Fiona Shalley

Bachelor of Science (Hons)/ Graduate Certificate of Statistics

Research Fellow

With a previous career spanning more than 20 years with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Fiona Shalley is an experienced data practitioner. This experience has included 2011 Census data collection management in Northern Australia, national household survey design, complex data processing activities, and statistical analysis and publication. Fiona has had particular interest in data about and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, being the immediate past Director of the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics. She is passionate about helping people to access and use the extensive ABS data holdings and has run workshops aimed at encouraging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers to gain quantitative data skills.

Fiona has worked with the CDU Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership, on Indigenous student access to higher education, and has co-authored a report providing a statistical overview of Aboriginal adult English literacy and numeracy skills in the Northern Territory.

She is now working with the Northern Institute Demography team and continues to share her knowledge and understanding of population data.

Research Interests

  • Enhancing quantitative data sources with qualitative research to enrich data story telling.
  • Supporting ethical data linkage and data integration to make the most of existing data sources.
  • Helping people to better understand the inherent uncertainty associated with population forecasts so they can make informed decisions for policy, planning, and infrastructure and business investments.
  • Visualising data to aid understanding and to make statistics more accessible.

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Research Projects

Current Projects

Fiona is currently working with Dr Tom Wilson on evaluating people’s understanding and use of population forecasts and investigating the best ways to communicate uncertainty in sub national population forecasting.

Fiona is also leading a cohort analysis of Indigenous students at CDU to investigate higher education success and levels of university degree completions. The project will add to previous qualitative research on Indigenous student successes in higher education and the factors that support this success.

Publications & Resources

Conference Proceedings & Papers

Australian Council for Adult Literacy Conference Symposium – September 12 – 14, 2017. Indigenous LLN: Statistics and the state of play

Aboriginal Adult English Language Literacy and Numeracy in the Northern Territory – A statistical overview.

Media Coverage

Journal article

Wilson T., & Shalley F. (2019). Subnational population forecasts: Do users want to know about uncertainty? Demographic Research. 41(13), 367–392. 10.4054/DemRes.2019.41.13

Wilson T., Shalley F., & Perales F. (2019). The geography of Australia's Marriage Law Postal Survey outcome. Area. 2019;00:1–12.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards

Memberships & Research Grants

Recipient of a 2017 National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education (NCSEHE) grant.

Fiona Shalley


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