Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.6.55.001 - Statistical News Tasmania (Newsletter), Spring 2003, Vol 20, No 3
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/10/2003
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If you would like any further information about any of these services, or other related statistics, then please contact Margaret Dyas on 03 6222 5847 or email email@example.com
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This information comes from the final estimates for the 2001-02 Agricultural survey released in July 2003.
AgStats on GSP
Agstats on GSP is a regional profile on CD offering small area agricultural commodity statistics for all states and territories for the years 1996-97 to 2000-01. It contains data for more than 800 data items covering:
This information can be accessed at the Statistical Local Area for the 1996-97 and 2000-01 Agriculutural Census data and at the higher Statistical Division level for the Agricultural Commodity Survey data of 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000. This product uses the software of the Geographical Statistics Platform (GSP) (which is shared by the Integrated Regional Data Base) to provide a user friendly retrieval system as well as easy-to-use mapping and charting facilities.
If you would like any further information about Agstats, or other related Agricultural Statistics, then please contact Jackie Wynwood on 03 62 225948 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Gordon Cameron on 03 62 225939 or email email@example.com.
Integrated Regional Data base (IRDB), Australia, 2003
The Integrated Regional Data Base gives you comprehensive regional information, plus powerful retrieval and mapping software. IRDB allows you to analyse regional economic and social data from the ABS and other sources. For further information on IRDB please see Integrated Regional database.
THE LATEST FROM ENVIRONMENT - WATER SURVEY
The ABS is in the process of developing a new survey entitled Water Survey - Agriculture (WSA). The WSA is the first of what will become annual environment surveys of the Agriculture sector. The survey will go into the field in October 2003 with data available around October 2004.
The objective of the WSA is to provide good quality estimates of water use and associated water management issues of the agricultural sector. The ABS is the only provider of national data on water supply and use. The results of the survey will increase the accuracy, timeliness and comparability of water use by the agricultural sector nationally and at state and sub-state level.
There is strong and growing demand for nationally comparable water use and water management data. The WSA data will be able to be linked to agricultural production data from the 2002-03 Agricultural Survey. The Agriculture sector accounts for approximately 70% of total water use in Australia, consequently a sound understanding of how much, for what purpose and where water is used in Agriculture is essential. For further information about the Water Survey please contact Cherie Poulton on 03 62 225958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workplace Standards Tasmania (WST) was successful in securing the services of an ABS outposted officer in the 2002-03 round of outpostings to State Government. The Review of the Workers Rehabilitation and Compensation Scheme Data Collection outposting, based on a successful project submission to the Tasmanian Statistical Advisory Committee (TSAC), commenced in September 2002 and was completed in April 2003 with a total of 3 month's resource allocated to the project.
ABS project officers conducted a review of internal and external users concerning workers compensation statistics data needs and broad level strategic directions concerning the collection. A final report documenting findings and recommendations was approved by the project steering committee and has been submitted to the WorkCover Tasmania Board. For more information please contact Chris Carswell on 03 622 5783 or email email@example.com.
LABOUR MARKET NEWS:
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) collects a range of statistics on the labour market. Labour statistics are important social and economic indicators. They provide insight into the economy, people and the effects of labour market policy.
In the past, the Labour Force Survey (LFS) product set was based on a suite of paper publications. However, recent advances in electronic dissemination have led to the development of new strategies for disseminating statistics. Electronic products have many advantages, allowing for the easy manipulation of data. With the increasing use of the Internet, distribution is no longer restricted to bookshops. Users can now purchase directly from the ABS web site.
Some of the changes include:
The introduction of the quarterly publication Australian Labour Market Statistics (cat. no. 6105.0). This publication brings together a range of data to give an informative picture of the labour marker as a whole.
New Excel spreadsheets and an expanded range of SuperTABLE data cubes. These products are released under catalogue number 6291.0.55.001.
Further information about changes to the Labour Force Survey product set is available from the following free publication Information Paper: Changes to Labour Force Survey Products available free from this web site (under Themes - Labour). If you have any queries on the new product set, please contact Erika Maxim (email: firstname.lastname@example.org), telephone 02 6252 7636. INDIGENOUS STATISTICS - IMPROVING INDIGENOUS DATA QUALITY IN AGENCY DATA COLLECTION
The primary focus of the Indigenous Administrative Data (IAD) project moved from health and community services data collections towards addressing local crime and justice issues, specifically within the Department of Police and Public Safety from August 2002. Liz Milewicz has been investigating issues surrounding the coverage, standards and quality of indigenous data within Police collections and systems. This project is of high priority to both the ABS nationally and the state as it progresses the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) objectives to improve indigenous identification in administrative data. It also specifically addresses the Australasian Police Ministers' Council (APMC) draft action plan to advance reconciliation which involves strengthening partnerships between police and local indigenous communities and developing appropriate performance monitoring strategies and benchmarks. At an Agency level the project also assists Tasmanian Police to contribute information and policy advice to the Government and supports the Tasmania Together initiative.
