Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Innovation in Australian Business

Over one-third of Australian businesses were reported as undertaking some form of innovation according to Innovation in Australian Business, 2006-07. This release presents information about the incidence of innovation in Australian business and related practices or influences. It reports data as collected by the 2006-07 Business Characteristics Survey (BCS).

Some other key findings from the publication include:
  • The Information Media and Telecommunications industry had the highest proportion of innovation activity
  • Information technology skills were the most prevalent skill type used for innovation purposes.
  • More than three-quarters of innovative-active businesses claimed that the most common driver of innovation was profit-related.
  • Over 25% of businesses claimed that a lack of skilled staff significantly hampered their ability to innovate.

Further information is available in the publication Innovation in Australian Business, 2006-07 cat. no. 8158.0.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Free Workshops for Teacher Librarians

The ABS provides a wealth of free educational resources that are invaluable for teachers and students. To help Teacher Librarians understand what is available and how to access it, the ABS is holding free hands-on information sessions, tailored especially for Teacher Librarians.

Check the ABS Training Calendar pages for details of workshop sessions in your State or Territory.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Water and the Murray-Darling Basin

Just over half of Australia's water use in 2004-05 was from the Murray-Darling Basin, according to Water and the Murray-Darling Basin - A Statistical Profile, 2000-01 to 2005-06 (cat. no. 4610.0.55.007).

This publication presents a range of water, social, environmental and economic statistics relating to the Murray-Darling Basin, including:
  • climate
  • water availability
  • water consumption
  • agricultural production
  • population
  • employment
  • social characteristics
  • natural resource management

Friday, August 15, 2008

People with a Need for Assistance

A new snapshot looking at People with a Need for Assistance has been released this month. Disability affects about one in five Australians to varying degrees and in various ways. This can range from someone who has a mild hearing impairment that is overcome by the use of a hearing aid, to a person who cannot wash or dress without help.

In 2006, the Census of Population and Housing included questions for the first time on people with disabilities at the more severe end of this spectrum, that is those who need assistance with self-care, communication or mobility activities.

People with a Need for Assistance - A Snapshot, 2006 (cat. no. 4445.0) examines the age, sex, indigenous status, state/ territory, remoteness index, living arrangements, proficiency in English, labour force participation and occupation of people with a need for assistance. It also contains a brief assessment of the comparability of the data with the core-activity limitation data from the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (cat. no. 4430.0).

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

International comparison tables

The 2008 issue of Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) contains international summary tables for a range of areas, from literacy to life expectancy.

Australia is compared with major OECD countries, our closest neighbours, and our trading partners in regard to population, employment, education and other areas.

Australian Social Trends, 2008 also includes summary tables at a national and state level for key areas of social concern, including housing, work and family. These tables bring together data from a variety of different sources to provide an overview of social change over the last decade.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dental Health

Data from the National Survey of Adult Oral Health 2004-06 has been released by the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) this week. National Survey of Oral Health publications have been released for each State and Territory.

These provide a detailed snapshot of oral health including:
  • levels of oral disease
  • perceived oral health and patterns of dental treatment
  • dental insurance
  • government assistance for dental care
The AIHW also released a summary report on the Oral Health of Adult Public Dental Patients utilising data from the oral health survey.

Visits to the dentist
The ABS National Health Survey 2004-05 (cat. no. 4364.0) contains data relating to the number, age and characteristics of people who had consulted a dentist in the two weeks prior to the survey.

How many dentists in your area?
Check the 2006 Census tables to find out how many dentists live in your city or local area. Select the Census topic 'Occupation' then select the option 'Occupation by Sex - 2006 ANZSCO Alternative View: Health Occupations'.

Dental labour force
For a summary of data relating to Dental Practitioners from the 2006 Census of Population & Housing see the ABS snapshot Selected Health Occupations, Australia 2006 (cat. no. 4819.0).

Find further data on the characteristics of the Dental Labour Force in a series of reports also released by AIHW this week. Data in the reports is from the 2005 National dental labour force survey.

Government Funding for Libraries

The latest release of Cultural Funding by Government, Australia 2006-07 (cat. no. 4183.0) includes data on library funding by government.

It includes comparison of funding levels for 2005-06 and 2006-07. Expenditure by local governments on libraries is provided separately for the first time in this issue. Previously only a total local government figure was provided.

Accessing ABS Information - free seminars

Free seminars on Accessing ABS Information will be held:

24 September 2008, 9.30 to 11 a.m.
13 November 2008, 9.30 to 11 a.m.

26 August 2008, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.
23 September 2008, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.
20 October 2008, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.
26 November 2008, 9.30 to 11.30 a.m.

For further information and reservations please get in touch with the ABS Training Contact for Adelaide or Perth.

Sessions scheduled for Canberra and Sydney in August 2008 are currently full, but contact us if you would like to be notified of upcoming sessions in these cities, or other areas.
Check the ABS Training Calendar for further information on free Census sessions in Melbourne and more.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Historical Population Statistics

Find historical data online for Australian population size and growth, indigenous population, deaths, divorces, migration and more in the newly updated Australian Historical Population Statistics (cat. no. 3105.0.65.001).

This publication contains a wide range of demographic data in spreadsheet format (Microsoft Excel), going back, where possible, to the beginning of European settlement (1788) of Australia.

The 2008 update of Australian Historical Population Statistics will be released in two stages due to the availablity of new data relevant to this publication shortly after its initial release.
  • The first release, on 5 August 2008, includes statistics on population size and growth, population age-sex structure, births, deaths, migration, country of birth, overseas arrivals and depatures, marriages, divorces and population by marital status.
  • The second release, scheduled for September 2008, will include statistics on population distribution and the Indigenous population.

The ABS sees this as an evolving product, with new data sets being added in response to the need and the availability of data in electronic form. Comments on this product would be appreciated: email demography@abs.gov.au