Monday, December 14, 2009

More Australians Living Alone


The December edition of Australian Social Trends found that more Australians are living alone.

The article reports that over the last couple of decades, the proportion of the population aged 15 years and over living alone (in private dwellings) increased from 9% to 12%, and over the next 20 years is projected to increase to 16% (3.1 million). This overall long-term increase in the prevalence of living alone is in part due to the ageing of the population, but also to the increasing propensity of younger and middle aged people to live alone.


This edition also provides statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues including: Jobless families; Living alone; Smoking, risky drinking and obesity; Preschool attendance; Patterns in work and International comparisons.

Summary tables on 'Family and Community' and 'Work' and 'Housing' are also included which provide an overview of social change over the past decade, as well as how social conditions differ across Australian states and territories.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Making sense of statistics


The ABS has recently released a suite of 'Understanding Statistics' webpages on the ABS website.

These webpages consist of a range of fact sheets, information guides, video tutorials, presentations and online courses to help you:

  • find the statistics you're looking for
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate statistical information
  • communicate statistical findings with tables and graphs

Check out the Introduction to Statistics Online Course for a comprehensive overview of statistics. Or have a look at our Online Video Tutorials and Presentations to find out more about specific topics of interest. ABS also offers face to face Training Courses on a range of topics to develop skills for high quality statistical collections and statistical analysis.

So, if you're looking to build your knowledge about statistics, and how to use statistics to make informed decisions, check out the resources available for Understanding Statistics.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Are we getting better at recycling and catching public transport?

The release of Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use, Mar 2009 (cat.no 4602.0.55.002), revealed some interesting statistics on recycling and the use of public transport.

Almost every Australian household (99%) participated in some form of recycling or reusing of waste, and just over half (51%) of Australian households recycled or reused kitchen or food waste.

And when it comes to public transport, we're getting better, but still have a long way to go. Australians increased their use of public transport to get to work or full-time study over the past decade, rising from 12% in 2000 to 14% in 2009. However, the overwhelming majority of Australians still travelled by car -- 80% in March 2009 compared to 82% in 2000.

Further information can be found in Environmental Issues: Waste Management and Transport Use (cat. no. 4602.0.55.002).

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A new record for births

Australia has again set a new record for the number of births in a year, with a total of 296,600 births registered in 2008, surpassing the previous record years of 2007 (285,200 births) and 1971 (276,400).

Overall, Australia had a total fertility rate of 1.97 babies per woman, up from 1.92 in 2007 and the highest since 1977 (2.01).

More details are available in Births, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3301.0), which includes: detailed statistics on live births: male and female births; births of Indigenous children; age and birthplace of parents; duration of marriage; previous children; nuptial and exnuptial births; single and multiple births; usual residence of mother (by state or territory); and regional comparisons.

Other related information can be found in:

Friday, October 30, 2009

Good Sports!

Participation in organised sporting activities is important for children’s social development as well as their motor coordination skills, teamwork and physical fitness.

In recent years, increasing awareness of the incidence of childhood obesity has particularly highlighted the desirability, on health grounds, for children to participate in regular physical activity.

The Research Paper: Children's Participation in Organised Sporting Activity, October 2009 (cat. no 1351.0.55.028) combines data from three surveys on Children’s Participation in Cultural and Leisure Activities, April 2009 (cat. no 4901.0) – conducted in 2000, 2003 and 2006 – to examine children’s participation in organised sporting activities.

The paper examines average rates of participation for children between the ages of six and fourteen years, and identifies a number of sociodemographic factors which influence the propensity for particular groups of children to participate.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Until Death do us Part?

Marriages are on the rise! But not all Australian couples live happily ever after…


Marriages and Divorces, Australia 2008 (cat. no. 3310.0) is an electronic product from the ABS which comprises of national and state data reporting on the number of marriages and divorces that were granted in Australia during 2008.

Not only does this data highlight the number of Aussies tying the knot, it can also tell you how old couples were when they took the plunge; how many times they had walked down the aisle prior to their marriage in 2008; and even the type of celebrant they chose to perform their wedding ceremony!

