1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Sep 2008  
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ABS Statistical training and information seminars

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

  • 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)

We also offer free less formal training with:
  • 2006 Census Information Sessions
  • Teacher Librarian Information Session

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
2008 Course Dates: 15 & 16 October
2009 Course Dates: 13 & 20 May, 7 & 13 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
2008 Course Dates: 26 & 27 November
2009 Course Dates: 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
2008 Course Dates: 21 & 22 October
2009 Course Dates: 18 March, 7 May

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 Course 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 Course 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 Course Dates: 7 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 officer, or email queries/registrations to <victoria.statistics@abs.gov.au>.

The two sessions below have their own contacts.

Free 2006 Census Information Sessions
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. A C-Data Online demonstration is included in the 11 Nov 2008 and later sessions.

Length: 2 hours
Fee: free
2008 Dates:

    2.00-4.00 pm Thrs 23 Oct 2008
    2.00-4.00 pm Tues 11 Nov 2008
    2.00-4.00 pm Tues 2 Dec 2008
    2.00-4.00 pm Tues 9 Dec 2008
2009 Date:
    2.00-4.00 pm Tues 20 Jan 2009

To reserve a Census Information place, 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 2006 Census Information Sessions, or would like to arrange a session in your own Victorian or Commonwealth agency.

Free Teacher Librarian Information Session
This free hands-on internet workshop will show you how to quickly access up-to-date information from the ABS website for many subject areas and year levels. As well, you'll discover the many on-line products and resources developed especially for teachers. Teacher-Librarians can RSVP to Gai Mooney to secure a place.

Time: 9:30am-3:30pm, 28 October, 2008

Contact: Gai Mooney, ph 03 9615 7530; email <education@abs.gov.au>.