2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/03/2003   
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The Census Publishing Unit

The Census Publishing Unit is a small, well organised team responsible for producing a variety of census publications. They are involved in all phases of publication development and production. Production of a census publication takes approximately 14 weeks, from receipt of data to printing and distribution.

Recently, the Unit has been busy compiling the Selected Education and Labour Force Characteristics for Statistical Local Areas series (Cat nos. 2017.0 - 8) released on 18 February 2003 and Selected Characteristics for Urban Centres and Localities series (Cat nos. 2016.0 - 7) released on 25 March 2003.

Prior to producing a publication, the ABS undertakes extensive user consultation to establish client needs. These consultation outcomes are important in determining the information to be included in individual publications and hence in the specification of data to be extracted. The Census Publishing Unit plays an important role in this process in that once they have received the tables specified, they are responsible for drafting the publications, determining their size, structure and contents.

An integral part of the preparation of publications undertaken by the Unit is the extensive checking and editing of data to ensure consistency, accuracy and conformity to ABS standards.

When the validation stage has been completed and all amendments have been processed, the publication is examined and approved by senior management. The publication is then printed and distributed for release. As with all ABS publications, census publications are made available to the Australian public at embargo time on the date specified for release.