And as we all know, not all relationships are built to last, so a range of data is also available on those marriages that didn’t work out…

If you would like to know how many couples were divorced in 2008; or how long people were married for prior to formal separation, then you may have found what you are looking for…

This is a valuable resource for any one interested in Australian marriage trends, or for those wishing to conduct an analysis on the family formation and structure in Australia.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Census Data - Enhanced!

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has recently embarked on the Census Data Enhancement Project which aims to increase the value of data collected from the Census of Population and Housing by developing a Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD).

The SLCD will draw on records taken from a random sample of persons (5%) during the 2006 Census and will combine this information with 2011, and subsequent Census records. As time goes by and more and more Census data becomes available, the SLCD will become a valuable resource for anyone interested in longitudinal population studies.

The SLCD will provide the means to analyse patterns in the pathways people and families take over time. Insights might also be gained into the relationship between peoples' social and economic situation over their life, and their health outcomes, or the educational and economic outcomes of their children as they in turn grow to be adults.

But how might the SLCD work? What linking methodologies and processes might be used to combine Census data? How reliable will this data be?

In order to answer these questions and more, the ABS conducted a quality study that simulated the formation of the SLCD. Results of this simulation are outlined in two research papers which you can access here by clicking on the links below.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Who is caring for our kids?


If you have ever wondered how many of Australia’s children receive formal or informal child care, or you are curious about what this care might cost, then look no further! The answers you seek are just one click away...

Childhood Education and Care, Australia’ 2008 (cat. no 4402.0) provides information on the various forms of child care available within Australia. The publication includes estimates on the types of child care being accessed by Australian children between the ages of 0-12 including: the hours they attend; the costs involved; the use of child care benefits; and parental employment and income characteristics.

Also included in this publication for the first time ever are estimates on early childhood education and learning, such as: patterns of attendance at pre-school and school; the types of learning activities that children aged 0-8 participate in; and the environments in which these activities take place.

This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in finding out more about the demand and supply of child care services within Australia. It may also help shed light on some of the issues facing modern day Australian parents.

Included below are some related ABS publications which may also be of interest to you...
· Household and Family Projections, Australia, 1996-2021 (cat. no. 3236.0)
· Children Australia: A Social Report, 2002 (cat. no. 4119.0)
· Family Characteristics and Transitions, Australia. June 2006-07. (cat. no. 4442.0)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Up in smoke


Most people are aware of the detrimental effects that smoking can have on the health and well-being of an individual, but did you know that tobacco smoking is a particularly important issue for Australia’s Indigenous community?

To find out more check out Tobacco Smoking in the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Population 2004-05 (cat. no 4724.0.55.002). This flyer is an excellent resource for those wanting to know more about the prevalence of tobacco smoking amongst Indigenous Australian adults aged 18 years and over, and is an excellent way of finding out how this group are fairing in relation to the non-Indigenous population.

The flyer also includes some useful information on other risk factors associated with tobacco smoking including risky drinking and poor diet.

This is a quick and easy read packed full of information.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Australian Colonial Census Statistics Online

The Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive (HCCDA) website is now available.

HCCDA is a searchable archive of Australian Colonial census publications and reports.

The archive has sourced microfiche versions of the census publications from the ABS and converted them to both digital images and searchable XML markup.

The HCCDA archive documents were originally published in the former colonies of NSW, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia and relate to censuses of those colonies ranging from 1833 to 1901.
HCCDA is a sub-archive of the Australian Social Science Data Archive (ASSDA).
The ABS Historical Publications page lists recently digitised ABS publications.

Year Book Australia 2010


Year Book Australia (cat. no. 1301.0) has changed from an annual frequency to 2 yearly frequency.

The next issue is due to be published mid-2010.

Search inside Year Books with Google
Google Book Search now includes Year Book Australia issues.
For example, a search for 'education statistics Australia 1930' will take you directly to the Year Book page listing school statistics for 1930.

