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1003.0 - ABS News for Libraries, Nov 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/12/2007   
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Making the most of ABS Information Consultancy Services

Image: Promotional graphicIn addition to the wealth of free statistics available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ website, the ABS offers an Information Consultancy Service, where exprienced consultants an provide more detailed data, or tables customised to meet individual needs.

Who makes use of Information Consultancies?
    • Local governments request Census and demographic data for planning; for example, housing development, child care facilities etc...
    • Parliamentarians and ministers request Census data about their constituents' characteristics
    • Government policy staff request data from a range of sources on current issues of concern; for example, income, education, housing, health, etc...
    • Government agencies request demographic data for benchmarking and evaluating programs
    • Academics and students request a variety of data for research purposes such as data modelling
    • People wanting to start a business request data to identify the best location and markets for their business
    • Business owners request International Trade data to identify market trends and their own market share
    • Organisations involved in tourism request Overseas Arrivals and Departures data to better understand the industry
    • Intermediaries may purchase data to use in their own products and services.

Find out more about the ABS Information Consultancy service in the recently released brochure, Information Consultancy Services, 2007 (cat. no. 9920.0). Including Frequently Asked Questions by first time users of the Information Consultancy Service, the brochure outlines the wide range of data available from both the ABS website and the cost-recovered consultancy service.

More information about how ABS data can help people can be found in the Planning for Business (cat. no. 1391.0.55.001) brochure. This brochure presents a range of case studies demonstrating how ABS data, available either from the ABS website or obtained via consultancy, can be used to assist in decision-making.

To find out more, contact us via the telephone enquiry service on 1300 135 070, or email

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