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1307.6 - Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators, Dec 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/01/2010   
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  • Explanatory Notes

QUALITY DECLARATION - SUMMARY



INSTITUTIONAL ENVIRONMENT

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) is produced by the Tasmanian office of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The staff producing the publication have experience in the compilation of compendium publications (using both ABS and non-ABS data).

The development of TSRI was informed by consultations with users of both ABS and non-ABS statistics. Through this consultation, government agencies, academic researchers, businesses, community organisations and individual Australians have told the ABS what state and regional level data they would like compiled and how they would like it presented. The aim of this product is to provide a reference for discussion and decision-making by the government and the general community.

For information on the institutional environment of the ABS, including the legislative obligations of the ABS, financing and governance arrangements, and mechanisms for scrutiny of ABS operations, please follow the link to read about the ABS Institutional Environment.


RELEVANCE

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) considers some of the key aspects and areas of interest to people in Tasmania and provides indicators and a brief summary of these. Indicators and commentary are presented in the following areas: labour, economic activity, industry, population, family and community, household economic resources, education, housing and construction, transport, crime and justice, health, and the environment.


TIMELINESS

The Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) is released quarterly with three chapters being updated each quarter. Chapters are updated with the most recently released data available and where possible and appropriate, presented as a time series. For those chapters not being updated in the most recent release, the ABS website and the websites of other organisations may provide more recent and/ or detailed statistics.


ACCURACY

The quality of data presented in Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) will vary based on the source of information. For example, Census and administrative data will be more reliable than survey estimates, and state level data more reliable than regional or smaller area data. All data included in this publication has been assessed to ensure it was fit and appropriate for publication and analysis.

ABS survey data is, when applicable, accompanied by annotations indicating the relative accuracy of the statistics. Other information relating to the accuracy or fitness for purpose of data (for both ABS and non-ABS data) can be found in the table footnotes/cell annotations. More detailed information on each collection or source can be found on the agency website or within the original publication, which are, where possible, linked in the datacubes.


COHERENCE

The selected content of Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) is reviewed each issue to ensure data is relevant and up to date. TSRI brings together Tasmanian state level and regional level data, along with occasional feature articles. Each chapter includes commentary along with analysis and graphs for selected indicators.

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) presents data on issues of importance to Tasmania and no systematic or comprehensive attempt has been made to compare Tasmania with other states. Administrative data presented in TSRI are sourced, in the main, from Tasmanian state government agencies and, in these cases, are only available for Tasmania. However, all ABS data presented are available for other states and territories on request or in many cases, via published sources. Selected key publications related to TSRI are accessible through the Related Information tab.


INTERPRETABILITY

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) contains a wide range of information on numerous topics. The information is sourced from multiple ABS collections as well as surveys and administrative datasets collected by non-ABS agencies. To help you understand and interpret these statistics the product contains:
  • analysis on selected core data tables; and
  • sources for each individual table and graph.

For more detailed explanatory information regarding any of the statistics in this publication, users should consult the referenced publication, legislation or agency.


ACCESSIBILITY

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (TSRI) analysis and datacubes are accessible through the ABS website. General inquiries about the content and interpretation of the statistics in this publication should be addressed to David O'Brien on (03) 6222 5783. For all other inquiries please contact the National Information Referral Service on 1300 375 070.

Links (or references) to source publications can be located within the datacubes. Links to related publications can be located within the Related Information tab.


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