4105.0 - Children and Youth News, May 2008  
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June 2008

Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3201.0)

Presents the latest estimates of total population for states, territories and Australia. Includes the most recent estimates of the population in five-year age groups; numbers (and some rates) of births, deaths, infant deaths, interstate and overseas movements.

Family Characteristics and Transitions 2006-07 (cat. no. 4442.0)

Presents information on the composition of families and households, especially characteristics of children such as age, sex and step relationships. Some of the issues covered include marital status; labour force status; and visiting arrangements for children with parents living elsewhere. New topics include parent's relationship history, experiences of leaving the parental home, registered and de facto marriage history, children ever born and fertility expectations.

Improvements to Family Estimates from the Labour Force Survey, 2008 (cat. no. 6224.0.55.002)

Data using the improved family estimation methodology will be released on 17 July 2006 in Labour Force Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families - Electronic Delivery(cat. no. 6224.0.55.001). This information paper will be released on 20 June 2008, to outline the new methodology and to provide users of labour force family data with early notice of the impact of the changed methodology.

July 2008

Australian Social Trends, 2008 (cat. no. 4102.0)

This annual publication focuses on people and social issues. Each article in the publication uses statistics to tell a story, drawing on a range of information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and other official sources to paint a picture of current conditions and trends in Australian society.

Experimental Estimates of Indigenous Australians, June 2006 (cat. no. 3238.0.55.001)

Contains final estimates of the resident Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations as at 30 June 2006 based on the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, for various geographies. Estimates are disaggregated by age (5-year age groups) and sex for state and territory, Remoteness Areas and Indigenous Regions.

Labour Force Australia: Labour Force Status and Other Characteristics of Families - Electronic Delivery (cat. no. 6224.0.55.001)

Provides the latest electronic datasets containing family characteristics from the Labour Force Survey. Includes data about families such as: Family type and size; number of family members employed and unemployed; labour force status of parents; number and age of dependants aged 0-24 years and children aged 0-14 years; age of parents.

August 2008

Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3235.0)

Contains estimates of the resident population by age (in five-year age groups up to 85 and over) and sex for each Statistical Local Area, Statistical Subdivision and Statistical Division and state and territory of Australia as at 30 June 2007.

Mental Health and Wellbeing: Profile of Adults, Australia, 2008 (cat. no. 4326.0 )

Presents an overview of the main topics covered in the 2007 National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing which collected information from adults aged 18 years and over. The survey collected information about a person's functioning, chronic conditions, specific mental health issues including dementia, depression, mania, panic disorder, social phobia, substance use, suicidality and others, as well as data on medications, social networks, caregiving and a range of demographics. The publication will provide comprehensive Australian data on key mental health issues including the prevalence of mental disorders, the associated disability, and the use of services.

Information Paper: Data Gaps in Early Childhood: Identifying and bringing together available information (cat. no. 4105.0.55.001)

This information paper, due to be released in August 2008, will report on a data mapping pilot project undertaken by the ABS, in collaboration with several other agencies. The aim of the project is to consider ways of improving the evidence base on early childhood, through better use of existing data held by government agencies. The project will investigate the existing range of data sources relevant to identified high priority policy questions in the area of early childhood learning and care. This will include ascertaining how the existing data sources relate to the key information requirements, where gaps exist and what access arrangements are in place. Recommendations for improving the evidence base for policy development and evaluation will be proposed, from considering ways to better access existing information, or the creation of new information from existing data sources.

This paper builds on the suggested measures and evaluations of data collections in the December 2007 information paper: Measuring Learning in Australia: Concepts and Directions in Early Childhood Learning (cat. no. 4232.0). Further details on the data mapping pilot project are available in the project overview on the NSS website.

A Picture of the Nation: The statistician's report on the 2006 census (cat. no. 2070.0)

A Picture of the Nation will provide a comprehensive overview of the 2006 Census, summarising a large volume of Census data, as well as providing more detailed analysis and commentary on a number of current topical issues. It will demonstrate the power of census statistics in providing information on big picture trends, as well as detailed information on small areas and small population groups, while covering both social and economic aspects of Australian life.

A Picture of the Nation is aimed at all users of Census data who are interested in stories from the Census. The commentary covers a wide range of issues which can help readers gain a better understanding of Australia and its people. Among many other topics, some of the features of the report with particular relevance to children and youth will include: Geographic distribution of young families across Australia; Living arrangements of children; and Studying and working.

The Report, scheduled for release in August 2008, will be available for purchase as a hard copy publication and for free download from the ABS website in a PDF document format.

September 2008

Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101 (cat. no. 3222.0)

Presents projections (based on varying assumptions of future fertility, mortality and migration) of the resident population of Australia, the states and territories, capital cities and balance of states, by age and sex. Also includes summary measures such as percentages of population in selected age groups and median ages as well as detailed notes on the assumptions used.

October 2008

Births, Australia, 2007 (cat. no. 3301.0)

Provides statistics on confinements and live births – male and female births, births of Indigenous children, age and birthplace of parents, duration of marriage, previous issue of the current relationship, nuptial and exnuptial births, single and multiple births, usual residence of mother (by state or territory), regional comparisons. Also shows various rates and time series data.

Information Paper: Measuring Learning in Australia: A Profile of Participation and Outcomes, June 2006 ( 4234.0.55.001)

Presents a proposed suite of measures that provide a picture of the education and training pathways and outcomes of Australians. The proposed measures are considered to provide relevant and quality data for comparable analysis across states and territories. Descriptions and evaluations of each measure will be included as well as national data and examples of analyses. The paper will also provide an opportunity for input and further discussion among researchers and the community.

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