View heatmaps

Use the Data button to select an indicator to overlay as a heatmap on the map page.

  • You may need to scroll down on the right of your screen to access the full menu
  • Clicking ‘Data’ again will close the data menu

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Once you have chosen an indicator to view, Community Insight Australia will colour the map based on the data values. This will show how different areas compare for this indicator.

The data that you can map is a subset of over 500 indicators listed here: . The indicators you can see and the themes they are organised under are chosen by your group administrator. If you would like them changed, please contact your group administrator or email .

The data will be mapped using SA3, then SA2 and then SA1 areas. SA1 is the smallest area that census data is publicly available at, and is therefore used as the basis for all the maps in Community Insight Australia. These are areas constructed and defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. For more information about what they are and how they have been developed, please visit the ABS explanation.

The Info button

To find out more about the dataset you’re mapping, you can click on the Info button in the top right hand side of the map.

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Clicking on the info button will bring up the legend for the data values, detailing what the colours on the map represent for that particular indicator. Each colour represents 20% of the area of Australia for the top 20% of areas only. For the legend below, 20% of the SA2s in Australia are between 74 and 100, 20% are between 58 and 74 et cetera.

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When you zoom in, you may see only one or two colours. This is because the whole of Australia is used to make the colour categories, not just the areas you’re looking at. Or if you are mapping hotspots, The 5 colour bands are based on the top 1%, 1-5%, 5-10%, 10-15% and 15-20%. Other areas will be unshaded.

As you zoom in and out on the maps, the data values will change to represent SA1, SA2 and SA3 level data. The information includes the granularity or level that the data is published at. If the data is published for an area larger than SA1, we apportion it across the SA1s in that area according to population.

As you zoom into the map, the legend showing the data breakdown for the indicator you have selected will change from SA3, to SA2 to SA1.

To close the legend, click on the Info button again.

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About the indicator

To find out more about the dataset you are viewing, you can click About the Indicator.

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This will bring up the definition and information about the calculation of the indicator, including year of publication, frequency of publication and source. This source should be quoted when you republish statistics or images from Community Insight Australia.

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Data for your areas

If you would like to see estimates of indicator values and number of people for each of the areas of interest defined by your organisation’s users, click Data for your areas.

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This will open up a detailed breakdown of the data related to the selected indicator for your stock group.

You will be able to see the data aggregated for:

  • The whole of Australia: Use this to compare your areas against the national average
  • All your areas

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Click Download this dataset in CSV format to get the definition of the dataset and values for areas of interest.