All Year Book Australia issues from the first 1908 edition (coverage from 1901) onwards are available full-text online via the ABS website.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

State & Regional Homelessness

State and territory Counting the Homeless 2006 reports were released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) today. Based on 2006 Census data, the reports provide statistics about homelessness at a regional level.

They include discussion of characteristics of people experiencing homelessness and provide extensive analyses of their circumstances, drawn from experience of people working with the homeless.

The national Counting the Homeless 2006 report was published by the ABS last September:
Australian Census Analytic Program: Counting the Homeless, 2006 (cat. no. 2050.0).

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Census Tablebuilder

Bigger ... Faster ... Better ...

The much anticipated TableBuilder (cat. no 2065.0) is scheduled for release between August and September 2009.

TableBuilder is an online tool which will allow you to create your own custom tables of 2006 Census data.

TableBuilder is designed to provide clients with the highest degree of freedom in selecting and combining data items and the geographical areas most suited to their needs. It allows you to choose to count persons, families or dwellings, to select the variables to include in your table, and how to structure the data.

You can access data for areas as small as a Collection District (approximately 225 households) or as large as an entire state or territory or all of Australia. TableBuilder also allows you the freedom to select and combine areas and data that interest you by creating your own customised geographic areas or custom data groups.

Now is your chance to pre-register for TableBuilder. For only $1655, TableBuilder provides you with unprecedented access to 2006 Census data and enables you to build all the tables you require.
For more information, including FAQs and list of TableBuilder variables, visit the Tablebuilder page on the ABS website.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Health Literacy


Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) presents statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues.

The June issue includes a feature article on Health Literacy which uses data from the 2006 Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey (ALLS) (cat. no 4228.0). ALLS provides information on the knowledge and skills of 15-74 year olds in a number of literacy domains including health literacy. The articles presents information and analysis of health literacy levels, self assessed health status and the interactions between health and education, income and employment status.

This issue also includes features articles about transitions in people's living arrangements, how they work and student achievements in maths and science.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Counting the Population

The recently released, Population Estimates: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2009 (cat. no 3228.0.55.001) provides a description of the concepts, sources and methods used by the ABS in the production of population estimates.

This publication is a great resource if you're interested in finding out more about:
  • the range of population estimates produced by the ABS
  • some of the major uses for these population estimates
  • the methods and data used to produce population estimates at the national/state and statistical local area (SLA) levels
  • the method used to produce population estimates for customised geography
  • components of population growth and of selected sub-populations
  • the data sources used to produce population estimates

For additional information on population concepts, see Information Paper: Population Concepts, 2008 (cat. no. 3107.0.55.006).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics

The theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2009 is ‘See the person, not the stereotype’.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in all parts of Australia, from the large cities to small country towns and very remote communities. They speak a multitude of languages and belong to hundreds of distinct descent groups.

The ABS has produced a number of snapshot articles about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including:

National Reconciliation Week takes place between 27th May and 3rd June with Reconciliation events held across Australia each day. For more information check out the Reconciliation Australia website.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel

Over the three years to October 2008, around 2.7 million people in New South Wales and Victoria moved usual residence.

Data has now been released from the Residential and Workplace Mobility, and Implications for Travel survey, which was conducted in October 2008 (cat. no. 3240.0).

The publication provides a range of information on people in NSW and Victoria including:
  • demographic characteristics of movers and non-movers;
  • the reasons why people changed their usual residence;
  • the reasons why people changed their current suburb of employment;
  • and the modes of transport typically used to travel to the current suburb of employment.

Other Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) resources relating to the topic include:

Another interesting resource: The NSW Ministry of Transport's Journey to Work 2006 publication provides information to assist those using the Transport Data Centre's 2006 Journey to Work dataset. This data is derived from place of work and other employment information collected in the ABS's Census of Population and Housing.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Helping you evaluate data quality

If you're interested in evaluating the quality of statistical collections and products (eg. survey data or statistical tables) then check out the recently released ABS Data Quality Framework (cat. no 1520.0).

