On the eve of Australia Day 2001, Senator Margaret Reid launched the Centenary of Federation edition of the 2001 Year Book, Australia (Cat. no. 1301.0) at Old Parliament House. This special edition of the ABS flagship publication represented the ABS contribution to the celebration of the Centenary of Federation. The edition provided a ‘whole of century’ view and included special centenary articles by prominent Australians distinguished in their field.
The ABS continued to expand the content of its website during 2000-01. The main contents of nearly all ABS publications are now available free of charge. Also, the content of key publications such as the Year Book and Social Trends are available free of charge. At the same time there was steep growth in the website use, with the average number of documents accessed daily rising from around 41,000 in July 2000 to over 57,000 in June 2001. The ABS has met the requirements of the Government On-line Strategy (April 2000) in terms of accessibility and website standards. The ABS On-line Action Plan is available from the ABS website.
The AusStats service, which provides subscribers with easy access, via the ABS website, to ABS publications, time series tables and census community profiles, continued its success in 2000-01. This service provides a major step forward in the information made available via our website by making the full content of publications, census community profiles, spreadsheets and data cubes available to universities and to registered private subscribers. Enhancements were made to AusStats functionality and content during the year including improvements in useability.