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GLOSSARY OF STATISTICAL GEOGRAPHY TERMINOLOGY
The ABS released the Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology, 2011 (cat. no. 1217.0.55.001) on 4 March, 2011. The glossary contains brief explanations and definitions of various geographical terms and classifications used in ABS products, such as those from the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) and the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The definitions contained in the Glossary relate to statistics with a 'where' dimension.
AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY INDICATORS NETWORK
In the past decade there has been strong and growing interest in community indicators across governments and communities at all levels. Given this growing interest in community indicators, the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN) has been established by a group of professionals working in this field. The Australian Community Indicators Network aims to assist people using or developing community indicators to share ideas and information, and to foster collaboration. The Network aspires to build a national dialogue and knowledge base across community indicator policy, research and practice. Further details, including how to become a member, can be found on the ACIN website.
In May 2011, the ACIN held its first event, a video seminar with guest speaker Associate Professor Meg Holden presenting on 'Best Practice and Emerging Principles in the Community Indicators Movement'. The seminar recording can be found on the NSS website.
UPDATED REGIONAL @ A GLANCE WEB PAGES
The Regional @ a Glance pages are a great place to start if you are looking for data or information about regional statistics. Recently, the ABS released updated 'Regional @ a Glance' pages. These pages are targeted at users of data for regions below state and territory level. This includes urban, rural, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, including local government areas.
The entry page provides a number of access points to a variety of information on regional statistics. This includes a 'Local Government Areas' page which assists users who are looking for data for their local government area. It provides links to data that can be used to answer basic social and economic questions on a local government area.
The Local Government Areas page also provides a link to the 'National Regional Profile' which contains a range of key summary social and economic data for local government areas.
Information on capital cities, other regions, what's new and regional statistics help can also be found on the Regional @ a Glance page.
WHAT'S NEW IN REGIONAL STATISTICS
If you are interested in regional statistics you may like to read the newsletter What's New in Regional Statistics (cat. no. 1386.0). This is an annual newsletter providing information on the latest developments in statistics that are relevant to regions (including metropolitan, urban, and rural areas) and other information of likely interest to researchers, policy makers and other users of small area data. What's New in Regional Statistics highlights data released by the ABS' Regional Statistics Program and includes articles on other ABS releases that are relevant to users of regional data.
For example, the June 2011 issue provided a feature article on 'The Changing Face of Wage and Salary Earners on Melbourne's Outskirts'.
HELP FOR LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON THE ABS WEBSITE
'Services to Local Government' is a series of information pages designed to help you find data for your local government area and inform you how to keep up to date with the latest ABS releases and available training. It also provides information about how ABS uses local government data. You can find the 'Services to Local Government' pages by heading to the ABS Home Page, clicking on 'Services' along the top navigation bar and following the link to 'Local Government'.
NEWSLETTER AND ABS CONTACT DETAILS
This newsletter is designed to improve communication between the ABS and the Local Government Sector. New ABS initiatives to assist local government organisations will be announced in this newsletter as they evolve.
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