The Framework can assist user's to:
  • decide whether a dataset or statistical product is fit for purpose
  • assess the data quality of seemingly similar collections
  • interpret data

It can also assist those developing statistical collections to produce high quality outputs.

The Framework provides a multidimensional approach for assessing the quality of statistics, incorporating: Relevance, Timeliness, Accuracy, Coherence, Interpretability, Accessibility and Institutional Environment.

For each dimension, the paper describes what constitutes the dimension, how it may be evaluated, and suggests questions to be considered for the purpose of assessing the dimension. The paper also includes information to assist data users and producers to apply the framework.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Are you statistically literate?

If you are uncomfortable with using statistics, you are not alone. Many people shy away from using statistics because of their perceived complexity.

However, statistics are highly prevalent in our information-rich society and can influence our daily lives via media reporting and social and economic policy decisions. It is therefore necessary to develop the ability to critically interpret and evaluate statistics to make informed decisions about the information that surrounds us.

A new article: What is statistical literacy and why is it important to be statistically literate? is featured in the recent issue of Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators, Mar 2009 (cat. no. 1307.6).

The article provides an overview of what it means to be statistically literate, and why it is so important. The article also provides a set of criteria that are essential for building statistical literacy, including:

1. Data awareness

2. The ability to understand statistical concepts

3. The ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate statistical information

4. The ability to communicate statistical information and understandings

Find out what it takes to be statistically literate today.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

CDATA Online nominated for two awards

The ABS' CDATA Online tool which allows you to create your own tables of Census data has now been nominated for two prestigious awards.

CDATA Online has been announced as a finalist for the 2009 Excellence in e-Government Award (e-Award) which was introduced in 2006 by the Australian Government to promote excellence in the use of ICT in Australia at all levels of government. The 2009 e-Award will be presented to coincide with the eGovernment Forum being held on Wednesday, 13 May 2009.

CDATA Online has also been nominated for the ESRI GIS Challenge, an award that is decided by public votes, with voting open until the end of May 2009. If you have found the innovative elements of CDATA Online helpful, then please feel free to vote for CDATA Online at the ESRI GIS Challenge website.

Monday, May 4, 2009

New G-20 Statistical Website


The Inter-Agency Group on Economic and Financial Statistics has launched a new website 'Principal Global Indicators' covering economic and financial data for the Group of 20 economies.

The website was launched in response to the ongoing global financial crisis to assist with monitoring and evaluating the economic and financial developments of the G-20 economies.

The website is a useful resource for locating data on the financial, governmental, external, and real sectors of G-20 economies. Market indicators including Consumer prices; Unemployment rates; and Interest rates are also provided.

The website also provides links to data in related websites of international and national agencies. For Australia, the website links to statistical information from the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Women in Australia 2009

Women in Australia 2009 provides a statistical summary of women’s economic outcomes, education and training, health, housing and leadership.

Produced by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), this issue is the fifth in the series.

It includes a wide range of summary data on gender differences relating to labour force participation, hours worked, gender pay gaps; mental health, alchohol consumption, smoking, homelessness and more.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How can the ABS assist Local Government?

The Services for Local Government page on the ABS website provides the Local Government sector with information about how to use ABS data to assist with planning and delivering services to communities.

It includes information on how to find data for Local Government Areas, as well as at the State and Territory level. There is also a range of other services available to assist the Local Government sector that are outlined on the ABS website.

Subscribe to Local Government and ABS Newsletter
If you're interested in finding out more about ABS developments in rural and regional statistics, and information about recent releases at Local Government level or other regional levels, subscribe to the Newsletter - Local Government and ABS (cat. no 1376.0).

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

OECD Factbook Out Now!

The OECD Factbook provides a comprehensive overview of economic, social and environmental indicators.

The Factbook covers a range of topics including: economy, agriculture, education, energy, environment, foreign aid, health and quality of life, industry, information and communications, population/labour force, trade and investment, taxation, public expenditure and R&D. This edition also includes a focus chapter on Inequality.

Each indicator includes a detailed summay, corresponding data and comments on the comparability of the data.

