1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, 2013  
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Welcome to the final update of the 2013 edition of the What's New in Regional Statistics newsletter. Below is a brief stock take of the regional statistics news and information we have relayed so far this year, as well as an overview of recent news, and what's coming up in the back half of the year.

What's happened so far in 2013?

For each of these activities, you will find a news item listed in the table of contents:

What's happened more recently?

The Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2005-06 to 2010-11 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003) was released on 20 December 2013 and contains time series data for 2005-06 to 2010-11. The estimates have been compiled using aggregated individual income tax data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Data cubes contain various cross-tabulations of the characteristics of wage and salary earners such as age, sex, occupation and wage and salary income for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2, 3 and 4.

The Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011 (cat. no. 2080.0) was issued on 18 December 2013 and contains information about registration, pricing and access to ACLD, as well as details about the data items in the dataset. The ACLD is an exciting new dataset which brings together data from the 2006 Census with data from the 2011 Census to build a picture of changes in society. The Information Paper: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, Methodology and Quality Assessment, 2006-2011 (cat. no. 2080.5) details the linkage methodology, quality of the linked data and weighting strategy. The Australians' journeys through life: Stories from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006 - 2011 (cat. no. 2081.0) is a series of articles analysing and demonstrating the ACLD and gives a glimpse of the type and range of information that the ALCD can provide.

Census Sample Files (CSF) for the 2011 Census were released on 12 December 2013 in Microdata: Census of Population and Housing, Census Sample File, 2011 (cat. no. 2037.0.30.001). The available products provide sample records for 1% and 5% of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. A detailed list of data items is available on the Downloads tab. The CSF is suitable for advanced users of Census data and is available as a charged product.

Motor Vehicle Census data is available for the first time in TableBuilder, details were released on 18 December 2013 in Microdata: Census of Motor Vehicles, Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 9309.0.55.003). A detailed list of data items available at Postcode level is located on the Downloads tab.

A chapter on ‘Rural and regional progress’ has been included in Measures of Australia's Progress, 2013. This issue, released on 14 November 2013, discusses progress indicators at the sub-state level for each of the MAP themes: society, economy, environment and governance. The 'Data and downloads' page of the MAP product includes spreadsheets containing 'Rural and regional' data and information about every MAP data item.

Deaths, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3302.0) released on 7 November 2013 presents statistics on deaths and mortality for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2 and 4, and Remoteness Areas.

On 13 September 2013 remoteness areas data was released in Preschool Education, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4240.0). This release presents selected tables previously released under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), and re-released under the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

What's coming up?

As normal, you can find out what's coming up in the Regional Statistics Schedule page contained in this newsletter.

We will also be continuing to work on our series of articles which provide "Perspectives on Regional Australia". Be aware that these articles cover the whole of Australia, so they look at city and country regions and future articles will continue to focus on housing arrangements.

The Productivity Commission has commenced a study of Geographic Labour Mobility (external link). The ABS prepared an initial submission. We expect that ABS data and measurement concepts will be important for this research.

We are also continuing to work on our "Regional Economic Data Directions" (REDD) project, and this was discussed at the June ABS State Statistical Forum, with the work receiving good support from State and Territory representatives. Details of the REDD project were also presented at the 2013 Local Government Researchers' Forum held in Adelaide in June and the 2013 Sustainable Economic Growth For Regional Australia conference held in Coffs Harbour on October.

We will continue to keep you up to date on our plans, releases and appearances with regular updates to this newsletter.

As always, if you have any feedback about this newsletter, or any of the above activities, we would love to hear from you. You can send feedback to regional.statistics@abs.gov.au, or call Gareth Edwards on (08) 8237 7674.

We wish all our readers an enjoyable Christmas, and a safe and happy New Year.

Lisa Conolly
Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre