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NatStats 2010 Conference
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics will be hosting another NatStats conference at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour on 15 - 17 September 2010.

NatStats 2010 will build on the enthusiasm and passion generated by delegates at NatStats08 and aims to build stronger links with key stakeholders, strengthen the understanding of statistical issues within and across governments, and consolidate support for current and emerging statistical initiatives.

An exciting program is being developed and will address a range of issues regarding national statistics. If you would like to hear more about NatStats 2010 Conference, or have any suggestions, please contact Annette Hants on (02) 6252 6936 or email natstats@nss.gov.au.




ABS Statistical Training Course - Valuing Australia’s Environment

The course 'Valuing Australia’s Environment' will be held at the ABS Queensland Office on 1 June 2010.

This one-day course provides an introduction to the notion of environmental accounts, including insight into their compilation and uses. The information contained in environmental accounts enables governments to develop environmental policies, including identifying more sustainable development pathways, priority regions and industries. It also enables monitoring of the impact of economic policies on the environment, and greater precision in the development of environmental regulations and resource management strategies.

Environmental accounts also allow others in the community, business, non-government organisations and the general public to monitor their own progress

towards targets which they may have identified and funded.

This course is suitable for those seeking an introduction to environmental accounting. Both statisticians and data users with an interest in the environment may find the course valuable.

Registrations and contacts: ABS Training: Registration and Contacts

Venue: ABS Queensland Office, Level 3 - 639 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley, Queensland.

Duration: 1 day (approx. 9:00 am to 4:30 pm)

Fee: $450.00 (inc. GST)

Date: 1 June 2010



RECENT RELEASES

Schools, Australia, 2009

Causes of Death, Australia, 2008

Criminal Courts, Australia, 2008-09

Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2008-09

Standards for Income Variables, 2010

Education and Work, Australia, May 2009

CDATA Online, 2006 (Additional Information)

Migration, Australia, 2007-08 (Additional Information)

Energy in Focus: Energy Use in Australian Homes, March 2010

Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008-09

Education and Training Experience, 2009



Schools, Australia, 2009

Schools, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4221.0) was released on 16 March 2010.

This publication contains statistics on school, students and teaching staff involved in the provision or administration of primary and secondary education, in government and non-government schools for all Australian states and territories. Schools are classified by level of education (primary, secondary or combined); category (government, non-government); non-government affiliation (catholic or independent). Students are classified by level and year of education, Indigenous status, full-time or part-time status, age at 1 July, category of school and sex. Teaching staff are classified by level of school education, category of school and sex. Teaching staff are classified by level of school education, category of school and sex. Also included are derived measures of student participation, continuation, progression (new in 2008) and retention, and ratios of students to teachers. Many of the statistical tables include selected time series.

This release contains state, territory and national statistics for schools, students and staff at the 2009 census date of the 7th August.

The full-time plus part-time School Participation Rates have been added to this publication for the first time. These rates come from the suite of secondary school measures originally proposed in the Research Paper: Deriving Measures of Engagement in Secondary Education from the National Schools Statistics Collection , Dec 2006 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.016).

This suite of measures was developed in response to acknowledged shortcomings of Apparent Retention Rates and a need for more accurate measures of retention and grade progression. Later in 2010, an appendix, descriptive information and data cube will be released as additional information to further illustrate these measures. In particular, information about Cumulative Apparent Grade Progression Rates, a measure which has certain advantages over Apparent Retention Rates, will be included.

Some data for Queensland:
  • Between 1999 and 2009, the number of government schools has declined from 1,300 to 1,245 while the number of non-government schools has increased from 420 to 465.
  • The number of full-time students in government schools increased from 425,876 in 1999 to 484,615 in 2009, a 14% increase, while the number of students in non-government schools increased from 168,708 in 1999 to 233,373 in 2009, a 38% increase.
  • Between 1999 and 2009, the number of full-time students in government primary schools rose from 273,710 to 310,327, a 13% increase. Corresponding figures for non-government schools were 85,278 in 1999 to 128,204 in 2009, a 50% increase.



Causes of Death, Australia, 2008

Causes of Death, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 3303.0) was released on 31 March 2010.

This publication presents statistics on the number of deaths, for reference year by state or territory of Australia, sex, selected age groups, and cause of death classified to the World Health Organisation's International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Version 10 of the ICD was introduced from the 1999 reference year. Causes of death is presented in the publication in a number of different ways including: by underlying cause, leading causes and multiple causes. Data is also presented for deaths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons, for Australians born overseas and for suicide deaths.

The 2008 data presented in this publication is preliminary data and will be subject to a revision process. Revised 2007 Causes of Death data are also presented in this publication by underlying cause of death. Further information on the revision process for 2007 data can be found in Technical Note: Causes of Death Revision Process.

Prior to 2006, statistics on perinatal deaths have been included in this publication, however from the 2007 reference year onward this data is published in Perinatal Deaths, Australia (cat. no. 3304.0).

