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2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Jul 2000  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/07/2000   
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Dissemination

Census Publications On-line

To meet the changing needs of our clients, the ABS is focused on the development of new dissemination systems and products that exploit new technologies. When professional, timely, and objective statistical information is required, there are several new services worth considering: AusStats, the National Information Service (NIS), and the email delivery of monthly and quarterly publications via subscription.

AusStats - information on-line, all the time.



AusStats is the ABS' new web based service that offers clients access to a comprehensive range of ABS material through our web site. Available only by subscription, AusStats includes both free and charged information.

By using AusStats, subscribers can access:

  • all ABS publications from 1998 onwards in Adobe Acrobat format;
  • over 2,000 spreadsheets;
  • multi-dimensional datasets in SuperTABLE format;
  • 1996 Census Basic Community Profiles to the Statistical Local Area level; and
  • free summary information including Main Features, Release Advices, Australia Now, and extensive linking between related information.

Most of the 1996 Census publications are now available via the AusStats service.

Just some of the topics covered in the new AusStats service include:

  • Demography
  • Education
  • Health
  • Population and Migration
  • Social Statistics
  • Transport
  • Welfare
  • and much more.

Some of the main AusStats features include:
  • a full text search facility - helps find data easier.
  • bookmarking - allows you to bookmark any page in your web browser.
  • networking - allows you to decide on how many and which users in your organisation can access AusStats.
    AusStats is available only by subscription, yet with a range of options. Click here for more information on AusStats and to browse through the service and view the type of information available. Although files can't be downloaded until you become a subscriber, AusStats does offer some examples of files containing historical data which can be viewed on screen so that you can get a good idea of how AusStats works.

    National Information Service

    The National Information Service (NIS) is a gateway to the full range of information and services provided by the ABS. It handles telephone and internet email enquiries from the ABS web site, fax as well as written enquiries.The service operates from 8.30am to 5.00pm for each State and Territory.

    Consultants at the NIS assess client needs and provide prompt responses to simple enquiries. Data requests which can be serviced from current publications and within 5 minutes are free of charge. The NIS consultants also have access to a broad range of unpublished statistics, and can provide expert advice and guidance on very specific information requirements.

    The National Information Service can now be contacted by phone: 1300 135 070, or email: client.services@abs.gov.au, or by fax: 1300 135 211. Overseas clients please call 61 2 9268 4909.


    Publications to your desktop
    The ABS' Subscription Service now offers the email delivery of monthly and quarterly printed publications as electronic files via the Internet. This service is offered at the same price as a subscription to the hardcopy version and there are no additional charges to change to email delivery.

    ABS electronic publications offer:
    • faster delivery of your monthly and/or quarterly publications direct to your desktop;
    • the ability to store and network electronic publications on your computer system;
    • a keyword search facility to quickly find the data you want; and
    • the ability to cut and paste from ABS publications into your own documents.

    What's available

    All monthly and quarterly printed publications released in 2000 are available for email delivery. More information is available on the Subscription Services web page
    or call Subscription Services on 1300 366 323.

    Census email alert list
    We now also offer you the choice of receiving census related information via email. If you wish to be added to our email list simply send an email to census.users@abs.gov.au and type in the subject field "Add to census email". When important census related matters arise we will forward you the information as soon it is available. If at any time you wish to be taken off the list, compose an email to the address above and type "Cancel from census email" in the subject heading.


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