All WhaleSongServices Clients have access to the rest of this client-portal that contains lots of data-related resources specifically tailored for them. This public page is provided to give you an idea of the role of data and research in our work.

Youth Labour Markets

We know labour markets work differently for the young.

As detailed in the International Labour Organisation’s Key Indicators of the Labour Market [KILM] it is generally understood that Youth Unemployment runs at some-where between two [2] to three [3] times the base “adult” or “standard” unemployment rate. 

In 2015, there were regions in Victoria where this ratio of “youth” to “adult” unemployment exceeded FOUR-TIMES [4] the adult rate and in some regions reached FIVE-TIMES [5] the adult rate.  These numbers were ‘globally’ significant.

We saw BIG improvements between 2015 and 2017 and now appear to be seeing significant variation and a loss of some of these gains in many regions. 


Homeless in Australia

Victorian Crime Statistics

There are many [and growing] public data sources that detail place-based measurements. The Victorian Crime Statistics Agency does a great job of providing timely, relevant and detailed community data.


Change in Victorian  Businesses

National Innovation Map

Australia’s Office of the Chief Economist has published a National Innovation Map. Business creation and innovation is influenced by proximity to other innovative activity including that of research organisations.

Geographic location is therefore a major influence on innovation and business creation.

Australia’s population demographics and geography are unique and unlike almost any other international region with close to 70 per cent of the population concentrated in five major cities.

Data Data Everywhere….

All good planning and decision making [whether for Business, Climate, Health or Education, just to name a few] relies on current, accurate and detailed information.

Good data.

Back in 2012 [on my personal blog], I posed the questions:

  • Are we using data effectively to address inequity in our communities?
  • What’s Happening?
  • Do we really know what is going on?
  • Are we able to make confident projections?

Perhaps simple questions, but I work with many groups and individuals that don’t “really” have the time to monitor many of the key metrics and indicators that are relevant for their work.

This is often what we call the challenge of “working in your business, not on it“, or put another way, being too busy with the urgent to deal with the important….

I spend a lot of time working with clients to collect, analyse, interpret and act-on data that is important and relevant for them.

Here is an example of Jobs Growth in Victoria until 2018

We also spend a lot of time reviewing our decisions and comparing data over time.

New tools and techniques are appearing all the time. Many web-based resources provide powerful and unique insights in to previously dense and complex data sets.

Visualizing complex data [or simple data, for that matter]  across time, can help uncover insights and patterns that would be difficult to discover using traditional two dimensional charts. It is also a very powerful way to share insights with non-specialist stakeholders and the wider general community.