The pool of municipalities used in the comparison report covers all municipalities in Australia. Your municipality’s “cohort” consists of other municipalities with a similar social, demographic and economic context. It does not account for “actions” that are being or have been undertaken, however it is a good starting point to see what other council areas may be good to connect with for shared learning.
While there are other factors that will shape the challenges and opportunities facing a municipality in terms of its emissions profile and emissions reduction, the characteristics used provide a basis for high level comparison. To determine a municipality’s cohort each council is mapped against every other council on the following areas:
• Total emissions • Population • Gross Regional Product (GRP) • Socio Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) rating
These comparisons are looking for a percentage variation; this is set at 20% absolute (i.e. positive and negative). Other municipalities that fall within this range are considered “cohorts”. Note that this approach does not ensure that the cohort developed for a council will match a cohort for another. I.e., If Municipality A has Municipality B within its cohort, it doesn’t necessarily mean that Municipality B will have Municipality A within its cohort. This is because it’s a percentage based approach.