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A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006

2011 Census of Population and Housing Local & Regional Engagement Strategy, 2011

Queensland at a Glance, 2009

150 Years of Queensland's Economic History: Key Dates, Facts and Figures

Environmental views and behaviour, 2007-2008

Schools, Australia, Preliminary, 2008

Education News, Feb 2009

Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2007-08

Wheat Use and Stocks, Australia, Dec 2008

ABS Agriculture Statistics Collection Strategy - 2008-09 and beyond, 2009

National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Users' Guide, 2007

Information Paper: Producing national estimates from State Health Surveys, 2004

Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2007-08

Information paper: Changes to the Dissemination of Retail Trade Statistics, January 2009

Innovation and Technology Update, Feb 2009

Managing ABS Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs): A Step by Step Guide, Feb 2009

Microdata: Personal Fraud, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2007

Microdata: Multipurpose Household Survey, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2007-08

Migrant Data Matrices, 2008

Changes to the ABS Survey Program

ABS Release Information

Queensland Theme Page


Image: Census A PICTURE OF THE NATION: THE STATISTICIAN'S REPORT ON THE 2006 CENSUS, 2006

A Picture of the Nation: the Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census, 2006 (cat. no. 2070.0) was released 29 January 2009. The report presents statistical analysis and commentary on the results of the 2006 Census. The overviews and articles are organised into eight chapters, representing the following broad areas of interest: population; cultural diversity; living arrangements; community; education; work; economic resources; and housing. It also incorporates information from previous censuses - in some instances going back as far as 1911.

It presents stories about contemporary society and trends that affect the lives of Australian people. Drawing on the rich variety of topics covered by the census and looking across different geographic areas and population groups, this report showcases the many strengths of census data.



Image: Census Local & Regional Engagement Strategy 2011 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING LOCAL & REGIONAL ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY, 2011

2011 Census of Population and Housing Local & Regional Engagement Strategy, 2011 was released 13 February 2009. The aim of this brochure is to help the ABS count everyone in Australia during the 2011 Census. The ABS will be seeking the advice and support of community focussed and government organisations in the preparations for the 2011 Census.

The ABS is aware of the need to focus on improving coverage of the Census to ensure the best possible count. We aim to do this through initiatives that:
  • increase support for the Census at the community level
  • utilise local knowledge and intelligence
  • improve awareness of recruitment of Census field staff, and
  • raise awareness and promote the benefits of the 2011 Census.

We are looking to establish a network of organisations that are interested in the Census and making sure their community counts. We aim to involve this network of organisations in these initiatives.

For more information and to be part of the planning for the 2011 Census, contact the Queensland Census Engagement Officer, Greg McNamarra on 3222 6155.

Image: Queensland QUEENSLAND AT A GLANCE, 2009

Queensland at a Glance, 2009 (cat. no. 1312.3) was released 28 January 2009. This release provides selected statistics on the industry, environment, economy and people of Queensland. Topics covered include:
  • Industry - agriculture, mining, manufacturing, building, tourist accommodation, registered motor vehicles and retail turnover.
  • Environment - climate data, Brisbane and geography and government.
  • Economy - consumer price index, Brisbane and external merchandise trade and state government finance.
  • People - demography, labour market, regional population, education, crime and justice.
150 YEARS OF QUEENSLAND'S ECONOMIC HISTORY: KEY DATES, FACTS AND FIGURES

150 Years of Queensland's Economic History: Key Dates, Facts and Figures is an article prepared by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of Queensland. This chronology of Queensland's economic journey presents, with a statistical flavour, some of the key dates, issues and events that helped shape the Queensland economy from 1859 to 2009. Some significant milestones from a governance, policy and social perspective are included in Chapter 1, while the remaining chapters are focused more on economic issues, events and data (including population impacts).

