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Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology
Research Paper: Business Innovation and the Use of Information and Communications Technology
Census of Population and Housing: Outcomes from the 2011 Census Output Geography Discussion Paper
Demography News
Queensland at a Glance
Education News
Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas
Quality Management of Statistical Processes Using Quality Gates
2011 Census - Are you in the picture?



Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology, 2011

Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology, 2011 (cat no. 1217.0.55.001) was released on 4 March 2011.

This publication contains brief explanations and definitions of various geographical terms and classifications used in ABS products.


Research Paper: Business Innovation and the Use of Information and Communications Technology, Mar 2011

Research Paper: Business Innovation and the Use of Information and Communications Technology, Mar 2011 (cat no. 1351.0.55.033) was released on 3 March 2011.

This study uses data from the ABS Business Longitudinal Database (BLD) to examine the association between the intensity of use of information and communications technology (ICT) by businesses, and innovation. Firm level data for 6,442 businesses from the 2005-06 and 2006-07 waves of the BLD are used. An ‘ICT intensity index’ is constructed to represent the levels of sophistication in the business’ ICT usage. The association of this indicator with different types of innovation is modelled using multivariate regression. The types of innovation considered include product, process, organisational and marketing innovations.

The analysis finds a strong relationship between ICT intensity and innovative activity at the firm level. Businesses which use sophisticated types of ICT are significantly more likely to undertake innovation of any type. The more intense ICT users are likely to undertake more types of innovation, more novel innovations and are more likely to develop the innovations internally. The relationship between ICT and innovative activity holds when controlling for a range of other business characteristics, such as employment size and industry division.


Census of Population and Housing: Outcomes from the 2011 Census Output Geography Discussion Paper, 2011

Census of Population and Housing: Outcomes from the 2011 Census Output Geography Discussion Paper, 2011 (cat. no. 2911.0.55.003) was released on 22 February 2011.

In March 2010 the ABS published the Discussion Paper: Census of Population and Housing - ABS Views on the 2011 Census Output Geography (cat. no. 2911.0.55.002).

The paper explained our Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) implementation plans for the 2011 Census data output. You were invited to comment on the proposed range of Census products and services available for the various levels of the ASGS. This second information paper summarises your feedback and our response. It outlines the changes which have been made to the original proposal.

Summary

Most feedback was supportive of our plans to disseminate Census data on an ASGS basis.

However, a number of concerns were raised, including:
  • Indigenous Profiles not being available by Statistical Area Level geographies
  • Time Series Profile only being available by Statistical Local Area and not on Statistical Area Level geographies
  • The impact the change in geography classifications would have on time series data, and
  • The impact on data availability for Place of Work, Address 1 Year Ago and Address 5 Years Ago

In response we have made the following changes:
  • Indigenous Profiles will be available for Statistical Area Level 2 through to Statistical Area Level 4
  • All Community Profiles and DataPacks, apart from the Working Profile, will be available for Statistical Local Areas
  • QuickStats will be available for Statistical Local Areas
  • Time Series Profile will be released for a range of ASGS areas
  • Place of Work, Address 1 year ago and Address 5 year ago will be released for Statistical Area Level 2 and Local Government Area
  • Boundaries for Statistical Local Areas and Local Government Areas will be finalised in June 2011 to ensure they are current for the 2011 Census

Demography News, Feb 2011

Demography News, Feb 2011 (cat. no. 3106.0) was released on 22 February 2011.

Demographic statistics provide measures of the Australian population, its size, growth, composition and geographic distribution, as well as the components that shape population change: births, deaths and migration.

This newsletter provides information about the latest demographic research and analysis being undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Subjects include;
  • Impact of Floods on ABS Data: An Update
  • 2011 Census: Preview Our Plans
  • The Australian Statistical Geography Standard and Population Estimates
  • Feature Article - Australia's Recent Temporary Migrants
  • Overseas Arrivals and Departures
  • Victorian Local Government Area Population Pyramids

Queensland at a Glance, Jan 2011

Queensland at a Glance, Jan 2011 (cat. no. 1312.3) was released on 9 February 2011.

