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