Monday, June 15, 2009

Counting the Population

The recently released, Population Estimates: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2009 (cat. no 3228.0.55.001) provides a description of the concepts, sources and methods used by the ABS in the production of population estimates.

This publication is a great resource if you're interested in finding out more about:
  • the range of population estimates produced by the ABS
  • some of the major uses for these population estimates
  • the methods and data used to produce population estimates at the national/state and statistical local area (SLA) levels
  • the method used to produce population estimates for customised geography
  • components of population growth and of selected sub-populations
  • the data sources used to produce population estimates

For additional information on population concepts, see Information Paper: Population Concepts, 2008 (cat. no. 3107.0.55.006).

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics

The theme for National Reconciliation Week in 2009 is ‘See the person, not the stereotype’.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples live in all parts of Australia, from the large cities to small country towns and very remote communities. They speak a multitude of languages and belong to hundreds of distinct descent groups.

The ABS has produced a number of snapshot articles about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including:

National Reconciliation Week takes place between 27th May and 3rd June with Reconciliation events held across Australia each day. For more information check out the Reconciliation Australia website.