4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Nov 2005  
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Welcome to the final Age Matters newsletter for 2005. Next year we will be adopting a slightly different timetable for the newsletter, with the first 2006 issue due out at the end of January. Issues will continue to be released on a two monthly basis.

This year has been a busy one for the ABS and for NASU. Some key activities of the ABS this year have been the preparations for next year's Census on August 8th and the development of the National Statistical Service. The Queensland Office of the ABS recently moved to new premises at 639 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley. Most Queensland contact numbers have mainly remained unchanged although the NASU fax number is different. You will see that it now has an (02) prefix as it is now managed electronically.

NASU has focused this year on preparatory work for the development of an Information Development Plan and a consultation process will commence early in the New Year. Information Development Plans (IDPs) are living documents that map the broad issues and data needs for a given field to the available data sources in order to determine data gaps, deficiencies and overlaps. They provide a framework for the systematic improvement, integration and use of data resources by prioritising data development and data improvement through an agreed action plan. There will be opportunities to contribute to the consultation process by the completion of a questionnaire which will be placed on the web site at the same time as the January newsletter.

This issue includes excerpts from Profile on Queensland Baby Boomers prepared by the ABS and the Queensland Government's Office of Economic and Statistical Research (cat. no. 4149.3). and a preview of the proposed products and services of 2006 Census output. We welcome your feedback on the newsletter and the articles. Feedback can be provided via either of the two email addresses below.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a safe, happy and healthy Christmas and look forward to continuing to work with you in 2006.

Mae Mulheran