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.