Some data for Queensland:
  • Intentional self-harm was the cause of death of 507 persons in 2008 and the loss of 17,730 years of potential life, more than the total for transport accidents (346), which caused 13,465 years of loss of potential life.
  • Intentional self-harm was the main cause of death of age groups 15-24 years, 25-29 years and 35-44 years, malignant neoplasms of digestive organs was the main cause of death for age groups 55-64 years and ischaemic heart disease was the main cause of death for age groups 45-54 years, 65 - 74 years and all older groups.
  • Diseases of the digestive system caused 905 deaths and loss of 6,719 years of potential life.
  • Respiratory diseases caused the death of 2,072 persons and loss of 8,121 years of potential life.
  • Circulatory system diseases caused 9,206 deaths and loss of 32,513 years of potential life.
  • Neoplasms (cancer) caused 8,212 deaths and loss of 69,934 years of potential life.



Criminal Courts, Australia, 2008-09

Criminal Courts, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4513.0) was released on 12 March 2010.

This publication provides nationally comparable data showing the number of defendants dealt with by the Higher (Supreme and Intermediate), Magistrates and Children's criminal courts. Includes details on the characteristics of defendants (such as age and sex), and outcomes associated with adjudicated defendants (including sentence type) by the type of principal offence committed. Information is presented for each state and territory (including the aggregate total for Australia) and for each of the three court levels.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2008-09, 4,511 defendants in higher courts were proven guilty. Of these 78.7% were given custodial orders (14.0% fully suspended, 3.5% custody in the community and 61.2% custody in a correctional institution). Non-custodial orders were given to 21.3% (14.3% community supervision/work orders, 4.4% monetary orders and 2.6% other non-custodial orders.
  • In Magistrates Courts in the same period, 148,738 defendants were proven guilty. The great majority (94.5%) received non-custodial orders (81.6% monetary orders, 5.5% community supervision/work orders, 5.3% good behaviour bonds and 2.0% other). Custodial orders were given to 5.5% (2.0% fully suspended, 0.2% custody in the community and 3.3% custody in a correctional institution).
  • Children's Courts recorded 6,439 defendants proven guilty. Community supervision/work orders were given to 43.0%, another 14.8% were given good behaviour bonds, 5.2% were given monetary orders, and 31.5% were given other non-custodial orders (licence disqualification/suspension/amendments, forfeiture of property orders and nominal penalties). Custodial orders were given to 5.5% of defendants.



Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2008-09

Recorded Crime - Offenders, 2008-09 (cat. no. 4519.0) was released on 18 March 2010.

This publication presents statistics about the characteristics of alleged offenders who were proceeded against by police during the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, for all states and territories. This includes information about the most serious offence, referred to as the principal offence, associated with an alleged offender. Statistics are also presented on the number of police proceedings that police initiated in the form of court and non-court actions during 2008-09 for all states and territories except Western Australia.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2008-09, 83,806 alleged offenders were proceeded against by the police. Of these, 58,157 were proceeded against once, 14,252 proceeded against twice, 5,492 proceeded against three times, 2,636 four times and 3,269 five times or more.
  • The age group with the highest number of offenders proceeded against by police was 15-19 years followed by 20-24 years and 25-29 years.
  • In 2008-09, 25,331 alleged youth offenders (aged 10-19 years) were proceeded against by police.
  • The commonest youth offences in 2008-09 were theft and related offences (6,186), followed by public order offences (4,871), acts intended to cause injury (3,110) and illicit drug offences (2,752).



Standards for Income Variables, 2010

Standards for Income Variables, 2010 (cat. no. 1287.0) was released on 15 March 2010.

This publication specifies ABS standards for the collection, processing, storage and dissemination of statistics on income. Topics covered include the ABS recommended definitions of concepts, classification criteria, code structures, questionnaire modules and output categories. Issues related to these standards are also discussed.


Education and Work, Australia, May 2009 (Additional Information)

Education and Work, Australia, May 2009 (cat. no. 6227.0) Additional Information was released on 25 March 2010.

This data cube 'Persons aged 15-24 who are fully engaged in education or training and/or work' is the third in a series which focus on specific aspects of education and training data, from the Survey of Education and Work. It provides data in Excel spreadsheets for persons aged 15-24 who are fully engaged in education or training and/or work, by state/territory of residence, sex and age group. Includes data for 2001-2009.

Some data for Queensland:
  • At May 2009, 471,300 persons aged 15-24 (78.4% of the total) were engaged full-time in work or study. Corresponding figures at May 2001 were 388,600 persons (76% of the total).



CDATA Online Version 2, 2006

CDATA Online Version 2, 2006 (2064.0) was released on 24 March 2010.

The CData Online service has been upgraded. A range of new features, and additional data (Place of Work) have been added to the system.

