Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Planning for Small Business

Are you looking for help in how to use ABS data for small business or franchise planning?

A new brochure Planning for Business has been released which outlines information available to assist new or established businesses with their planning and decision-making.

Case studies show how you can use ABS statistics to know your market, locate potential clients, target promotions, assess site location, grow your business, support your business case, improve your marketing strategy, or estimate your market share.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Bungy Jump Masters, Baristas, and Librarians:

How many live in your area? Find out with the latest release of data from the 2006 Census. New data includes employment, hours worked, occupation and industry, journey to work, highest educational qualification, and field of study.

Check out the Census Tables topic 'Occupation by Sex - Alternative View: Culture and Leisure' to find the number of Librarians or Bungy Jump Masters in your selected area (data is available down to a Suburb or Statistical Local Area geographic level); or view the counts for occupations in the areas of Agriculture, Health, Information and Communication Technology, or Tourism and Hospitality.

Occupation data is available coded according the new classification: the 2006 Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO), but is also available based on the previous classification: the 1993 Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), which was used in the 2001 Census. Responses on Census forms as to the main job held during the week prior to Census Night are assigned to the occupations listed in the Classification. The classification listing is hierarchical, allowing occupation data to be grouped to different levels - major, sub-major, minor etc, depending upon the level of detail required.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Think Census Think Geography

To use Census data you need to know two things: your topic and your geographic area of interest. Understanding how the ABS organises and labels geography is critical to using Census data effectively.

When choosing a location, the 'Browse' tab introduces you to ABS geography by offering a hierarchical listing of all Census areas currently available. From this list you can drill down to select your required level of detail, and also view maps showing the boundaries for each location.
The Browse tab is also the easiest way to find Census Collection Districts - the smallest level of data currently available.

To find a description of each geographic area - for example, what is an Urban Centre? What does the (C) or (S) or (T) after a place name mean? click on the Census help pages link Which location do I select?

To see a diagram showing how Census geographies are structured, check the Factsheet on 2006 Australian Standard Geographical Classification and Census Geographic Areas.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Electoral Division Rankings: Census 2006

The Parliamentary Library has released an analysis by Commonwealth electoral division of socio-demographic data from the first release of the 2006 Census. The electoral boundaries used in the paper are those applicable to the next federal election. The electoral division rankings cover a range of Census topics, including religion, ethnicity, families, income and education.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Test your Statistical Literacy

Introductory online modules about statistical literacy can be found on the University of Wollongong Graduate Attributes webpages. The modules aim to introduce some basic statistical concepts and develop skills in understanding and interpreting statistical information. Take the online quizzes to check your own statistical literacy skills.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Children & Youth Statistical Portal

A new online service that improves access to data about Australia's children has been released.
The Children and Youth Statistical Portal is both a catalogue of information resources, and a forum for researchers and users to discuss issues impacting on the visibility and accessibility of children and youth data. It includes information from the ABS as well as other government and private sector sources.

The portal is a pilot project for the National Data Network (NDN) - an online research and collaboration tool developed by an ABS led consortium of federal government, state bodies and research organisations. The NDN aims to improve the accessibility and use of all Australian statistics, and more topic-based portals are planned. Data is not stored on the NDN, instead data custodians provide a catalogue record and link to their data holdings.

For a comprehensive list of national children and youth data sources, see the ABS information paper Improving Statistics on Children and Youth: an Information Development Plan (cat. no. 4907.0) - 'Appendix 3: Available Information'.

Friday, October 5, 2007

2011 Census - Your Chance to Have a Say

The ABS will soon be inviting public comment on the content and procedures of the next Census. The invitation to have a say in the way the nation’s largest statistical collection is undertaken will be contained in the Information Paper: 2011 Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Content and Procedures, which will be released on 26 October 2007.

This is the first in a series of information papers about the 2011 Census. It marks the first step in the public consultation process for 2011 and outlines ABS proposals for the next Census.

Users of Census data and interested members of the public will be invited to make submissions on any aspect of the Census. Submissions may be lodged either online, electronically by email, or in hardcopy. The submission period will extend from 26 October 2007 to 31 March 2008.

Census Information Sessions

Information sessions on 2006 Census products and 2011 Census topic development are planned for each capital city during October and November 2007. These meetings are open to all interested members of the public and provide an opportunity to hear more about plans for the next Census, meet ABS staff and ask questions. Information about session times and locations in your state or territory is available via the 2011 Census webpages.

Walk to Work Day

Today is Australia's national Walk to Work Day. About 5% of Australia's workforce and students (18 years and over) usually walk or cycle to work or study. The two most important reasons why people usually walk or cycle are proximity of home to place of work or study (59%) and exercise and health (48%). For further information see Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0).

The upcoming second release of 2006 Census data will include statistics on Method of travel to work. Data on how people travelled to work on the day of the Census will be available on the website 25 October 2007.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Census Tables List

Want to know what Census tables are currently available, and which tables are coming? A full listing of 2006 Census tables and their release dates can now be accessed from the Census Tables Templates cat. no. 2057.0.55.001 (select the first file from the list under the Details tab).

Counting the Homeless

The 2006 Census is an essential source for data about housing circumstances across Australia, and includes counts of people who were sleeping out, or in refuges on Census night. However, identifying and measuring different types of homelessness can be a complex issue. Definitions of homelessness include primary, secondary, and tertiary homelessness.

The ABS is undertaking specific analysis of Census data to determine the level of homelessness at the time of the 2006 Census. A report on this analysis will be available in 2008. More information about the issues and methodologies relating to homelessness statistics can be found in the Australian Census Analytic Program: Counting the Homeless, 2001 (cat. no. 2050.0).

To access housing characteristics data currently available online: select the 2006 Census Tables product from the Census pages, and choose the topic 'Dwellings' under the 'Location on Census Night' count method option.
Dwelling Structure tables include the category ‘improvised home, tent and sleepers out’.
Type of Non-Private Dwelling by Person tables include categories such as 'hostel for the homeless, night shelter, refuge' and 'boarding house, private hotel'.

It is important to note that although these tables contain data about housing characteristics, homelessness statistics will not be available until the 2006 Counting the Homeless report is released next year.