How many users would be able to access the package?REMPLAN is delivered as an online “cloud” application and there are no limits to the number of staff able to access the package. Therefore, REMPLAN can be accessed online by any staff members of an organisation with a current subscription.
Why is there REMPLAN software as well as public profiles?Our public access profiles are designed to inform a range of audiences, including investors, government agencies and the media, about the unique characteristics of your area’s communities and the local economy. The profiles ‘keep it simple’ with a view to maximising the usefulness of these resources for the greatest number of people possible.
REMPLAN software on the other hand is designed specifically for planners, economic development practitioners and researchers. People in these roles require richly detailed data across all available economic and demographic variables, with the ability to analyse information in a spatial context right down to the smallest geographies. REMPLAN Economy and Community software has been designed with these needs in mind.
By having both profiles and software we can address the requirements of many audiences at the same time, without having to compromise the need for detailed insights on one hand with ensuring that information is accessible to the general public on the other.
Does the package have flexibility to do scenarios/case studies?Yes, direct change scenarios can be applied to the REMPLAN package to estimate, on a region-specific basis, the likely flow-on industrial and consumption impacts in terms of employment, output, wages & salaries and value-added / Gross Regional Product (GRP). Modelling in REMPLAN Community can access the potential impacts on housing demand associated with a change to local population and vice versa.
Is REMPLAN data consistent across Australia?From the first version of REMPLAN back in 1999 through to its latest iteration today, REMPLAN data is consistent across time periods, and consistent across regions. For example, data for Parramatta in New South Wales can be compared on a like-with-like basis with data for the Pilbara in Western Australia. This consistency is of great benefit for larger companies operating across multiple regions, and also to federal and state government agencies that access strategic plans and funding applications across many regions.
Are REMPLAN estimates of Gross Regional Product (GRP) consist with the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) estimates of Gross State Product (GSP)?Detailed ABS place of work by industry sector employment data provides the basis upon which the size and characteristics of a region’s economy are estimated in REMPLAN Economy. For 114 industry sectors we estimate contributions to employment, output, wages and salaries, regional exports and imports, and value-added. Value-added by industry is the major component in our estimate of GRP for each region. REMPLAN estimates of GRP for all local government areas across a state equal the ABS’ latest estimate of GSP for that state.
Are REMPLAN’s economic estimates recognised by government agencies, universities and major consulting firms?Since 1999 REMPLAN economic models and datasets have been exposed to an unprecedented level of external review and scruitiny. REMPLAN was the first organisation in Australia to build economic modelling software for use by planners and economic development practitioners in local government. For every REMPLAN package we have delivered to a council we have had to pass the local knowledge test; which we have consistently done for more than ten years. In terms of transparency, REMPLAN economic models continue to be unique in Australia in that the database that underpins the models is delivered with the software. This database can be sent to any third party or published online. We are of the firm view that this level of openness has built an understanding of and trust in the data, and that this has led to the take up of REMPLAN by universities, state and federal government agencies and major consulting firms.
What does REMPLAN Community offer that I can’t get directly from the ABS?
A great deal of demographic data is available for free from the ABS. ABS’ Table Builder product also makes access to very detailed data very cost effective. The cost of working with data from the ABS relates to the value of your time; and our time when we are working on a consultancy. Data from the ABS is generally provided in a spread sheet format, which means that the information needs to sorted into relevant categories and geographies and then presented as an engaging graph or map. Even a relatively simple undertaking can take many hours, and time is money. In REMPLAN Community the entire ABS Census dataset, down to the finest level of detail and for the smallest geographical areas, is organised, graphed and mapped. Any areas can be combined to generated place-specific graphs, charts and maps that are ready to paste into a report; any Census measure/s can be selected to generate reports and thematic ‘heat’ maps. Data is provided for 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 Census years. REMPLAN Community also features dynamic population and housing modelling capabilities allowing you to run scenarios such as:
Do we have the flexibility of using our own geographic areas? Are we able to combine several LGAs to form one region?Yes. We can provide REMPLAN datasets based on any single or combination of destination zones, LGAs and statistical areas up to State level.
Does the package make use of business databases?Yes. If you have access to Australian Business Register (ABR) or other business databases then we can geo-code the business addresses and present via REMPLAN: http://www.remplan.com.au/blog/2011/10/GIS_Made_Easy
Does REMPLAN provide population and employment forecasts?The REMPLAN Forecast module is offered as an option with the REMPLAN Community Package. Forecasts include population, households and dwellings projections to 2036, down to small areas and for single years of age. At the request of clients we can also incorporate official state government and ABS forecasts as it is often mandatory to use official estimates when applying for government funding and resources. In relation to employment, forecasts for local workers and working residents, for 19 industry sectors to the next Census year are provided. <
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