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1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Dec 2009  
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ABS STATISTICAL TRAINING AND INFORMATION SEMINARS

Venue: ABS Victorian Office, Level 5 South Tower, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.

Time: full day courses generally run 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

What Statistical training courses are available at ABS Victoria?

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

Turning Data Into Information (TDII)
This course develops skills in interpreting and analysing data, and communicating information clearly and effectively. Analytical thinking skills are developed to enable the transformation of data into meaningful information such as written reports. A key theme of this course is analytical thinking to ensure relevant messages are extracted from data to meet set objectives.

Length: 2 days
Fee: $750.00
2010 dates: 2-3 March, 20-21 July, 23-24 November


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
2010 dates: 10-11 March, 24-25 August


Principles of Questionnaire Design
A well designed questionnaire is vital for collecting high quality data. This course aims to provide participants with an awareness and understanding of questionnaire design principles. The course covers selecting collection methodologies, developing survey questions, designing questionnaire layout and testing the questionnaire.

Length: 2 days
Fee: $750.00
2010 dates: 16-17 March, 13-14 October


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
2010 dates: 26 May, 9 Sept


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
2010 dates: 28 April, 31 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
2010 dates: 13-14 April, 27-28 Oct


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
2010 date: 4 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
2010 date: 8 June


Introduction to ABS Statistics
A general module 'ABS Website Made Simple' will introduce participants how to access, understand and use ABS statistics along with a selection of seven topic focused modules, providing an introduction to ABS collections.
* ABS Website Made Simple (both sessions are from 9am -12pm)

Topic focused modules (both sessions are from 1pm - 4.30pm):
* Estimated Resident Population Made Simple and Labour Force Survey Made Simple: 24 March 2010
* ABS Agriculture Statistics Made Simple and ABS Environment Made Simple: 6 May 2010

For other topic modules available refer to the course profile available on ABS's training website.

Length: 1/2 or 1 day workshop
Fee: $120 for 1/2 day or $180 for 1 day workshop
2010 dates: 24 March and 6 May


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 Victoria's training contact, or email queries/registrations to <victoria.statistics@abs.gov.au>. Course descriptions are available here: Victorian dates and registration form.


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