moreton Anglican College )

ADS demographic profiling has helped us focus marketing initiatives in areas where we could make the biggest enrolment gains. ADS also coordinated a follow up phone survey which was valuable in a number of ways. It led to several parents contacting the College for more information, assisted the College to better understand the thinking behind the decision making of parents in the local area and provided a new perspective on current and future bus routes. I would recommend the process to any school looking for new insights into how to gain enrolments.

Steve Croft

( Head of College - Springfield Anglican College )

Our College has used the services of John Black (ADS) for many years now, and reliable statistics with great interpretation has given our Board and Executive greater confidence about the marketplace than we could possibly have otherwise. Every school should be watching its market and demographics closely, and in this field, the work of John Black (ADS) is outstanding

Pastor Ron Woolley

( Headmaster - Citipointe Christian College )

These new on line reports and the format they are presented on are fantastic. There is a lot of rich data there that would have gathered dust in the hard copy of the report, but the interactivity of the site is much more conducive to digesting the material. One key to making this useful is your interpretation and descriptions for the items like Stereotypes, Demographics, etc. Thanks for taking us on as a demonstration school. I hope you benefit from it as much as we are.

Stephen Cooke

( Business Manager - St Andrews Lutheran College )

John Black, through ADS and Education Geographics has assisted our strategic marketing, enrolment targeting, bus routes and aided in a deeper understanding of our current parent demographics and the overall demographics of our drawing area. This has been done via data sets, presented as interactive maps and easy to understand visual information. The interactive maps and visual information comes with easy to understand instructions and most importantly, accurate analysis.

Allen Shaw

( Principal and Chief Executive - The Knox School )

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