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What is Distinctive about Your Community?

See Pages 8 and 9 of your
Community Social Profile

Explore what makes your community distinctive, in your CSP. You can Share it with others, Engage it with reflective questions, Dig Deeper into background research and national trends, or Apply it to your setting with worksheets and workshops. Choose an option to suit you.

Download your CSP and share
Churches can download a copy of their CSP, using their Admin Key on the NCLS website. The pdf file can be saved, emailed, uploaded, or a selection of pages can be printed from it.

Screen shots for power point and newsletters
Using a pdf version of your CSP, you can use the “Take a Snapshot” edit function in Adobe Acrobat Reader, to copy a section and paste it into a document or a power point presentation.

Questions to ask about your Community’s Distinctiveness
As you look at your Distinctiveness chart on page 9:
• Which characteristics do you have a much higher proportion of, compared to most Australian suburbs?
• Which characteristics do you have a much lower proportion of, compared to most Australian suburbs?
• What makes your community distinctive compared to other areas in Australia?
• How similar are you to the Australian norm?
• How does this information affect your church’s ministries to the local community?

Prepare a report on your CSP
You might like to use the questions above or Worksheet 5 in your Workbook to summarise key points to share with others in your church or community.

What is Distinctive?
The CSP pages titled ‘What is distinctive’ show how your community compares to the national average on the twelve key demographic indicators.

Look down each column to see two sample indicators for each category. Look across each of the five horizontal bands to find out whether your local area’s percentage values for each indicator are higher or lower than the value for Australia as a whole.

The two red bands, labelled with arrows that point upward, are above or well above the Australian average. The two yellow bands, labelled with downward pointing arrows, are below or well below the Australian average. The middle orange band, labelled with an equals sign, shows characteristics similar to the Australian average.

Because of the spread of the Australian population, some indicators will have a bias. For example, communities in major urban areas are more likely to have well above average proportions of their population born in Non- English speaking countries.

More about Distinctiveness in the Detailed Review
Detailed Review pages also provide the average Australian percentage in 2011. The symbols help you easily find where your community is most distinctive.

Double or single arrows show that the indicator falls either above or below the national average.

If the community is similar to the Australian average this is shown with an equals sign (=).

How the NCLS Distinctiveness Chart was calculated
Step 1: Divide Australia into State Suburbs (or localities). See cat. no. 2905.0 for more information.
Step 2: Calculate percentage value for each State Suburb for each indicator.
Step 3: Divide all State Suburbs into five equal groups or bands (20% each).
Step 4: Calculate the percentage value for the community for each indicator.
Step 5: Identify which of the five groups it is comparable to and place the icon in the relevant band on the Distinctiveness chart in the CSP.

See the Community Social Profile Guide for more information, including Technical Notes and how to understand Tables, Maps and Graphs. [See p. 10 of Guide]

Workshop processes to walk through your CSP
There are a variety of Workshop Processes in your Workbook to plan effective ways to improve your connections to the wider community.

Worksheets for use
A selection of Worksheets are available in your Workbook to use alongside your CSP, to look at your community, chart connections and apply the information.

The CSP, Workbook and Guide can be accessed online by those churches who purchase their Community Connections Pack. Enter your Admin Key under "Administer Your Church". Your Admin Key was included on the cover letter in your Pack.

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