Economic and Demographic Data

for the Cradle Coast region

Currently job vacancies and building approvals are high compared to the last ten years, population is growing and the employment projections are strong for the region. There is some difficulty recruiting reported by businesses and there is demand for workers to move to the region and upskilling in trades, engineering, early childhood, STEM teaching and health professionals. Rental vacancies across the region are low and there is a need for investment in residential housing which is seeing an increase in building approval rates relative to the last ten years.

Demographic data (council, region, state level) The Tasmania Regional Profile provides demographic analysis for the State and smaller areas within it based on results from the 2016, 2011, 2006 and 2001 Censuses of Population and Housing.

Demographic data spatial map (council, region, state level) The Tasmania Social Atlas presents Census data as a series of thematic maps that show how particular population groups are distributed across Tasmania. There are over 100 individual maps, each representing a community of interest, such as young children, or the elderly. The maps are created using data from the 2016 and 2011 Censuses of Population and Housing.

SEIFA Index (council, region, state level) Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed by the ABS that ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The indexes are based on information from the five-yearly Census.

Social Progress Index (state level) reporting on basic human needs, foundations of wellbeing and opportunity, data is collected and analysed by the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW Sydney in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology (CSI Swinburne) and The University of Western Australia.

Forward Predictions of economic growth/decline

Job Vacancies (region level) from the Labour Market Information Portal (see in page link to IVI Regional Data May 2010 onwards…)

Employment projections (region level) a project of what jobs have recently grown extrapolated into the future from the Labour Market Information Portal (see in page link to Regional projections spreadsheet five years from …)

Population Projections (state level) from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Indicators of current situation

Population estimates (council level) including the changes in population over the last 10 years from profile id

Building approvals (council level) from profile id

Rental Vacancy Rates (postcode level) from SQM research

Housing Prices (postcode level) from SQM research

Number of houses on the market (postcode level) from SQM research

Unemployment Rate (region level) (summary) from the Labour Market Information Portal

Unemployment Rate (region level) (detail) from the Labour Market Information Portal

Workforce shortages (regional level, state level) from the Labour Market Information Portal

Employer’s recruitment difficulty and methods of recruiting in the region and employment advice (regional level, by industry, state level) from the Labour Market Information Portal

Industry Specific Data

Tourism Visitor data (council, region, state level) from profile id

Agriculture economic data (council, region, state level) from profile id

Tasmanian Agriculture Scorecard from the State Government

Regional Industry data (multiple industries) – Labour Market Portal and Economy id

Skills and Careers Data

Careers Information (profiles of careers including links to employment needs, vacancy information and training)

Skills Tasmania Workforce Plans and Reports such as Agriculture, Construction, Renewable Energy and Mining industries

National Skills Commission reports and resources including what are emerging occupations

Why people are moving to the Cradle Coast


Regional Australia Institute Survey Results

Stories of people who have made the move

Regional Australia Institute MOVE tool (household financial outcome comparison regions to cities)

NBN Co Survey Results

Federal Government Migration Policy Summary 2021-22

Grant Funding Information

Funding Finder – grants available for community and business in the Cradle Coast

COVID Impact in Tasmania Survey Results

University of Tasmania’s Tasmania Project