The is a useful reference tool for everyone working on economic and policy issues. It is now available free online on the OECD website.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Your opportunity to help shape the future of the ABS website

ABS Betaworks has arrived!

ABS ╬▓etaWorks is a development environment for new designs and concepts for the ABS website. ╬▓etaworks allows ABS Designers to showcase what they're working on and find out what you think.

By playing with the concepts and providing feedback, you can help the ABS to prioritise and refine concepts.

Share Your Ideas
How would you improve the ABS website?
Using your insights and ideas, the ABS can continue to improve the ABS website experience for all.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

SEIFA

What is SEIFA?

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed especially for those interested in the assessment of the welfare of Australian communities.

The ABS has developed four indexes to allow ranking of regions, providing a method of determining the level of social and economic well-being in each region.

The four indexes in SEIFA 2006 are:
  • Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage
  • Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage
  • Index of Economic Resources
  • Index of Education and Occupation

What can SEIFA be used for?

SEIFA has a number of applications, including research into the relationship between socio-economic status and various health and educational outcomes. It can also be used to determine areas that require funding and services, or to identify new business opportunities.

Want to find out more?

To find out more about SEIFA check out Information Paper: An Introduction to Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), 2006 (cat.no 2039.0)

Friday, March 27, 2009

How do we measure Social Capital?

Developing measures of social capital across individuals and communities has attracted a large amount of attention and policy interest. However, this is a difficult task.

A new Research Paper: Exploring Measures of Low Social Capital, March 2009 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.024) looks at issues relating to measuring social capital and the latest Australian General Social Survey.

The 2006 General Social Survey (GSS) (cat. no. 4159.0) provides an important opportunity to explore a range of measures of social capital and see how they are related to each other.
The GSS includes data on:
  • trust and feelings of safety
  • whether a person feels able to have a say on important issues, both with family and friends, and within the community
  • the frequency of contact with family and friends
  • the proportion of a person's friends who are of a similar age, of the same ethnic background, or of roughly the same level of education

The Social Capital theme page provides further information about social capital data in ABS publications. The recent release Sport and social capital (cat. no. 4197.0) examines the relationship between social wellbeing indicators and participation in sport and physical recreation.

No offence meant

Are you living a living a life of crime without knowing it?
The 2008 Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC) reveals there are many interesting possibilities to make yourself a criminal.

No Offence Meant in the latest issue of Stats Talk WA (cat. no. 1304.5) looks at the myriad ways it is possible to break the law.

What is ASOC?
The Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC) (cat. no. 1234.0) provides a uniform national statistical framework for classifying criminal behaviour in the production and analysis of crime and justice statistics.
  • it is used in ABS statistical collections, and Australian police, criminal courts and corrective services agencies.
  • ASOC provides a systematic ordering of criminal offences defined in the criminal laws of the Australian state and territory jurisdictions.

Social Trends 2009


Australian Social Trends: articles and key statistics across all areas of social concern

The ABS publication Australian Social Trends (AST) (cat. no. 4102.0) is now being released 4 times a year. An annual edition of AST has been released since 1994. From 2009, AST will be produced quarterly with an annual compilation released in the September quarter of each year.

Latest March release includes:
The ageing population, retirement and superannuation
Households and renewable energy
Mental health
Couples
Trends in household work

Key Statistics summary tables
Find summary statistics at a state or national level for population, family, health, education, work, housing, and more.

The 2009 compilation issue of AST will be available in print format, September 2009. AST quarterly issues are available online only.

Museums and Art Galleries

The performance, structure and activity of museums and art galleries is explored in today's release of Museums, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 8560.0).


The publication includes data on the number and main focus of museums, employment, volunteers, income and expenses, with breakdowns of key characteristics by employment size and by state. The publications also includes information on admissions, acquisitions, artefacts, artworks, special exhibitions and other museum/gallery activity.