Image: Environment ENVIRONMENTAL VIEWS AND BEHAVIOUR, 2007-2008

Environmental views and behaviour, 2007-2008 (cat. no. 4626.0.55.001) was released 15 January 2009. These spreadsheets contain data on people's views and practices on environmental issues, from the Environmental Views and Behaviour Survey conducted throughout Australia as part of the 2007-08 Multi-Purpose Household Survey (MPHS). The Environmental Views and Behaviour Survey collected information from individuals aged 18 years and over about their views and practices on environmental issues, over a twelve month period from the date of interview. Topics in the survey include; environmental concerns, personal energy and water use, waste collection and disposal and environmental involvement.

Some selected results include:
  • In Queensland, 83% of people aged 18 and over were concerned about environmental problems.
  • Just over one-half (53%) of Queenslanders aged 18 and over thought that the natural environment was declining. In contrast 15% thought the natural environment was improving and 25% thought the natural environment was staying the same.
  • Nearly two-thirds (64%) of Queenslanders aged 18 and over were not involved in any environmental activities. However, 19% signed a petition on environmental issues and 16% donated money to protect the environment.

Image: Schools SCHOOLS, AUSTRALIA, PRELIMINARY, 2008

Schools, Australia, Preliminary, 2008 (cat. no. 4220.0) was released 29 January 2009. This release contains a summary of state, territory and national data for the broad categories of schools, students and staff at the 2008 school census date of the 1st August. More detailed data, including derived participation and progression measures, will be published in the Final publication, due out in March 2009, or in the detailed Data Cubes and spreadsheets subsequently published on the ABS website.

Some preliminary results for Queensland include:
  • There were 1,713 schools in Queensland, of which 73% were government schools.
  • There were 433,595 full time equivalent primary school students and 275,017 full time equivalent secondary school students.
  • There were 27,086 full time equivalent teaching staff in primary schools and 21,879 full time equivalent teaching staff in secondary schools.

Image: Education EDUCATION NEWS, FEB 2009

Education News, Feb 2009 (cat. no. 1330.0) was released 5 February 2009. Education News keeps teachers and students up to date with ABS resources and data that is relevant to the school's sector. This newsletter highlights the latest curriculum related teaching resources, student activities and statistical tools that have been developed by ABS Education Services as well as other ABS resources that are useful for schools.

Image: Agricultural commodities VALUE OF PRINCIPAL AGRICULTURAL COMMODITIES PRODUCED, AUSTRALIA, PRELIMINARY, 2007-08

Value of Principal Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2007-08 (cat. no. 7501.0) was released 10 February 2009. This publication contains preliminary estimates of the gross values of production for principal agricultural commodities for all states, territories and Australia for the financial year 2007-08.

Some selected preliminary results for Queensland include:
  • In 2007-08, the preliminary estimate of the gross value of agricultural commodities produced was $9,785.2 million.
  • The preliminary estimate of the gross value of all crops in 2007-08 was $5,319.0 million.
  • In 2007-08 the gross total value of livestock slaughterings and other disposals was $4,008.7 million.
  • The preliminary estimate of the total gross value of livestock products in 2007-08 was $457.6 million

Image: Wheat WHEAT USE AND STOCKS, AUSTRALIA, DEC 2008

Wheat Use and Stocks, Australia, Dec 2008 (cat. no. 7307.0) was released 10 February 2009. This publication is the first release of estimates of wheat grain stocks and of wheat grain used, or committed for export or domestic use. These estimates are compiled from various surveys conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), including the Grain Handlers Stocks Survey, Wheat Use Survey, Wheat Export Sales Survey, and from administrative data relating to wheat grain exports. Estimates from these surveys are combined with final export trade data to provide monthly estimates of the volume of wheat grain stored, used, or committed for use.

Some results for Queensland include:
  • At 31 December 2008, Queensland domestic users had just under one-fifth (19% or 99.1 thousand tonnes) of total wheat grain in store, the second largest quantity in Australia.
  • In the period from October to December 2008, 262.1 thousand tonnes of wheat grain was used, of which 53% was used domestically and 47% was exported.
  • At 31 December 2008, 156.5 thousand tonnes of Queensland wheat grain was contracted for export, representing 7.8% of Australia's wheat grain contracted for export.

