Q1. DESCRIBE THE
DIVERSITY OF THE COMMUNITY YOU ARE WORKING IN WITHIN YOUR PSA.
The largest ethnic group within the Yarra PSA are
persons born in Australia. As of 2016, 61.3% (53,613 people) of residents
living in the Yarra area were Australian born, followed by English citizens,
which total 3.8% (3,341) and Vietnamese-born residents totalling 3% (2,621) of
the population (Australian Bureau of Statistics., 2017).
According to the
Australian Bureau of Statistics, the median age of those living in Yarra at the
time of census was 33 years old. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 11.2% of the
population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.5% of the population (Australian Bureau of
(ABS – Data Quality Statement for Age, 2017)
As of the 2016 census, 87,453 people live in the Yarra
PSA. Of that figure, 48.5% identified as male, whilst 51.5% identified as
female (Australian Bureau of Statistics., 2017).
The largest age to sex ratio in the Yarra PSA is
females between the ages of 25-29, who make up 8.5% of the total population.
The male ratio follows closely within the same age group, amounting to 7.6% of
the population (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2017)
Data gathered between 2006 and 2011 show that persons requiring
assistance due to their physical abilities has grown by 13%. The Yarra City council
estimates that approximately 1 in 10 people within the PSA have a ‘physical
disability’ (Yoursay-Yarra City Council, 2016).
(Australian Bureau of Statistics – Population and
According to the Australian Human Rights commission (AHRC),
there are difficulties estimating and gathering data on the amounts of LGBTI
persons in particular areas (Butler, 2012). There is no
specific data available for the Yarra PSA.
However, the AHRC believe that up to 11% of the total
Australian population identifies as LGBTI (Australian Human Rights Commission, 2012).
The Yarra PSA is located in the heart of Melbourne in
close proximity to the CBD. The PSA consists of the Richmond, Fitzroy and
Collingwood police stations who work closely with the Melbourne North and
Melbourne East/West police stations.
As a result, tasking units and specialist units
(CIRT/SOG/BRU) are able to assist Yarra units at in a timely fashion whenever
required. (Noted from my DTW placements)
Key locations within the Yarra PSA include the
Richmond and Collingwood train stations, St. Vincent’s Hospital, the MCG and
(Screenshot provided from .idcommunity)
As of the 2016 census, there are 22,060 (27.8%) people
whom are married and residing within the Yarra PSA and over the age of 15. 13,351
people (20%) are recorded as being in De facto marriages/relationships and
34,779 (52.2) are unmarried. (Australian Bureau of Statistics – Population and
Within the PSA, 30.0% of people were attending an educational
institution. Of these, 14.5% were in primary school, 9.9% in secondary school
and 36.7% in a tertiary or technical institution. The majority of students attend
Government facilities with a total of 4,278 students attending Government
primary and secondary institutions.
private schools also prove popular amongst residents, with a total of 1,043
students attending Non-Government institutions and 1,088 attending private
of residents reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of
educational attainment, 6.5% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 7.6% had
completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma. Only 1.1% (876) of people stated they
had received no formal education(Australian Bureau of
69.5%, or 35,628 residents aged over 15 hold full time
employment. 24.8% hold current, part time employment and 5.2% are unemployed.
Statistically, unemployment is reasonably low compared to the state average of
6.6% and the national average of 6.9% (Australian Bureau of Statistics.,
The majority of those that reside in the Yarra PSA
work, on average, 40 or more hours per week. 53.4% work at least 40 hours, with
only 8.8% of residents working under 15 hours per week (Australian
Bureau of Statistics., 2017).
The LGA community profile of Yarra (2011) states that
39.7% of residents hold no religious affiliation. 19.9% identify as Catholic,
7.5% as Anglican and 5,3% as Buddhist (Australian Bureau of Statistics
(ABS) 2011, Census of Population and Housing, ABS, Canberra., 2011)
The overall median income of households in Yarra was $1,958
as of 2016. 33% of those who live within the City of Yarra earned a combined
household income of more than $2500 per week in 2016. Data from the 2016 census
shows that overall, there is a higher percentage of high income households
($2,500p.w +) than low income households (less than $500p.w). In comparison, a
total of 32.6% of total households earn a ‘high income’, or $2,500 plus per
week, while 15.7% were ‘low income’ households (Profile.ID,