The Service Industries Statistics Theme Page provides information about a range of service industry publications, including:

Friday, March 20, 2009

Students, Teachers and Schools

Are you interested in finding out more about the:
  • number of primary, secondary and combined schools
  • number of Indigenous school students enrolled in Year 12
  • full-time equivalent student/teaching staff ratios

The recently released publication, Schools, Australia 2008 (4221.0) contains statistics on schools, students and teaching staff for all Australian states and territories.

Also included are derived measures of student participation, continuation, progression (new in 2008) and retention, and ratios of students to teachers. Many of the statistical tables also include selected time series.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

NatStats 08 Video Presentations Now Available

You can now view the video presentations and accompanying slides from the range of speakers who attended the NatStats 08 conference on the NatStats website.
The NatStats 08 conference was held in Melbourne on 19 - 21 November, 2008. The range of speakers and participants who attended the conference ensured the event was a success, and that discussion was relevant and buoyant.
Speakers included representatives from overseas organisations, senior staff from government departments from across all jurisdictions, as well as experts from the community and leading academics. The presentations focused on topics related to three main themes: Informing the Nation; Measuring the Progress of Society; and Environmental Information for Informed Decisions.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Finding Regional Data

Are you interested in the characteristics of regions and comparing regions across Australia?

The National Regional Profile (NRP) presents, for all Australia, a range of data for various types of small regions. The data items are presented in web pages, spreadsheets and SuperTABLE datacubes and are available for regions as large as Australia or as small as Local Government Area or Statistical Local Areas.

A set of four National Regional Profile Videos have been produced to introduce you to the National Regional Profile Welcome Page, show you how to find regions and data, and explain what other help is available for the NRP.

You may also be interested in What's New in Regional Statistics (cat. no. 1386.0), a biannual newsletter providing information on the latest developments in statistics that are relevant to regions as well as other information of interest to researchers, policy makers and other users of small area data.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Crime and Justice data

  • Are people over 45 more or less likely to be charged with speeding than those under 25?
  • How many juvenile offenders were finalised in the Children's court?
  • What percentage of defendants adjudicated were proven guilty?

Find out in the recently released, Criminal Courts, Australia, 2007- 08 (cat. no. 4513.0).

This publication provides nationally comparable data showing the number of defendants dealt with by the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates' and Children's criminal courts. The statistics provide a profile of the characteristics of defendants, as well as data about the offences for which they have been charged, their guilt or innocence, and sentence outcomes for those proven guilty.

See the Crime and Justice theme page for more ABS and non-ABS crime and justice data and information.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Upcoming Release of Census TableBuilder


Development of Census TableBuilder (cat. no. 2065.0) is well underway and the new product is expected to be released later this financial year.

Census TableBuilder is an online tool which will allow you to create your own tables of Census data by accessing all variables contained in the Census Output Record File. The product is designed to provide clients with the highest degree of freedom in selecting and combining data items and the geographical areas most suited to their needs.

To find out more, visit the Census TableBuilder product brief on the website which has been recently updated to include new information on what Census TableBuilder will provide and to answer some common questions about the product.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Australian Cultural Diversity: Religion

'Religion across the generations' is explored in the new release: A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0). This article examines the religious profile of each generation in Australia and discusses the differences between, as well as within, 5 generation groups.

A Picture of the Nation provides a detailed insight into contemporary Australian society and the factors affecting the lives of Australian people. One of the key themes in the report are the trends taking place in relation to cultural diversity. The report highlights some of the interesting findings in this area and provides an overview of how the 2006 Census measured cultural background.

The Migrant and Ethnicity theme page provides more information about the statistics produced relating to the characteristics of migrants, their descendants and their communities.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Talking about the generations

  • Oldest generation most likely to live alone
  • Lucky generation retire gradually
  • Baby boomers share breadwinning role
  • Generation X and Y the most highly qualified
  • iGeneration live up to their name

Find out more in the feature article 'From generation to generation' in A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0).

This article takes a generational view of the population and uses it as a framework to analyse census data in order to better understand the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in Australian society.

Five generation cohorts are identified in the article with a definition of each generation provided as well as a description of their social and economic history and current characteristics. The article reveals how understanding the differences between the generations can help us to understand the changes that have occurred and continue to occur in Australian society.

