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What's Happening
Census | Beyond the Count
Free Information Session at ABS Victoria
NatStats 2010
Small Business BIG Marketing Event
Thank You For Your Assistance
Email Notification Service


Banner: Census Beyond the Count conference


Census | beyond the count is a showcase event that explores the issues that matter to all Australians. We will look beyond the count and reveal what a difference the Census makes.

The 2011 Census is less than a year away! In the lead up to the Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will host an exciting event at Hilton on the Park in Melbourne, from the 2 March to 4 March 2011.

The Census | beyond the count conference will highlight the effective and innovative use of Census data by government, community and private sector organisations. Over the course of two days, the conference will explore the difference that the Census makes to community planning, infrastructure development, business opportunities and government policy.

We are now calling for speakers to present at this exciting event! The program will feature a variety of presentation formats, including plenary presentations, panel discussions, concurrent sessions and workshops. We are seeking presentations of approximately 20 minutes in length, that demonstrate practical examples of how Census data has been used to 'make a difference' across a wide range of sectors, at all levels of government and business, and in communities across Australia.

If you would like to join us at Census | beyond the count or know of others who have a Census story to tell, we would love to hear from you.

Visit <www.abs.gov.au/beyondthecount> to find out more. We also encourage you to follow us on Twitter <@beyondthecount>.


Interested in knowing what to expect for Census 2011? Struggling to make sense of the ABS website and its products? Not sure where to turn for more information?

Well, look no further. We will be holding a free information session in the ABS Victorian office about these topics.

Date: Tuesday 9 November 2010
Time: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Venue: ABS Victorian Office, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.

Our presenter, Heather Burns, will cover:
  • An overview of proposed Census 2011 products
  • The new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)
  • Tips on navigating the ABS website
  • The Understanding Statistics portal
  • How to use CDATA 2006 correctly
  • How to use Socio-Economic Indexes For Areas (SEIFA) 2006 correctly
  • How to contact the ABS for assistance

To register your attendance for this session, or to find out more, please email victoria.statistics@abs.gov.au. If you work in State or Local Government and would like a similar session run in your office, please contact Heather Burns on 03 9615 7535 to discuss.
Banner: NatStats 2010 Conference


On 15-17 September in Sydney, over 450 delegates attended the NatStats conference in Sydney. The delegates included leaders, high profile commentators, researchers and policy makers from all levels of government, academia, community and business.

The overall theme for NatStats 2010 was "Measuring what counts: economic development, wellbeing and progress in 21st century Australia". The following four topics formed a focus for the discussions:
  1. Challenges facing Australian Society: Issues, Policy and Information
  2. Australia in the Global Economy
  3. Improving Australians' Wellbeing; and
  4. Measuring Progress: Improving the Measurement of Progress.

A range of high profile and eminent speakers presented to delegates during the two days, including: the new Minister with responsibility for the ABS, The Hon. Bill Shorten; Mr Paul McClintock AO of the COAG Reform Council; Professor Enrico Giovannini of the National Institute of Statistics in Italy; Dr. Ken Henry, Secretary to the Commonwealth Treasury; Dr. Philip Lowe of the Reserve Bank of Australia; Ms Martine Durand of the OECD; and the Hon. Dr Geoff Gallop AC, to name but a few.

The focus on the measurement of wellbeing was a thread throughout the entire conference, drawing together a range of initiatives in Australia, such as the ABS Measures of Australia's Progress (cat. no. 1370.0) publication that was launched at the conference, through to OECD work to develop international frameworks. A key theme to emerge was the increasing interconnection between economies and therefore national, regional and international statistical systems.

This successful and stimulating conference built on the enthusiasm and passion generated by delegates at NatStats08, and included the development of conference recommendations to guide the development of national statistics for Australia in the 21st century. The NatStats 2010 Conference Recommendations will be released on the first ever World Statistics Day, on October 20th, 2010.

We would like to thank all the Victorian delegates who attended NatStats 2010 and we look forward to working with you to build an effective national statistical service for the future.

In August, the Victorian Government's Small Business Victoria coordinated an annual small business festival, Energise Enterprise, comprising over 400 events across metropolitan and regional Victoria. Energise Enterprise draws together industry groups, private organisations and local, state and commonwealth government agencies to provide a variety of information and assistance for those who are starting or building a business.

One of the feature events this year was the "Small Business BIG Marketing Event" held in Melbourne. This event provided a wealth of information to those who attended, with about 20 exhibitors and four guest speakers, including a keynote speech by international marketing expert Christian Schultz.

The ABS was an exhibitor at this event, showcasing the range of statistical products and services to assist business operators in making informed business decisions. We demonstrated the free data on the ABS website, its potential uses by businesses, and the additional services available as paid consultancies. We were also able to promote the range of tools and resources available on the Understanding Statistics Portal to build statistical capability.

Many business operators were interested in finding out more about the changes in the latest Industry Classification (ANZSIC 2006), with regard to emerging industries.

The event was also a useful platform to promote the 2011 Census, the new Australian Statistical Geographical Standard, and the new range of Census products to be made freely available from June 2012. More information on these products, e.g. TableBuilder and Quick Stats, will be publicised in coming months.

A lot of interest was shown in our products and services, and we are keen to be involved again in the future!

More information for small businesses is available on the Small Business Portal of the ABS website.

The ABS Victorian Statistical Analytical Services (VSAS) section wishes to extend a thank you to the many Local Government Areas (LGAs) that participated in the 2009-2010 Estimated Residential Population (ERP) for LGAs survey conducted in August 2010. The information gathered through the survey will provide a useful validation tool in the preparation of 2010 population estimates for LGAs.

The annual ERP publication (cat no. 3218.0) is used by a variety of government and non-government agencies for a number of purposes, including the planning of infrastructure and allocation of Financial Assistance Grants. The next release of the ERP publication is due in March 2011.

The most recent annual ERP publication can be accessed in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 3218.0) on the website.


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