Thursday, May 27, 2010

All your questions answered

The ABS has recenly released a series of FAQs on a range of topics. The FAQs are designed to assist you to find the information and statistics you're looking for.

Check out the FAQs page on the ABS website, for answers to these questions, and many more:

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Regional Data Easier to Find

Did you know that the Local Government Area of Cue in Western Australia has the highest proportion of motor vehicles over ten years old (74%)? Or that Victor Harbor in SA and Queenscliffe in Victoria have the greatest proportion of people aged over 65 (32%) but very different average incomes?

These and other data for regions can be found in the latest edition of the ABS National Regional Profile (NRP), released on 29 April.

The NRP contains data 'snapshots' for over 2,000 regions across Australia, with five years of data (2004-2008) where it is available. The profiles contain a range of data from the ABS and other sources, for geographic areas such as Statistical Local Areas and Local Government Areas right up to state/territory and Australia. The data is presented for all years on common boundaries, making it easy to compare data over time.

This new issue of the NRP contains more data, and a new look designed to make it easy to find a regions(s) of interest. This can be all accessed directly from the ABS Home page.

The NRP contains:

  • Estimates of unemployment
  • Taxation statistics
  • Selected Government pensions and allowances
  • Estimates of personal income
  • Wage and salary earners
  • Estimates of household wealth
  • Counts of businesses, including entries and exits
  • Estimated Resident Population
  • Population density
  • Indigenous Estimated Resident Population
  • Various 2006 Census data (e.g. occupation, qualifications)
  • Births and Deaths
  • Building Approvals
  • Motor Vehicle Census
  • Value of agricultural production
  • Agricultural commodities
  • Land area
  • Water Use on Australian Farms
A new, easy to use entry point

There is now a new entry point to find a region of interest. This uses an interactive Google map and region list. A range of updated 'help' material is also available, including short video demonstrations.

Find the NRP

The NRP entry page can be accessed directly via the following link:

Demonstration videos can be found at:

Monday, April 19, 2010

Australia's Health Check - Obesity remains a concern

The National Health Survey: Summary of Results; Australia 2007- 08 (Reissue) ( 4364.0) provides a general snapshot of the health of Australians every three years.

Information is collected about long-term medical conditions, lifestyle factors, consultations with health professionals and other actions such as medication use. Some of the key health risk factors are obesity, alcohol consumption and smoking.

Overweight and Obesity
More adult Australians were overweight or obese in 2007-08 compared with 1995. Using the Body Mass Index (BMI) approach, the ABS found that 68% of adult men and 55% of adult women were overweight or obese in 2007-08. This is an increase over 12 years as only 64% of men and 49% of women were overweight or obese in 1995.

Alcohol consumption
Approximately 68% of men and 51% of women consumed alcohol in the week prior to the 2007-08 National Health Survey. Most of these adults (79%) consumed alcohol at a level that poses a low health risk.

One in five adults (20%) were current smokers in 2007-08 which was down from 23% in 2004-05. More men than women were current smokers (22% and 18% respectively).

Further details are in National Health Survey: Summary of Results; Australia 2007- 08 (Reissue) (cat. no 4364.0).

Results for states and the ACT are available in National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State tables, 2007-08 (Reissue) (cat. no 4362.0).

Friday, March 12, 2010

Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

The social, cultural and economic environment that a person lives in has a dramatic impact on their quality of life. These factors contribute to overall wellbeing, both of individuals and the communities of which they are a member. No single measure of wellbeing can evaluate an individual's progress over their lifetime or a community's progress over time. Rather, a range of measures can be used to map changes in health and living conditions over time.

The publication, Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010 ( 4703.0) describes a framework developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in conjunction with stakeholders, to measure the wellbeing of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The framework attempts to provide a holistic approach to the mapping of statistics about the wellbeing of Indigenous Australians. It is presented as a broad level document, balanced across selected themes or 'domains' including:
  • Culture, Heritage and Leisure
  • Family, Kinship and Community
  • HealthEducation
  • Learning and SkillsCustomary
  • Voluntary and Paid Work
  • Income and Economic Resources
  • Housing, Infrastructure and Services
  • Law and Justice
  • Citizenship and Governance

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Underemployed workers

The number of underemployed workers are an important component of underutilised labour resources in the economy.

Underemployed workers are defined as:
  • part-time workers who want, and are available for, more hours of work than they currently have, and
  • full-time workers who worked part-time hours during the reference week for economic reasons (such as being stood down or insufficient work being available).
Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2009 ( 6265.0) presents information about the characteristics of underemployed workers aged 15 years and over. A range of information is presented including the number of hours usually worked, number of preferred hours, steps taken to find work with more hours and difficulties finding work with more hours.

For time series information on the number of underemployed workers, users are advised to use the quarterly Labour Force Survey estimates. Trend and seasonally adjusted and original estimates are released monthly in Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6202.0), tables 19 to 20.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Have your say. What do you want from Census products?

The ABS is currently reviewing the way we deliver Census data, in preparation for developing products for 2011 Census output. It is very important to us to hear your experiences of using Census products, so that we can refine and improve the way we deliver Census data in the future.

We're looking for comments and suggestions from users about their experience of:
  • CData Online
  • Quick Stats
  • MapStats
  • Census Tables
  • Community Profiles
  • Data Packs
  • TableBuilder

If you'd like to provide feedback please take a few minutes to answer some questions by clicking on the attached link. Feedback closes on 1st February, at 11:30am.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Are you looking to develop your statistical skills in 2010?

Statistics are collected on most aspects of Australian life. They capture vital information about our economic performance, the well-being of our population and the condition of our environment.

In order to make sound judgements, it is essential that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills to understand, interpret and evaluate statistical information for research, planning and decision-making purposes.

The ABS provides a range of training courses to develop your statistical skills and to help you make the best use of ABS information. These training courses can assist you to develop your ability to understand statistical concepts; analyse and interpret data; design and develop survey questionnaires; and develop an understanding of labour, demographic and environmental statistics.

ABS training courses offered in 2010, include: