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1303.0 - Discover the ABS, 2010  
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We can help you find the answers

Customised data serviceStatistical training
Up-to-date details on exports and importsFlagship publications
Expert survey adviceLicensed distributors of ABS data

We can help you find the answers

Do you need assistance to find what you are looking for? Speak to an ABS consultant who has experience across a range of statistical information to help you get the answers you need. Our consultants will either answer your enquiry over the phone or can explain the material available on the ABS website and in many public libraries.

Call 1300 135 070 or email

Customised Data Service

For your more complex enquiries, we can provide a range of additional data on a fee-for-service basis. Our customised consulting service gives you in-depth access to all ABS statistics for your detailed demographic, social, health, environmental, international trade and economic information needs. Our consultants are experienced with all types of information requests. With offices in every state and territory, we will help you identify what statistical information is available, how relevant it is to your request and what else may be able to assist with your business needs.

We can:
    • provide tailored reports with tables, commentary, graphs and maps highlighting the characteristics you are interested in
    • produce customised demographic data for projections and planning purposes
    • provide the very latest data, historical data or long time series.

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Up-to-date details on exports and imports

If you are looking for market development opportunities in Australia or overseas, ABS International Trade data should be at the core of your research no matter what your industry. Our International Trade Service is a charged service which can provide you with timely, regular reports on Australia’s exports and imports for the commodities of interest to you. Subscription reports, delivered by email, can be provided at monthly, quarterly or annual intervals.

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Expert survey advice

Our statisticians have many years of experience and internationally recognised expertise in survey design and data analysis. They can assist public sector clients with the analysis and use of ABS data.

Other services are also available to official public sector bodies, including:
• survey and sample design
• data analysis and modelling
• methodological reviews.

Thinking of conducting your own survey?

Take advantage of our reputation for integrity and confidentiality, and let us do the work for you. The Statistical Survey Service caters for the specific survey needs and requirements of government agencies and some other organisations.

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Statistical training

Through the National Statistical Training Institute, the ABS offers a range of training courses for anyone wishing to develop their statistical skills. Programs are available for beginners or those at a more advanced level. These programs cover skills used in developing high-quality statistical collections, in statistical analysis or to help you understand and make the best use of ABS information.

ABS training includes courses on how to:
    • analyse data or conduct statistical analysis
    • use data to write reports or social commentary
    • design surveys or questionnaires
    • use statistics in decision making
    • ensure statistics are used appropriately.

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Flagship Publications

Social and economic issues about life in Australia are covered by a range of key publications the ABS produces. Year Book Australia ( 1301.0) provides a comprehensive source of facts about Australia. The Year Book has around 30 chapters which cover Australia’s economic position and social conditions, as well as topical articles.

Measures of Australia’s Progress ( is a biennial publication which provides a digestible selection of statistical evidence that will allow Australians to make their own assessment of whether life in Australia is getting better. It does this by painting a picture of national progress over the past ten years, focusing on 14 headline dimensions across our economy, society and the environment. These include health, work, national income and wealth, economic hardship, the natural environment, family, community and social cohesion.

Australian Social Trends ( 4102.0) is released annually and offers all Australians an easy-to-understand collection of articles and key indicators about current social issues and the latest trends in our constantly changing society.

Analytical articles cover population, family and community, health, education and training, work, economic resources, housing and other areas of social concern, such as crime and the environment.

Internet users can freely access the content from our flagship publications. Hard copies of these publications can be ordered at a cost.

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Licensed Distributors of ABS Data

At the ABS we want to see our statistics widely available and widely used. We encourage the distribution of our data by Licensed Distributors. A current list of Licensed Distributors and general conditions associated with becoming a Licensed Distributor of ABS data can be found under How do I become a licensed Intermediary?

The ABS has adapted to many changes since 1905 when the concept of a national statistical office was first instituted. We remain a relevant and respected organisation in Australia and internationally.

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