1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Dec 2008  
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Image: ABS Statistical Training and Information Seminars ABS Statistical training and information seminars

Venue: ABS Victorian Office, Level 5 south tower, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.
What Statistical training courses are available at ABS Victoria?

  • Turning Data Into Information (TDII)
  • Basic Survey Design (BSD)
  • Understanding Demographic Data (UDD)
  • Making Quality Informed Decisions (MQID)
  • Analysing Survey Data Made Simple (ASDMS)
  • Introduction to Labour Statistics (ILS)
  • Valuing Australia’s Environment
  • ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE (DiST)

We also offer free seminars such as:
  • CDATA Online (repeating)
  • Revised standards in ABS economic statistics 2009 (one-off)


Turning Data Into Information (TDII)
This course develops skills in interpreting, displaying and communicating data clearly and effectively. Analytical thinking skills are developed to enable the transformation of data into meaningful written information.

Length: 2 days
Fee: $750.00
2009 dates: 13-14 May, 7-8 October


Basic Survey Design (BSD)
This course aims to provide a broad overview of all facets of survey development. Topics include developing survey objectives, advantages and disadvantages of various collection methodologies, questionnaire design, data processing, reporting of results and management of the design process.

Length: 2 days
Fee: $750.00
2009 dates: 24-25 March, 8-9 July, 24-25 November


Understanding Demographic Data (UDD)
This one-day course introduces participants to demographic data in an international and Australian context. Participants will explore the components of population change (births, deaths, migration) and understand population estimates at the national, state and small area level. At the completion of this course participants will:

have an understanding of demographic concepts and current issues,
understand the basic methods of analysing demographic data; and
be able to access appropriate demographic data on the ABS website.

This course is designed for people who use and/or need to understand demographic data to formulate policies and programs.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $450.00
2009 dates: 18 March, 26 May, 9 September


Making Quality Informed Decisions (MQID)
This course introduces the concept of 'holistic quality' through the use of a data quality framework for a statistical collection. The framework ensures that users of statistics are able to assess whether the statistics are fit for their intended use. This course aims to provide a framework to evaluate the quality of available data sources and use this knowledge in the decision-making process.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $450.00
2009 dates: 3 March, 13 August


Analysing Survey Data Made Simple (ASDMS)
This computer based course develops practical skills in summarising and displaying survey data in graphical and tabular form. It provides the tools for finding simple relationships in survey data and testing for statistically significant differences in past and current survey results.

Length: 2 days
Fee: $750.00
2009 dates: 1-2 April, 2-3 September


Introduction to Labour Statistics (ILS)
This course provides an overview of the range of concepts and issues associated with ABS labour statistics. It explores the data produced by both household and employer based collections, and highlights the range of products available to access labour-related data.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $450.00
2009 date: 7 May


Valuing Australia’s Environment
A course focusing on the emerging discipline of environmental accounting. The course covers reasons for, and conceptual underpinnings of, environmental accounting as framed by the United Nations’ “System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting” (SEEA). It also covers practical issues associated with producing these accounts and presents some case studies, both within Australia and internationally. The course would be of interest to people requiring an overview of environmental statistics and their use and/or working in the field of environmental accounting or national accounts.

Length: 1 day
Fee: $450.00
2009 date: 10 June


ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE (DiST)
The ABS web site has large datasets that can be downloaded for free. This course will teach participants how to access these datasets in SuperTABLE format to create tables that meet their organisation's information needs. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and computer-based exercises, participants will learn how to use the free SuperTABLE software.

Length: Half day, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Fee: $300
2009 dates : 27 March, 29 April, 12 May, 22 May, 3 June, 17 June


For further information on ABS statistical training go to the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Select 'Services' then ABS Training. For courses listed above, Alan Page (03 9615 7899) is ABS's training contact in Victoria, or email queries/registrations to <victoria.statistics@abs.gov.au>.


Information Seminars (free):

CDATA Online seminars (CDATA)
Information sessions run for State and Local Government, will showcase 2006 Census products available free of charge on the ABS Website and present a case study using free Census data. An introduction to C-Data Online is covered in these sessions.

Length: 1.5 hours (2:00 pm start)
Fee: no charge
2009 dates: 20 January, 21 April, 21 May, 23 June, 23 July

To reserve a place on a CDATA Online seminar, please email <vic.client.services@abs.gov.au>, nominating which session you would like to attend, your name, organisation, contact phone number and email address. Please ring Heather Burns on 9615 7535 if you have any queries about the CDATA 2006 Information Sessions, or would like to arrange a session in your own government agency.


Revised standards in ABS economic statistics 2009 seminar
In September quarter 2009, ABS economic statistics will undergo the largest single change in over a decade. ABS will be aligning all of our subannual collections and National Accounts with recently updated international standards. There will be changes to many of the concepts used in ABS publications, structure of industry, and coverage of our collections.

This seminar will cover:

  • Why the ABS is adopting these new standards.
  • Reviewing new ANZSIC classification changes and overview of impact; impacts caused by implementing the international System of National Accounts, 2008; and changes caused by our new Institutional Sector Classification.
  • Indications of the likely impact of these.
  • Release schedule for publications on the new basis.

ABS presenters will be: Michael Meagher (Director, Economic Standards and Classifications Section), Derick Cullen (Director, National Accounts Research Section), Celia Quiatchon (Assistant Director, Economic Standards and Classifications Section), and Jenny Foster (Assistant Director, Economic Standards and Classifications Section).

Length: 1 hour
Fee: no charge
2009 date: March 24, 9:30-10:30am

The target audience for this seminar is any user of ABS statistics, particularly those who regularly access our publications. Contact Aidan Kent on (03) 9615 7607 or email <victoria.statistics@abs.gov.au>. to register your interest. RSVP by March 16, 2009.