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1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Sep 2008  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/09/2008   
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Summary of Events

Bizlinks Success
On July 30 2008, the ABS was involved in the first ‘All-of-Government’ Bizlinks seminar, an initiative designed to assist small businesses during the initial stages of their start-up or development.

The participants of the seminar watched presentations by a variety of Government organisations, covering topics such as market and industry research, the Trade Practices Act, attraction and retention of staff, tax requirements and different revenue obligations. Participants also received a complimentary information pack that contained additional material beneficial to the operation of small businesses.

Due to positive feedback from participants, the seminars will be held more frequently. Contact Bodi Ledwij on 08 9360 5125 for more details.

Dowerin Field Day

The ABS visited the Dowerin Field Day again this year, sharing a Marquee with other members of the Government Business Information Network, including the ATO, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the State Library of WA.

This proved a great opportunity for all concerned. Despite, or perhaps because of, the ATO presence there were many visitors to the booth. Early on the first day, which was very wet, we were also visited by a freshly shorn, slightly panicked sheep sliding through the entrance and creating mayhem before being captured and returned to his home.

Visitors to the ABS representative showed interest in a wide variety of topics especially the 2006 Census of Population and Housing and the 2005 - 2006 Agricultural Census.

Special Project
The Information Skills Program (ISP) has been devised to increase the awareness and use of data and information disseminated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The ISP Consultant in Western Australia, Margaret Garner, presents free seminars at the ABS Offices or she can also run the seminar in your organisation.

ISP members from all state and territories recently gathered to discuss their Forward Work Program and the best ways to improve Statistical Literacy in the community.

If you are interested in accessing these free seminars please contact Margaret Garner on 08 9360 5127.


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