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.