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.