2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Aug 1998  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/1998   
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Understanding Census data - 3 new Fact Sheets released

Census Fact Sheets are designed to help users gain a greater understanding of 1996 Census data. They are available free of charge and cover a variety of concepts such as geography, data quality and confidentiality.

Fact sheets 16, 17 and 18 are the latest to be released.

          Fact Sheet 16
          Labour Force Status

          This Fact Sheet addresses form design and coding changes to Labour Force Status that occurred between the 1991 and 1996 Censuses. These changes impact on the comparability of 1991 and 1996 Labour Force Status, and care should be taken when working with these data. The fact sheet details the changes and the effect these changes have on the data.
          Fact Sheet 17
          1996 Miscellaneous Collection Districts

          There are a number of Collection Districts (CDs) that are not like the majority of normal CDs and often require some explanation. These CDs are generally referred to as Miscellaneous CDs and fall into 5 basic types: Point CDs, Water CDs, Off-shore CDs, Shipping CDs and Migratory CDs. Due to their specific nature, these CDs can not be accurately represented geographically by digital boundaries and are represented graphically by symbols or as symbolic circular boundaries. The fact sheet describes each type, provides diagrams and lists all Water CDs.
          Fact Sheet 18
          Age Left School

          The Census Program is currently assessing the reasons for the growth in the misreporting of this question since the 1991 Census.

          Approximately 10% of the people coded as being "Still at School" (ie. those whose Age is less than 15 yrs), indicated by their responses to the questions Full time/Part time student and Type of Educational Institution Attending, that they were not attending any sort of educational institution. This compares to a figure of 0.4% in the 1991 Census.

To obtain your copy of these fact sheets, call your local ABS office in your State/ Territory.