CDATA Online is an online tool which combines information on Australian society from the 2006 Census, with web graphing and mapping capability. CDATA Online allows you to create your own tables of Census data on a range of different topics such as - age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more. This free online product allows you to create tables, maps and graphs of Census characteristics for all ABS geographic areas.

The product is designed to provide clients with a high degree of freedom in selecting and combining the geographical areas most suited to their needs. You can access data for areas as small as a Collection District (approximately 225 households) or as large as an entire state or territory or all of Australia. CDATA Online allows you the freedom to select and combine areas that interest you by creating your own customised geographic areas.

With CDATA Online you are able to cross-tabulate chosen Census data variables to produce a table which can also be viewed as a graph or a thematic map. Predetermined basic tables are available for selection based on broad topics via a topic list. Once a table has been created it can be further customised by adding and removing data items and geographic areas, and by creating custom data groups. Tables, graphs and maps created in CDATA Online can be downloaded in a variety of formats, while registered users can also save created tables, within CDATA Online, for future retrieval.


Migration, Australia, 2007-08 (Additional Information)

Two updated datacubes for Migration, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 3412.0) were released on 25 March 2010.

The datacube 'Interstate Migration, Arrivals, Departures, State/Territory, age and sex' was updated with data for the financial year 2008-09.

The datacube 'Net Overseas Migration, Arrivals and Departures, State/Territory, age and sex' was revised with final data for the financial year 2007-08 and updated with preliminary data for the financial year 2008-09.




Energy in Focus: Energy Use in Australian Homes, March 2010

Energy in Focus: Energy Use in Australian Homes, March 2010 (cat. no. 4614.0.55.001) was released on 26 March 2010.

This article contains information about energy use in Australian homes. It uses data from the ABS Energy Account 2006-07 and from environmental household survey data published in Environmental Issues: Energy Use and Conservation , March 2008 and in Environmental Views & Behaviours, 2007-08.




Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008-09

Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008-09 (cat. no. 3218.0) was released on 30 March 2010.

This publication contains latest available estimates of the resident populations of areas of Australia as at 30 June in each year from 2001. The areas for which estimates are provided are local government areas, statistical local areas, statistical divisions, statistical subdivisions, statistical districts and states and territories of Australia, according to the current edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification.

Some data for Queensland:
  • At June 2009, south-east Queensland, comprising the statistical divisions of Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, and West Moreton, accounted for two-thirds (66%) of the total population in Queensland. From June 2008 to June 2009, the population in south-east Queensland increased by 80,900, accounting for 69% of the total growth in the state.
  • The statistical division of Brisbane, which experienced the largest growth of all statistical divisions within Queensland, recorded an increase of 52,100 people (2.7%) in the year to June 2009. This resulted in Brisbane reaching the population milestone of two million, which was 45% of Queensland's population.
  • The fastest growing local government area in Queensland was Ipswich (C) which grew 5.0% between 2008 and 2009.



Education and Training Experience, 2009

Education and Training Experience, 2009 (cat. no. 6278.0) was released on 30 March 2010

This publication presents results from the 2009 Survey of Education and Training. Data provided focuses on participation in education and training; completed qualifications; level and field of educational attainment; details of training courses completed; training outcomes; difficulties, barriers and employer support to education and training.

Some data for Queensland:
  • In 2009, there were 721,600 persons aged 15-64 years who participated in formal learning and 732,200 who participated in non-formal learning.
  • There were 169,400 persons aged 15-64 years who completed a non-school qualification in 2009.
  • The highest level of educational attainment was Year 10 or below for 746,900, Year 12 for 494,000, a bachelor degree for 344,300 and a graduate diploma/graduate certificate or higher for 194,200.



DISCUSSION PAPERS



Information Paper: Improving Net Overseas Migration Estimation, March 2010

Information Paper: Improving Net Overseas Migration Estimation, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 3412.0.55.001) was released on 12 March 2010.

This paper reports on the improvements made by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to the quality of Australia's net overseas migration estimation. It discusses changes made to the methodology and the examination of the source data used to estimate net overseas migration.


NEWSLETTERS


Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2010

Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 4147.4.55.001) was released on 17 March 2010.

Culture and Recreation News is the half-yearly newsletter of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics. The newsletter highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage and sports and recreation statistics and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field.



Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Mar 2010

Ag Mag - The Agriculture Newsletter, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 7101.0) was released on 25 March 2010.

This electronic newsletter provides topical information about the agricultural statistics program of the ABS. It looks at the program's structure, responsibilities, outputs and the status of current projects.

Topics in this issue include preparations for the 2010-11 Agricultural Census, 2009-10 Agricultural Resource Management Survey, Examples of mesh block mapping of agricultural data, and Land Management Practices in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments.



Local Government and the ABS, Mar 2010

Local Government and the ABS, Mar 2010 (cat. no. 1376.0) was released on 25 March 2010.

Topics in this issue include Estimates of personal income in local government areas, What's happening in local government finance, News from the national statistical service and Recent and future ABS releases containing data for local government areas.

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