Queensland at a Glance is an annual publication that provides selected statistics on the State of Queensland, topics include;
  • People: Demography, Labour Market, Regional Population, Education, Crime and Justice
  • Industry: Agriculture, Mining, Selected Industries, Building, Tourist Accommodation, Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Retail Turnover
  • Economy: CPI, External Merchandise Trade, State Government Finance
  • Environment: Climate, Geography, Government

Education News, January 2011

Education News, January 2011 (cat. no. 1330.0) was released on 31 January 2011.

This newsletter highlights the latest curriculum related teaching resources, student activities and statistical tools that have been developed by ABS Education Services as well as other ABS resources that are useful for schools.

Some items include;
  • 2011 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire
  • The International Statistical Literacy Project poster competition
  • The International CensusAtSchool Data Tool
  • Classroom Ideas
  • The Interact with our data page
  • Conferences

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.001) was released on 23 December 2010.

The ASGS provides a common framework of statistical geography used by the ABS to enable the publication of statistics that are comparable and spatially integrated. This publication is the first in a series of Volumes that will detail the various structures and regions of the ASGS. Its purpose is to outline the conceptual basis of mesh blocks, the regions of the main structure and the Greater Capital City Statistical Areas and their relationships to each other. The digital boundaries, codes and labels for each of these regions can be obtained as downloads from the ABS website free of charge.

PURPOSE OF THIS PUBLICATION

The purpose of this publication is to outline the conceptual basis of the ASGS Main Structure and the Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSAs) and their relationships to each other. The digital boundaries, maps, codes and labels for each of these regions are defined and can be obtained from the ABS website free of charge at http://www.abs.gov.au/geography.

This publication is the first in a series of volumes that will detail the various structures and regions of the ASGS. For more detail, please refer to ASGS Related Material and Release Timetable.

PURPOSE OF THE ASGS

The main purpose of the ASGS is for disseminating geographically classified statistics. It provides a common framework of statistical geography which enables the publication of statistics that are comparable and spatially integrated.

When the ASGS is fully implemented within the ABS, statistical units such as households and businesses will be assigned to a Mesh Block. Data collected from these statistical units will then be compiled into ASGS defined geographic regions which, subject to confidentiality restrictions, will be available for publication.
Quality Management of Statistical Processes Using Quality Gates, Dec 2010

Quality Management of Statistical Processes Using Quality Gates, Dec 2010 (cat. no. 1540.0) was released on 23 December 2010.

This Information Paper describes Quality Gates, providing an explanation of each of the six components of Quality Gates, followed by a discussion of the benefits and learnings from the use of gates and a demonstration of how they are used by the ABS.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is Australia's official statistical agency. It is committed to leading a high quality statistical service to assist and encourage informed decision making. A key function of the ABS is to provide statistical leadership in developing and assisting to implement standards used in statistical processes undertaken by official bodies.

Statistical collections are often exposed to the risk that one or more of the components of the process fail to meet the quality standard expected, such that the quality or the integrity of the statistical outputs are affected. In this paper we refer to this kind of risk as "statistical risk". Statistical risk arises for various reasons, some of which may include inadequate inputs, processes not being well defined, changes to existing processes, or human error.

The purpose of this paper is to introduce a new approach to managing statistical processes. This framework provides a systematic approach for assessing the quality of the statistics at specific points in the process, such that the overall quality of outputs are fit for their intended purposes. Agencies involved in collecting, processing, analysing or disseminating statistics will be able to apply the framework for mitigation against statistical risks in statistical processes.
2011 Census - Are you in the picture?

2011 Census Media Release: Are you in the picture (Media Release), 2011 was released on 12 February, 2011

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) spectacular three-dimensional art work created at Brisbane’s Queens Street Mall can now be re-lived online.

Time-lapsed vision of the chalk illustration, drawn by internationally renowned artist Jenny McCracken, is available on our YouTube channel, Census Australia.

Time-lapsed vision of the chalk design will also be available on Facebook at 2011 Census Australia, along with other topical Census videos, polls and quizzes.

Journalists, reporters, editors and producers can also follow the Census on Twitter @2011Census.

Key Census dates:
  • February 2011 - Recruitment of Area Supervisors begins.
  • 2 - 4 March 2011 - Census ‘Beyond the Count’ conference.
  • Early April 2011 - Recruitment of Census Collectors begins.
  • 28 July 2011 - eCensus opens to the public.
  • 9 August 2011 - Census night.
  • 10 August - Early September 2011 - Collection of Census forms.
  • June 2012 - The first results from the 2011 Census will be released.

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