Image: Agriculture ABS AGRICULTURE STATISTICS COLLECTION STRATEGY - 2008-09 AND BEYOND, 2009

ABS Agriculture Statistics Collection Strategy - 2008-09 and beyond, 2009 (cat. no. 7105.0) was released 2 February 2009. This information paper outlines the strategy for the 2008-09 ABS Agricultural Survey. This is the second in a series of three papers resulting from the review of the ABS Agriculture Statistics Program.

The first paper, ABS Agriculture Statistics Strategy - 2008-09 and beyond, 2008-09 (cat. no. 7105.0), presented the ABS' understanding of the key agricultural policy issue imperatives and areas of priority for statistical data development. It also outlined proposed changes to the future ABS Agricultural Survey program, aimed at improving the statistical information base relevant to the priority areas.

This second paper outlines the direction and content for the 2008-09 Agricultural Survey. The strategy and survey proposal outlined in this paper is based on an assumed level of funding. Should this level of funding not eventuate, a reduction in the sample size and/or a reduction in the level of detail collected will result.

The third and final paper will address the proposed strategy for the 2009-10 Agricultural Survey and subsequent ABS Agricultural Surveys/Censuses.
Image: Mental health and wellbeing NATIONAL SURVEY OF MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING: USERS' GUIDE, 2007

National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing: Users' Guide, 2007 (cat. no. 4327.0) was released 11 February 2009. This publication presents detailed information on the design and contents of the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (SMHWB). To support appropriate interpretation of the survey results, information is presented about the following:
  • what information was collected;
  • how the information was collected; and
  • how the information was used to produce final estimates.

Also included is a complete list of output data items and associated material to assist users in specifying data requirements.
Image: Health INFORMATION PAPER: PRODUCING NATIONAL ESTIMATES FROM STATE HEALTH SURVEYS, 2004

Information Paper: Producing national estimates from State Health Surveys, 2004 (cat. no. 4375.0.55.001) was released 27 January 2009. This information paper reports on a recent ABS project which pooled data from state and territory health surveys. It details the methods used to pool the data and the data quality investigations that were undertaken. It also reports experimental national estimates of several chronic disease risk factors produced from the pooled national dataset.

A brief summary of current state health survey methodology is included, along with a description of potential benefits of a harmonised national surveillance system, and an overview of the technical, methodological and practical issues that need to be addressed in pooling data from multiple surveys (whether in health or other topics).
Image: Employment and earnings EMPLOYMENT AND EARNINGS, PUBLIC SECTOR, AUSTRALIA, 2007-08

Employment and Earnings, Public Sector, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 6248.0.55.002) was released 12 February 2009. This publication contains estimates of number of public sector employees and gross earnings by level of government by state. It also contains estimates of number of public sector employees and gross earnings by industry for Australia.

Some selected results for Queensland include:
  • In June 2008 there were 352,100 public sector employees. There were 28,400 employees in Commonwealth government, 280,300 in state government and 43,500 in local government.
  • Public sector cash wages and salaries amounted to $19,947.4 million in 2007-08.

Image: Retail trade INFORMATION PAPER: CHANGES TO THE DISSEMINATION OF RETAIL TRADE STATISTICS, JANUARY 2009

Information paper: Changes to the Dissemination of Retail Trade Statistics, January 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0.55.005) was released 21 January 2009. This information paper describes changes that will be made to Retail Trade statistics following the reinstatement of a 'full' sample each month. The paper briefly sets out:
  • the background to the changes
  • the timing of the changes
  • the content of the revised monthly publication including the data that will be available on the ABS website
  • the availability of detailed industry by state monthly data for the July to October 2008 reference months
  • the impact of the changes on seasonal adjustment.

Image: Innovation and technology INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY UPDATE, FEB 2009

Innovation and Technology Update, Feb 2009 (cat. no. 8101.0) was released 13 February 2009. This half yearly electronic Newsletter provides information on statistical developments and publications in research and experimental development, innovation, and information and communication technology fields.


