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


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 ( 2039.0)