Northern Rivers: Socio-economic vulnerability assessment of the grazing sector

In this case study, we present a socio-economic vulnerability assessment of the Northern Rivers grazing sector. The grazing sector is defined using Australian Bureau of Statistics' classifications. The potential vulnerability of the grazing sector is assessed using five factors known to shape socio-economic vulnerability: a) percentage of the labour force employed in agriculture; b) geographic remoteness; c) socio-economic advantage/disadvantage; d) economic diversity; and e) age. Each factor is considered one line of evidence. Areas in which multiple lines of evidence intersect suggest higher potential vulnerability than areas in which fewer lines intersect. Areas of high potential vulnerability are then compared to the areas that are characterised by high reliance upon the grazing sector. Reliance upon the grazing sector is indicated by: a) percentage of the gross value of grazing commodities produced; and b) percentage of the labour force employed in grazing. The full assessment is presented in the commentary document. The brochure presents a profile of the Northern Rivers grazing sector. Individual map documents are also provided.



Detailed Descriptions
Case Study
160499 - Human Geography not elsewhere classified , 050205 - Environmental Management, 160305 - Population Trends and Policies , 050209 - Natural Resource Management
Geographic and Temporal Extents
Northern Rivers
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University of the Sunshine Coast
Erin F Smith; Noni Keys; Scott Lieske; Timothy F Smith
Smith, E., Keys, N., Lieske, S. & Smith, T. (2014) Socio-economic Vulnerability Assessment of the Northern Rivers Grazing Sector, prepared as part of the East Coast NRM Cluster, University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs, Queensland, Australia.
Timothy F Smith, Sustainability Research Centre, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC. Email: