1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Dec 2006  
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Combined Meeting of the Economic and Social Statistics Consultative Groups

The Australian Bureau of Statistics, in conjunction with public and private sector agencies, is in the planning phases of a project to create regional profiles, the first of which will feature the Pilbara region. The specific aim of these profiles is to bring together information from a multiple of sources which can be used to aid in the planning and delivery of government services to regional WA. Eventually, these profiles could be used to develop a suite of community indicators for regions. Issues to be resolved included: the range of information to be included in the profiles; how and where to store the profiles; how to disseminate the information in the profiles; and how to ensure the ongoing maintenance of the profiles.

Members of the Economic and Social Statistics Consultative Groups participated in an interactive Workshop in order to understand what government services are delivered in the Pilbara region, explore the most appropriate range of information to include in the Pilbara profile, and determine what data currently exists for the region. This workshop focussed mainly on the range of information to be included. A small working party will be established to focus on the remaining issues. Good progress was made and the session finished with light refreshments to celebrate the beginning of the festive season.

More information about the Economic and Social Statistics Consultative Groups can be found on the ABS Web site