Among other things, the article looks at the differences between the 'Living arrangements and relationship in household' and the 'Labour Force Status' of the different generations.

Other articles throughout the report also take a generational view to provide a more in-depth analysis of various aspects of the life experience of these generations.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Bringing data to life in the classroom


Keeping up to date with ABS resources relevant to teachers and students has never been easier.

Yesterday's release of Education News, Feb 2009 (cat. no. 1330.0) highlights the latest curriculum related teaching resources, student activities and statistical tools developed by the ABS.

The newsletter includes practical and fun ideas for introducing statistics into the classroom. These activities draw on real-life data from ABS surveys as well as CensusAtSchool data to provide meaningful learning experiences to students.

Free Teacher Training
This edition of the newsletter also includes information about the upcoming Teacher Professional Development Days around Australia. These workshops provide free computer based training in navigating the ABS website, using ABS data in the classroom and discovering resources developed especially for teachers.

For more information about bringing data to life in the classroom see the Education Services webpages.

Monday, February 2, 2009

The Australian Economy


If you're interested or involved in researching or analysing the Australian economy, this monthly compendium is a great place to start!

Australian Economic Indicators (cat. no. 1350.0), presents a statistical summary of the Australian economy, together with international comparisons of selected economic indicators.

The publication includes commentaries, articles and technical notes on a range of topics including: national accounts, international accounts, consumption and investment, production, prices, labour force and demography, incomes and labour costs, financial markets, state comparisons and international comparisons.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Picture of the Nation


Are you interested in finding out more about the trends affecting the lives of Australians?


A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0) presents and analyses statistical information collected in the 2006 Census of Population and Housing.

Drawing on the rich variety of topics covered by the Census and looking across different geographic areas and population groups, this report provides an in-depth analysis of population census data on a range of different topics.

The report consists of eight chapters, each focusing on different areas of social interest and concern. Each chapter includes an overview, summary tables and two or three feature articles related to the following topics:
  • population
  • cultural diversity
  • community
  • living arrangements
  • education
  • work
  • economic resources
  • housing

The report complements the extensive range of other Census products already available free from the ABS website, including: QuickStats, Census Tables, Community Profiles, MapStats, CData Online.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Producing national estimates from State Health Surveys

A recent ABS project which pooled data from state and territory health surveys in order to create national estimates, is detailed in the Information Paper: Producing national estimates from State Health Surveys, 2004 (cat. no. 4375.0.55.001) that was released today.

The paper discusses how a systematic approach to the pooling of state health survey data can have considerable benefits for the provision of additional sources of national health data.

The paper provides a range of information, including:

  • methods used to pool the data
  • data quality investigations that were undertaken
  • experimental national estimates of several chronic disease risk factors produced from the pooled national dataset
  • a brief summary of current state health survey methodology
  • a description of potential benefits of a harmonised national surveillance system
  • an overview of the technical, methodological and practical issues that need to be addressed in pooling data from multiple surveys (whether in health or other topics).

Friday, January 23, 2009

Celebrating Australia: A Statistical Perspective

A range of ABS publications present analysis and commentary on a wide range of contemporary social issues affecting Australia and Australians. These publications draw together data from a range of different ABS collections to assist and encourage informed decision-making, stimulate public debate and to be of value to a wide audience.

Australian Social Trends (cat. no. 4102.0) draws on a wide range of ABS statistics, and statistics from other official sources to describe aspects of Australian society, and how these are changing over time.

Measures of Australia's Progress (cat. no. 1383.0.55.001) provides a national summary of the most important areas of progress and presents these in a way which can be quickly understood.

Australian Economic Indicators (cat. no 1350.0) is a monthly compendium of economic statistics, presenting comprehensive tables, graphs, commentaries, feature articles and technical notes providing a broad basis for analysis and research on the Australian economy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Accessing Migrant Data Made Easy


Are you looking for an easy way to access data on migrants from a range of ABS products?

