Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Crime & Justice statistics FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions are now available for using crime and justice statistics. Sections are included on crime, courts, prisoners and corrections, and classifications.

These FAQs can help you find how much crime occurs in Australia each year, locate family violence statistics, or find profiles of offenders who commit crimes. They can help you answer questions such as 'How likely am I to be assaulted by a stranger?' or 'Where does crime occur?'.

Access the FAQs via the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics theme page.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Perspectives on Migrants

The National Migrant Statistics Unit has released today the first issue of the Perspectives on Migrants (cat. no. 3416.0) series.

The articles in this series provide informed commentary to assist those interested in issues related to migrant and ethnic population groups within Australia. In addition, some articles also illustrate how the new Migrant Data Matrices (cat. no. 3415.0) and the Guide to Migrant Statistical Sources (cat. no. 3414.0) can be used as research tools.

This issue contains descriptive articles on:

  • the relationship between birthplace and religion
  • migrant's experiences of crime victimisation
  • an overview of data relating to overseas students
  • the English proficiency of migrants to Australia

Articles will be released biannually on the ABS website. For other new products from the National Migrant Statistics Unit please see the ABS Migrant and Ethnicity theme page or the half yearly electronic newsletter Migrant Statistics News.

If you need assistance to find migrant and ethnicity statistical information, please contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service (NIRS).

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Working your way to higher education

In May 1997 there were 2.1 million Australians aged 15-64 years enrolled in a course of study. By 2007 this had risen to 2.5 million. Around 35% of these were at an institution of higher education in 1997 compared to 37% in 2007. This increase can be compared to the fall in Technical and Further Education (TAFE) enrolments for the same period from 24% down to 21%. There have been quite interesting changes in the level of Highest Educational Attainment between 1997 and 2007 with an increase of 8 percentage points in the numbers with a Bachelor degree or higher.

The proportion of people working while studying has risen from 46% to 54% with those balancing full-time work and studying full-time up from 8% to 16%.

For more information see Education and Work (cat. no. 6227.0). The latest issue was released on 18 December 2007. To find out more about education in Australia go the Education and Training theme page on the ABS website.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Over 100 Years of Data now Online

A century of Australian Year Books from the earliest edition published in 1908, to the latest 2008 edition are now available full-text online.

Year Book Australia provides a comprehensive and detailed statistical review of various aspects of the economy and social conditions in Australia. In addition to the broad range of statistics, with contributions from many government and private organisations outside the ABS, most issues also include a number of special articles written on topics relevant to the time.

The first volume of the Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1901-1907 also includes statistics about Australia prior to 1900. The historical year books have been scanned from the paper version and use character recognition software which provides a full-text searching capability once downloaded.

Access issues via the Past and Future Releases tab of the current Year Book Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 1301.0).

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Australian Sports data

Participating in sports and physical recreation and attending sporting contests are important features of the Australian lifestyle.

However, the sports and physical recreation sector involves more than just the people who participate or attend. It includes organisations providing sports services, manufacturers and distributors of sports equipment, professional sports people, and other people who are involved in paid employment or voluntary work within the sector. Government and business also play an important role through the provision of facilities and support through grants and sponsorship.

The ABS has just released the first edition for 2008 of Sports and Physical Recreation: a Statistical Overview, Australia (cat. no. 4156.0).

This publication presents an overview of the sports and physical recreation sector. It contains information about the number of people who play sports; the most popular sports played; the number of people attending sporting events; the amount people spend on sports and physical recreation; the economic activity of businesses, clubs and associations involved in providing sports and physical recreation goods and services; the people who work in sports and physical recreation occupations or industries; and the levels of support provided by volunteers, sponsorship and government funding.

This is a good starting point for finding data relating to Australian sports and physical activity: it not only presents key statistics, but also identifies which publications hold more detailed data for a range of topics. Also check the Culture and Recreation Theme page on the ABS website for links to latest releases, feature articles and newsletter.