Friday, May 30, 2008

Children and Youth News

The latest issue of Children and Youth News (cat. no. 4105.0) is now available. It includes articles on topics such as the amount of time parents spend with their children; how young people use their time; and more.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Venomous Data

Red back spiders, bees, snakes, or jellyfish?
Which animal causes the most hospitalisations in Australia?

Venomous bites and stings in Australia to 2005 was released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

This report describes the bites and stings due to contact with venomous animals and plants that resulted in a separation from an Australian hospital in the period 1 July 2002 to 30 June 2005. Analyses of bite and sting cases over time (1999–2005) are also presented.

Find data relating to deaths from contact with various venomous plants and animals in the latest ABS Causes of Death publication (cat. no. 3303.0).

How much do Australian households spend on health?

A snapshot of household expenditure on health 2004-05 was released today (cat. no. 4836.0.55.001).

It provides data relating to a range of areas, including:
  • average weekly expenditure on medical care and health expenses
  • expenditure on dental treatments
  • expenditure on accident and health insurance

It should be noted that this article is based mainly on data from the 2003–04 Household Expenditure Survey (HES) and the 2004–05 National Health Survey (NHS). Data are presented on a household, rather than an individual basis.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Historical schools data online

Schools statistics from 1960 onwards are now available on the ABS website.

The current publication Schools, Australia (cat. no. 4221.0) now includes issues from earlier publications under the Past and Future Releases tab. These issues have been digitised from paper copies of the original publications, and encompass several changes of title or catalogue number.

Summary schools data prior to 1960 can be found online in historical issues of Year Book Australia (cat. no. 1301.0).

Monday, May 26, 2008

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is an innovative web resource that makes information on Indigenous health easily accessible.

It aims to provide a 'one-stop info-shop' for people looking for quality, up-to-date knowledge and information about aspects of Indigenous health. It incorporates a range of ABS data.

The HealthInfoNet also supports 'yarning places' (electronic networks) that encourage information-sharing and collaboration among people working in health and related sectors.

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is part of the School of Indigenous Australian Studies at Edith Cowan University.

Animated Population Pyramids

A useful tool for demonstrating how Australia's population is changing over time, including population projections to 2051, can be found in the ABS animated population pyramids.

Data from 1971 onwards is available, and for each state and territory as well as Australia as a whole.

You can select your own age group and see it change over the years, with the option to highlight a surplus of males or females.

Access the pyramids via the Australia's Population quick link from the left of the ABS home page.

Arts and Culture

The latest update of Arts and Culture in Australia: a Statistical Overview, 2008 (cat. no. 4172.0) has just been released.

If you are looking for statistics about cultural tourism, the music industry, film and video, museums, arts education, employment and volunteers, or other arts and culture related data - this publication is essential. It brings together the latest data from a wide range of different sources.

Feature articles include a Libraries Factsheet: which provides information on topics such as 'Are some people more likely to visit libraries than others?'

Thursday, May 22, 2008

ACT Statistics

The first issue of the new publication inFACT (cat. no. 1308.8) was released today. It provides a comprehensive and detailed statistical overview of the Australian Capital Territory and surrounding region. It is the principal reference work produced by the ACT Office of the ABS, and replaces the previous compendium publications 'Australian Capital Territory in Focus' (cat. no. 1307.8) and ACT Stats (cat. no. 1344.8.55.001). It will be released on a quarterly basis.

What information can I find via inFACT?
A wide range of data from both ABS and non-ABS sources is available, including:

  • official population figures for Canberra suburbs (SLAs)
  • number of schools in the ACT
  • life expectancy
  • house price increases
  • average tax per capita
  • water useage and rainfall

Website user tip:
Looking for similar publications for other states and territories?
Access via the Australian Year Books link under Key Products Quick Link on the left side of the ABS home page; or check the Regional pages under Themes.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Library & Information Week

To celebrate Library and Information Week (19 May - 25 May) the ABS has prepared a snapshot of Australian library facts and figures.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Service Industries Statistics: Public Libraries Survey

A number of ABS service industries surveys originally planned for the 2007/2008 reference year program have unfortunately been cancelled due to financial constraints. Cancelled collections include the previously advertised Public Libraries and Archives survey and the Pubs, Taverns and Bars, and Clubs (Hospitality) surveys. Legal Services and the Museums survey will still be conducted.

Further information is available in today's Service Industries Statistics Newsletter (cat. no. 8601.0) or via the Service Industries Statistics theme page.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Community Preparedness for Emergencies

Are Australian households prepared for emergencies such as bushfire, flood, cyclone, or other hazardous events?
Data has been released from the Western Australia Community Preparedness for Emergencies survey, which was conducted in October 2007 (cat. no. 4818.5).

This publication provides a range of information, including:

  • transportation needs during evacuation
  • whether anyone in the household would need help getting out of the dwelling in an emergency
  • availability of stored drinking water and emergency food stores
  • whether a household has a working torch
  • unwillingness to evacuate

Another new publication 'Household Preparedness for Emergencies: New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, and Australian Capital Territory' (cat. no. 4818.0.55.001) is currently due to be released 8 June 2008.
Previously the ABS has released Community Preparedness for Emergencies, NSW, Oct 2003 (cat. no. 4818.1)

Website user tip:
To check the release schedule for upcoming ABS Publications Mar 2008 to Aug 2008: access the Release Advice page via the Future Releases link in the middle of the ABS homepage.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Families Week facts and figures

'Work and Family - getting the balance right' is the theme of National Families Week 2008 (11 May - 17 May).

An ABS Snapshot of work and the Australian family includes these facts and figures:

  • More mothers with children under 15 were employed in March 2008 than at any time in the last decade; 63% were employed in March 2008, compared with 54% ten years earlier; 60% of these mothers worked part time.

  • In 2006, mothers (with children under 15) in full-time employment spent on average 18 hours per week on domestic activities - twice as much as fathers employed full time.

  • In 2006 there were 2.2 million grandparents who had grandchildren under 15. In a 12 month period, 83% of these grandparents had been babysitters for their grandchildren; 39% provided school holiday care; and 28% regularly looked after their grandchildren while the children's parents were at work.

  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of parents with children under 15 reported that they 'always or often' felt rushed or pressed for time.

Changes to ABS survey program for 2008-09

Information from the Australian Statistician about changes to the ABS survey program 2008-09 is now available from the ABS website.

This includes information that the Year Book Australia will not be produced for 2009, lists surveys that will not be conducted in 2008-09, and surveys which will have a change in sample size or content, such as the Labour Force Survey.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

NatStats08 Conference

The NatStats08 Conference will be held in Melbourne from 19-21 November 2008.

NatStats08 will provide the opportunity to meet with a wide range of people involved in the production and use of official data which in turn helps inform and shape a great deal of public and private policy and investment decisions across our nation.

The Conference will also provide opportunities to discuss how we might improve and extend our measures of progress in Australian society and generally improve the statistical base for the nation.
See the conference program for further information .

To register your interest in the conference email: