AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL TRENDS
Social and Progress Reporting Section
Australian Bureau of Statistics, Canberra
Telephone (02) 6252 7187
Australian Social Trends (AST) is a quarterly ABS publication that presents information on contemporary social issues and areas of public policy concern. By drawing on a wide range of ABS and non-ABS statistics it describes aspects of Australian society and how these are changing over time. The publication comprises articles within chapters on the following major areas of social concern: population, family and community, health, education and training, work, economic resources, housing, other areas of social concern (e.g. the environment), and international comparisons.
National and state summary tables provide time series data for an extensive range of indicators within each area of social concern. International summary tables present key indicators in the areas of population, health, education and work. Each edition provides a cumulative topic list of all articles since Australian Social Trends was first published in 1994. Recent education and training articles include: 'Qualification Profile of Australians', 'Training for a Trade', 'Adult Literacy', 'Adult Learning', and 'Education Across Australia'.
While most of the articles in Australian Social Trends present a national picture, some include state/territory information. A ten-year time series of indicators on various topics, including education and training, is available on the ABS web site. These indicators are produced at both the national and the state/territory level. The education indicators include a range of data on participation in education and outcomes.
From 2009, Australian Social Trends is produced quarterly (in March, June, September and December each year). An annual publication will also be produced each September, which draws together the previous four quarters' articles. A cumulative list of articles is available with each issue.
Australian Social Trends (ABS cat. no. 4102.0)