Image: CURFs MANAGING ABS CONFIDENTIALISED UNIT RECORD FILES (CURFS): A STEP BY STEP GUIDE, FEB 2009

Managing ABS Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs): A Step by Step Guide, Feb 2009 (cat. no. 1406.0.55.004) was released 9 February 2009. This guide provides users of ABS microdata with an overview of the process of applying for CURFs, and information about managing CURF access and data. The guide is written for CURF Individual Users, Contact Officers, Responsible Officers, and Consultants and their Sponsoring Organisation. It explains the roles and responsibilities of each.
Image: Personal fraud MICRODATA: PERSONAL FRAUD, EXPANDED CURF, AUSTRALIA, 2007

Microdata: Personal Fraud, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 4528.0.55.001) was released 27 January 2009. Microdata available on this expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) were compiled from the Personal Fraud topic in the 2007-2008 Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS). No Basic CURF has been released on this topic from this Survey.

Expanded CURFs are available only through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), through which users are able to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data to their individual specifications. See the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) User Guide for advice on this system. The ABS has taken steps to confidentialise the microdata in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents to ABS statistical collections.

A technical manual explaining data content, technical details and conditions of use for this CURF is available through a link on the Explanatory Notes tab of this record, along with a data items list.

For more information on accessing and using ABS CURFs, please see the CURF Microdata Entry Page.
Image: CURFs MICRODATA: MULTIPURPOSE HOUSEHOLD SURVEY, EXPANDED CURF, AUSTRALIA, 2007-08

Microdata: Multipurpose Household Survey, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4100.0.55.001) was released 27 January 2009. This release provides statistics on two topics: Household Use of Information Technology, and Environmental Views and Behaviour. No Basic CURF has been released from this Survey.

Expanded CURFs are available only through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), through which users are able to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data to their individual specifications. See the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) User Guide for advice on this system. The ABS has taken steps to confidentialise the microdata in such a way as to maximise the usefulness of the content while maintaining the confidentiality of respondents to ABS statistical collections.

A technical manual explaining data content, technical details and conditions of use for this CURF is available through a link on the Explanatory Notes tab of this record, along with a data items list.

For more information on accessing and using ABS CURFs, please see the CURF Microdata Entry Page.
Image: Migrants MIGRANT DATA MATRICES, 2008

Migrant Data Matrices, 2008 (cat. no. 3415.0) was released 19 January 2009. This product presents a series of matrices that link to ABS summary data on migrants. Where available, this will include a broad selection of demographic, geographic, socio-economic and collection specific data items. The statistical coverage includes topics such as Population Characteristics, Labour (Employment), Family and Community, Health, Education and Training, Housing, Personal and Household Finances, Culture and Leisure and Crime and Justice. The matrices also include a link to a glossary of migrant related terms and, for each selected ABS product, links to their main features and to detailed information on the source collection.


Image: Survey CHANGES TO THE ABS SURVEY PROGRAM

The ABS is facing a tight budget situation in 2008-09, which has led to a range of reductions in the ABS work program. The Australian Statistician, Brian Pink, has outlined a number of strategies to address the situation in the document Changes to the ABS survey program for 2008-09 on the ABS Website. Use the link to see what the implications are for the affected surveys or programs and how to get further information.
Image: ABS releases ABS RELEASE INFORMATION

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website provides the expected release details for all statistical products due for publication in the coming six months.

The web page 'Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months' is revised on the ABS website at the beginning of each month. This six-month forecasting is intended to keep clients informed about products and when they will become available.

All ABS core statistical and other statistical publications that usually have a catalogue number will be detailed as well as prominent non-statistical publications such as the ABS Annual Report and Australian Statistics Advisory Council Annual Report.

Access 'Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months' from the ABS Home page via 'Future Releases' or use this link.

Information on all ABS product releases can also be accessed from ABS Release Advice. This web page also provides links to Previous Releases, Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months and Main Economic Indicator Releases.


Image: Queensland QUEENSLAND THEME PAGE

This page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.

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