1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, June 2011  
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Local Government and ABS, September 2011
Australian Community Indicators Network
Updated Regional @ a Glance web pages
Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology
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If you are interested in reading more about regional statistics, you might like to read the Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre's bi-annual newsletter, Local Government and ABS. The newsletter has a focus on finding and using data released by the ABS at local government level.

For example, the March 2011 issue of Local Government and ABS included case studies on the Local Government Areas of Mornington Peninsula and Broken Hill, illustrating how Wage and salary and National Regional Profile data can be analysed. The newsletter also included information regarding the impact that the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) will have on data for Local Government Areas, and information about Local Government Finance data that the ABS collects.

The next issue, Local Government and ABS, September 2011 (cat. no. 1376.0) is scheduled to be released on 21 September, 2011 and will highlight further recent and upcoming releases of interest to local government.


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. A recording of the seminar can be found on the NSS website.

In April 2011, 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, as well as capital cities.

The entry page provides a number of access points to a variety of information on regional statistics.

This includes a Capital Cities page that provides key statistics for Australian capital cities through a map of Australia, using data from the National Regional Profile.

Data items included are:
    • Estimated Resident Population
    • Unemployment rate
    • Building Approvals: Total dwelling units approved
    • Average Wage and salary income
    • Persons 15 years and over with post-school qualifications
    • Access to internet at home - occupied private dwellings
    • Registered Motor Vehicles per 1,000 Population
    • Tourist Accommodation - Hotels, Motels, Serviced Apartments 5 or more rooms
There is also a Local Government Areas page which assists users who are looking for data for their Local Government Area (LGA). It provides links to data that can be used to answer basic social and economic questions on a Local Government Area.

Information on other regions, what's new and regional statistics help can also be found on the Regional @ a Glance page.


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.


'What's New in Regional Statistics' is produced by the Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre of the ABS. This newsletter has been prepared as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Regional Statistics Program, to improve the availability of regional and small area data by leading the development of regional statistics and co-ordinating their dissemination. More information is available on the ABS Regional Statistics theme page.

Please send your comments or queries regarding this newsletter to regional.statistics@abs.gov.au or telephone (08) 8237 7350.

If you would like further information or data, please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or e-mail client.services@abs.gov.au.


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