4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Mar 2006  
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The following listing is a selection of ABS releases published since January 2006 which may be of particular interest to readers.

A complete listing of all ABS releases is available on the ABS Website <www.abs.gov.au>.


cat. no. 1209.0.30.001 - Mesh Blocks (Draft) Digital Boundaries, Australia, 2005
Mesh Blocks are a new micro level of statistical geography for Australia. They will in future replace Census Collection Districts (CDs) as the smallest unit of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). This first release of Mesh Block digital boundaries is a draft version on which comments will be sought from expert users and key stakeholders. This product is produced in CD-ROM format on an annual basis.

cat. no. 1352.0.55.072 - Research Paper: A Review of Confidentiality Protections for Statistical Tables (Methodology Advisory Committee), Jun 2005
Improvements in Information Technology and increased sophistication among data users have created extra demands for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The ABS is working to meet these needs, particularly with Population Census output where users are often interested in small areas or other small subpopulations. However, increasing the range of possible output introduces new challenges for the confidentiality protection of Population Census data. In particular, any system must protect against table differencing.

This paper describes the threat to confidentiality posed by table differencing. It reviews a number of techniques that could be used to develop a tabular confidentiality system that protects against differencing.

cat. no. 1352.0.55.075 - Research Paper: Imputation in Longitudinal Surveys: The Case of HILDA (Methodology Advisory Committee), Nov 2005
This paper outlines the methodological issues relating to imputation for longitudinal household surveys. A brief review of the imputation methods adopted by major longitudinal surveys is reported.

cat. no. 1352.0.55.076 - Research Paper: Exploring Methods for Creating a Longitudinal Census Dataset (Methodology Advisory Committee), Nov 2005
The ABS has embarked on a project to create a Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD) by linking records from the 2006 and subsequent Population Censuses. The SLCD will be based upon a 5% sample of the population. As names and addresses will not be retained, probabilistic matching will be used to link records.

This paper outlines previous work in this area, results from similar projects, the methodology proposed for linkage and preliminary results achieved so far.

cat. no. 1362.0 - Information Development Plan for Rural and Regional Statistics 2005
This publication provides a series of statistical development recommendations to expand the future availability and relevance of rural and regional statistics in Australia.

The IDP presents a detailed overview of the concepts, issues and themes associated with this field of statistics, with a particular focus on the nature and extent of current statistical demand. Through investigation of existing survey and administrative data sources, it highlights specific gaps in the currently available suite of rural and regional information and proposes a plan via which significant gaps may be addressed.

Census of Population and Housing

cat. no. 2903.0 - How Australia Takes a Census, 2006
This publication describes the history of the Census, the planning process for the 2006 Census, how it will be conducted and processed, and the type of output that will be available.


cat. No. 3101.0 Australian Demographic Statistics, Sep 2005
Quarterly 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. Included are quarterly and/or annual time series tables. Also included are population projections and estimated resident households for states, territories and Australia.

cat. no. 3107.0.55.003 - Information Paper: Improved Methods for Estimating Net Overseas Migration, 2006
Net overseas migration (NOM) is currently a major driver of quarterly movements in the ERP, accounting for around half of population growth at the national level. NOM is also a volatile phenomenon, with a wide range of demographic, social, economic and political determinants. Although the conceptual basis for usual residence has not changed, the ABS is currently developing improved methods for estimating NOM. The ABS expects to implement these methods in official population estimates from June 2007.

cat. no. 3311.0.55.001 - Demography, Australia, 2004 Final
This electronic product provides a demographic overview of Australia for 2004. It contains summary tables and commentary on trends in the components of population change including births, deaths and migration. This product also includes marriages, divorces and the estimated resident population.

Social Statistics

cat. no. 4362.0 - National Health Survey: Summary of Results; State Tables, 2004-05
Contains a selection of tables from the publication 2004/5 National Health Survey: Summary of Results, Australia (4364.0) compiled for individual states and the ACT.

cat. no. 4364.0 - National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2004-05
Contains a cross-section of survey results, including selected national statistics about:

  • long-term illnesses experienced;
  • mental wellbeing;
  • injuries;
  • consultations with doctors and other health professionals; and
  • health risk factors including alcohol consumption, smoking, exercise, body mass and dietary practices.

Labour Statistics and Prices

cat. no. 6220.0 - Persons Not in the Labour Force, Australia, Sep 2005
This publication presents information about people aged 15 years and over who are not in the labour force: that is, neither employed nor unemployed. For these people, the survey collected details about:
  • whether they wanted to work;
  • reasons why they were not actively looking for work;
  • their availability for work; and
  • their main activity while not in the labour force.

The scope of the Persons Not in the Labour Force survey was expanded in September 2005 to include all people aged 15 years and over. Previously the scope was restricted to people aged 15-69 years. This change has resulted in an extra 1.6 million people coming within the scope of this survey.

cat. no. 6238.0 - Retirement and Retirement Intentions, Australia, Aug 2004 to Jun 2005
This publication presents information about retirement and retirement intentions of people aged 45 years and over who have, at some time, worked for two weeks or more. The data examines retirement trends, factors which influence decisions to retire, and the income arrangements retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. The data are cross-classified by a range of demographic characteristics such as age, sex, marital status and country of birth, as well as labour force characteristics. This topic will be repeated every two years.

cat. no. 6239.0 - Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, Aug 2004 to Jun 2005
This publication focuses on people aged 18 years and over who are either not employed or work very few hours (0-15 hours), as they have the potential to increase their labour force participation. The data provides information on the characteristics of this potential labour force. Data from this survey are used to obtain a better understanding of the factors that influence people to join or leave the labour force. By knowing the barriers people face to joining the labour force or taking up (more) employment, a range of incentives to labour force participation can be indirectly identified.

cat. no. 6265.0 - Underemployed Workers, Australia, Sep 2005
This publication presents information about underemployed workers. The number of underemployed workers is an important component of underutilised labour resources in the economy, along with the number of unemployed and some people with marginal attachment to the labour force. A range of information is presented on underemployed workers including the number of hours usually worked, number of preferred hours, steps taken to find work with more hours, and difficulties finding work with more hours.