Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Population change in Electoral Divisions

Discover which Commonwealth electorates had the highest population growth rate between 2001 and 2006 in this new release from the Parliamentary Library.
Includes Electoral Divisions ranked by growth in population aged 0 to 14 years, or growth in population aged 65 years and older. Based on Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data from the ABS and current electoral boundaries.

The Australian population grew by an average 6.6 per cent over the 2001 to 2006 period. At the electorate level, Fadden in Queensland (31.8 per cent) was the fastest growing electorate, followed by Sydney (25.3 per cent) and Lalor in Victoria (24.9 per cent).

Population growth data for Local Government Areas is available in the ABS publication Regional Population Growth, Australia, 1996 to 2006 (cat. no. 3218.0).

Friday, January 25, 2008

New release: Overweight and Obesity

More than half (54%) of Australian adults are either overweight or obese, according to new analysis from the 2004-05 National Health Survey released today by the ABS.

Using body mass index (BMI) from the ABS National Health Surveys (1989, 1995, 2001 and 2004-05), overweight and obesity trends over time, risk factors and coexisting chronic diseases are examined in this publication. Also included are recent health related actions taken by overweight and obese people.

See Overweight and Obesity in Adults, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4719.0) for further information.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Media round-up

Dubious Data Awards 2007
The US Statististical Assessment Service (STATS) looks at some of the media's worst science stories for 2007.

Census Sensitivity
'Numbers mean power, which is why counting people is so controversial'. An article in The Economist looks at some of the issues and history relating to counting people.

Worth a Thousand Words
Another article from The Economist looks at 3 of history's best statistical graphics.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Early Childhood Learning

An overview of currently available data for early childhood learning is included in the recent ABS Information Paper: Measuring Learning in Australia: Concepts and Directions in Early Childhood Learning, 2007 (cat. no. 4232.0). This paper also identifies current data gaps, and proposes a set of key measures for early childhood learning data.

Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is the largest and most comprehensive of all surveys on early childhood. It provides data on children's participation in early childhood education, including educational activities in the home.

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) provides data at a community level on young children's development. Data are collected during the first year of formal schooling. Results for 57 communities are available via the AEDI website.

In June 2008, the ABS is conducting the new Childhood Education and Care Survey (CEaCS) which will include content on early years learning.

Further information is available in the 2007 Annual Progress Report for Improving Statistics on Children and Youth, released December 2007.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Businesses in your local area

You can now find information about the numbers of businesses in your Statistical Local Area (SLA) with the latest release of Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits (ABS cat. no. 8165.0).

In June 2007 there were over 2 million businesses in Australia. Most were small businesses, with 96% employing less than 20 people.

Find data about numbers of new businesses, survival rates, and more in this publication. Local area data includes tables listing businesses by industry division and employment size ranges or annual turnover size ranges.

Free ABS Sessions for Teacher/Librarians in Melbourne

The ABS is holding free hands-on information sessions tailored for teacher/librarians in March. Learn how to access the wealth of free information and resources available from the ABS.

Sessions will be held 10:00am to 2:30pm on Tuesday 4th and Friday 7th March, 2008. Refreshments and lunch provided.
Venue: ABS Melbourne Office, 5th Floor, CGU Tower, 485 LaTrobe St, Melbourne.

To book: email: education@abs.gov.au or phone: 1800 623 273
Include your name, school, contact details and preferred day.

South Australian Teachers needed for ABS Focus Groups

The ABS is seeking teachers in South Australia to participate in focus groups.
Sessions will be held in January and February 2008 at the ABS, Waymouth St, Adelaide. They will be held after school hours and take about 1 hour. Participants will receive a cash payment of $40 to assist with costs of attending.

For further information please phone: Leigh Coombs on 8237 7407 or Katie Beckwith on 8237 7623 during business hours.