Small area wellbeing and quality of life

Small area wellbeing and quality of life

This project extracts a dataset that allows users to derive tables of subjective wellbeing for small areas. These are the number and per cent of people in the area with life satisfaction 0 – 10; 10 – 20; 20 – 30; 30 – 40; 40 – 50; 50 – 60; 60 – 70; 70 – 80; 80 – 90; and 90 – 100. Data are also provided for the broad groups 0 – 60; 70; and 80 and above.

Project overview

There are no datasets in Australia that are able to provide estimates of subjective wellbeing for small areas. There are a number of community surveys which provide estimates for some communities, includingCommunity Indicators Victoria; and the survey of Sustainable Communities in the Murray Darling Basin. However, there is no estimate of small area subjective wellbeing across the whole of Australia.

This project aims to overcome this problem using spatially micro-simulated small area indicators of subjective wellbeing derived from the Australian Quality of Life survey (AuQOL) and the Australian Census.

Proportion of people with high subjective wellbeing_see User Manual for rest

Proportion of people with high subjective wellbeing

Proportion of people with low subjective wellbeing_see User Manual for rest

Proportion of people with low subjective wellbeing


Project output

  • Review of the literature on wellbeing and the appropriate benchmarks to derive small area estimates of wellbeing
  • Extraction of relevant reliable small area (SLA) variables from the Census to benchmark to
  • Benchmarking of the AuQOL survey data to Census variables to derive weights for each SLA
  • Validation of the subjective wellbeing estimates using other surveys
  • Incorporation of the dataset into NATSEM’s REST based service

 


Project team

The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM) is a research centre within the Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis at the University of Canberra conducting research on disadvantage on a number of domains. In recent years, they have developed a spatial microsimulation model that allows small area estimates of disadvantage to be derived from survey unit record files. The method allows tables to be derived using many of the variables on the original unit record file. The method has been used to derive small area estimates of poverty by family type; housing stress; and projections of poverty rates for different age groups.

The Australian Centre on Quality of Life is a research centre at Deakin University conducting research into quality of life and wellbeing. The centre runs the Australian Quality of Life survey for Australian Unity, providing national estimates of changes in the quality of life.

Robert Tanton betterProf Robert Tanton (Main Contact)
Team Leader
NATSEM
University of Canberrra
02 6201 2769
Robert.Tanton@natsem.canberra.edu.au
Robert-Cummins_webProf Bob Cummins
Australian Centre on Quality of Life
ItismitaDr Itismita Mohanty
NATSEM
University of Canberra
Marcia-Keegan-web-160x160Dr Marcia Keegan
NATSEM
University of Canberra

 


Project partners

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Further reading

Tanton, R, Cummins R, and Mohanty, I 2012, ‘Small area estimates of subjective wellbeing using a spatial microsimulation model: First steps’, Presentation to International Microsimulation Association European Conference, Dublin, 17 – 19 May.