SHOROC State of the Region Report

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Key Indicators

Percentage of residents who work within the region: ‘Employment Self-Containment’.

Target (SHOROC Region) 

Maintain or increase the percentage of residents who work within the region over time.

What is the current trend?

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48.0% of SHOROC working residents are currently employed within the SHOROC Region as follows:

Employment location of Shore Regional Organisation of Councils’ residents








Percent (%)


Percent (%)

Within the SHOROC region





Outside the SHOROC region





Live within the SHOROC region, work location unknown





Employed residents of the SHOROC region





Source: Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011.

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Why use this indicator and what does this mean for the overall Health and Wellbeing of the SHOROC Region?

Self-containment measures the proportion of resident workers who are employed within the boundaries of the SHOROC Region. It also indicates the propensity of residents to seek employment outside the Local Government Area or region in which they live.

Self containment is influenced by a number of factors including:

  • The nature of employment opportunities versus the skills and qualifications of residents
  • Transport options available and commuting times
  • Relationship between wages and salaries and house prices in the area
  • The geographic size of the area

Planning for improved employment self-containment, via an increase in the percentage of SHOROC residents living and working within the region, has the benefit of reducing travel distances and subsequently:

  • Increasing opportunities for residents to walk and/or cycle to work (supporting healthy lifestyles and the environment)
  • Reducing excessive use and dependency on automobiles
  • Supporting an improved work life balance due to reduced commuting times
  • Reducing traffic congestion and pressure on public transport provisions
  • Reducing air and water pollution and depletion of natural resources

The challenge facing the SHOROC Region is to provide the required amount of employment in the Region that matches the skill sets and needs of local residents, supporting their ability to work and live within the Region. Affordable housing is also required to, for example enable lower paid service industry employees to work and live within the Region.  This indicator will monitor how the SHOROC Region is performing with respect to maintaining or improving employment self-containment over time.

Updated July 2013