Then the second edition of the Migrant Data Matrices (cat. no 3415.0), released yesterday, is for you.

The matrices enable you to obtain detailed information on migrants, simply by clicking on a topic of interest and then selecting from a range of data cubes on that topic.

Topics in the matrices include: Population Characteristics, Labour, Family and Community, Health, Education and Training, Housing, Personal and Household Finances, Culture and Leisure and Crime and Justice.

The ABS products included in the Migrant Data Matrices will change over time as more survey data are released or become available.

Friday, January 16, 2009

An overview of the labour market

Today's release of Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0) draws together labour statistics from a range of ABS household and business surveys, to provide an overall picture of the labour market.

The publication is useful for understanding and raising awareness about the different labour market data available and how to use it more effectively.

Check out this publication if you're interested in:
  • recent and upcoming labour market related releases
  • labour market summary: the key measures
  • the range of data available from the ABS labour statistics program
  • feature articles, both analytical and technical, that can assist users in understanding and interpreting the data.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Housing Finance

  • Has the number of owner occupied housing committments increased or decreased?
  • What is the total value of owner occupied and investment housing committments?
  • What number of owner occupied dwellings were financed by banks and non-banks?

Find out in the latest release of Housing Finance, Australia, Nov 2008 (cat. no. 5609.0).

This publication provides monthly statistics relating to housing finance commitments. The data contained in this publication is useful to policy and decision makers for understanding the relationship between housing finance and investment levels, interest rates, building activity and employment.

Other related ABS publications which may be of interest are:

Monday, January 12, 2009

Household Use of Information Technology

Are you interested in statistics on household access to computers and the internet?

The recently released publication of Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no 8146.0), presents a summary of results compiled from household use of information technology (HUIT), including commentary on major trends in internet and broadband access and use across Australia. The release also presents selected results from the 2006 Time Use Survey (TUS), including the extent of teleworking in Australia and average minutes per day Australian's spend using the internet.

The publication shows that between 1998 to 2007-08, household access to the Internet at home has more than quadrupled from 16% to 67%, while access to computers has increased by 31 percentage points to 75%.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Tourism Statistics

The publication, Tourist Accommodation, Australia, September 2008 (cat no. 8635.0), was released yesterday, January 6, 2009. The publication contains results from the on-going quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation and provides an overview of the Australian tourist accommodation industry. The publication is a useful reference for policy makers and industry monitors and advisers.

The recently released ABS Tourism Newsletter, Nov 2008 (cat. no 8602.0) provides an overview of recent tourism industry related issues and updates; describes current ABS work related to tourism statistics; and informs users about recent and forthcoming ABS publications.
This issue of the newsletter also contains a feature article titled 'OECD International Standards and Concepts - What is Tourism?' that provides a brief definition of tourism, based on international OECD standards for tourism concepts. This article provides an elucidation of what is, and is not, being counted in ABS tourism statistics.

The ABS produces a range of tourism related statistics, which can be accessed via the ABS tourism theme page on the ABS website.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Crime and Safety in NSW

The publication Crime and Safety, New South Wales, April 2008 (cat. no. 4509.0) was released on December 4.

The publication contains summary details on household break-ins, attempted break-ins, motor vehicle thefts, personal robberies and assaults and some data on sexual assaults, for the 12 months prior to the survey. It also contains information as to whether the last incident was reported to the police, and details of people's perceptions of crime problems in their neighbourhood.

A range of information can also be found in Crime and Justice News, 2008 an annual newsletter produced by the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics (NCCJS) at the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The newsletter provides information on current and upcoming projects, snapshot data from recent publications, and information about current issues in the crime and justice sector.

Further crime and justice statistics and other related information can be found in the following publications:

1234.0 - Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC); 2008 (Second Edition)
4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia; June Quarter 2008
4528.0 - Personal Fraud, Australia; 2007
4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia; 2007
4513.0 - Criminal Courts, Australia; 2006-2007
4517.0 - Prisoners in Australia; 2007
4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia; 2005
4509.0 - Crime and Safety, Australia; 2005

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