For more information contact Elizabeth Milewicz on (03) 6230 2190, or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SURVEY OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION
This quarterly survey includes hotels, motels and guest houses, and serviced apartments with 15 or more rooms.
For 2003, the scope of the survey has been expanded to include:
Results from the survey are available in:
CULTURE AND RECREATION STATISTICS ON THE WEB
The ABS National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS) has launched a Theme Page on the ABS Web site. The Culture and Recreation Theme Page is a valuable resource, providing information on culture and recreation statistical resources and contacts. Readers can select a topic of interest, such as music and the performing arts, or sport and leisure industries, and view details of ABS and some non-ABS articles and publications which contain statistics about that topic. The Theme Page also provides links to the Australian Culture and Leisure Classifications, the Directory of Culture and Leisure Statistics, the NCCRS newsletters and other web sites related to culture and recreation.
For further information contact Heather Latz on 08 8237 7484 or email@example.com.
Directory of Culture and Leisure Statistics
The Directory of Culture and Leisure Statistics was released on the ABS web site on 13 August 2002. The key aims of the directory are to provide a quick and easy reference to ABS sources of culture and leisure data, and provide information about the extent of data available from each data collection. The details provided about each collection's data items will assist users of culture and leisure data to determine whether a collection might meet their needs, and to prepare possible cross-tabulation specifications ready for discussion with ABS information consultants. Contact details are provided for each collection. Entries also provide information on the scope, frequency and history of a collection and the major publications that present data from the collection. The ABS developed this directory with financial assistance from the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMCSWG) and the Recreation and Sport Industry Statistics Group (RSISG) of the Sport and Recreation Ministers' Council.
The Directory of Culture and Leisure Statistics (cat. no. 1143.0.55.001) is a web-based product which is freely available and can be viewed by clicking on ABS directories. There is a link to the directory from the Culture and Recreation Theme Page (described above); or to find the directory from the home page of the ABS Web site, without going through the Culture and Recreation Theme Page, click on About Statistics, then Directory of Statistical Sources, open the twistie next to About the Directory of Statistical Sources, and click on Other ABS Directories.
For further information contact Heather Latz on 08 8237 7484 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
REMOTE ACCESS DATA LABORATORY
An important component of the ABS output strategy to maximise the amount of data available has been to support secondary analysis through access to microdata in the form of confidentialised unit record files (CURFs). However, the needs of researchers and policy makers have to be balanced with the ABS obligation to protect the identities of households and individuals. The ABS will continue to provide CURFs on CD-ROM. However, a new system, the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), will facilitate access to confidentialised microdata beyond that which can be provided on CD-ROM. The RADL provides access to this data from the client's desktop via secure web-based communication links, or in some cases through an on-site data laboratory arrangement.
Clients can submit tailored queries to produce aggregated output according to their research needs. Restrictions on the nature of queries that can be run will ensure that resultant output does not constitute a threat to confidentiality. It is this level of control and user-transparency that will allow the ABS to safely provide CURF files on this system which have a greater level of detail than has previously been possible. Future features of RADL may support the analysis of augmented files and the ability to incorporate user-supplied statistical models. For a list of available Confidentialised Unit Record files please see the following link CURFS available.
For further information on the Remote Access Data Laboratory please email RADL@abs.gov.au.
2001 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING - DID YOU KNOW?
Community Profile Series from the 2001 Census
Community Profiles are a set of standard tables which contain key social, demographic and economic characteristics of people, families and dwellings. The Profiles, which form the core of many Census products, are available for Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) areas and other standard Census geographic areas. They are an economical way of obtaining a statistical picture of a community and making compasrisons between different areas or different population groups - an excellent tool for research and planning. The Series comprise: Basic Community Profile, Indigenous Profile, Time Series Profile, Usual Residents Profile, Expanded Community Profile and the Working Population Profile.
In September 2002, Tasmania became the first regional office in the ABS to publish its year book on the web. Statistics-Tasmania holds over 1,000 pages of text and tables, freely accessible to anyone with access to the Internet. Included in each chapter is a collection of feature articles from past Tasmanian year books.
More recently, in August 2003, the ABS released Regional Statistics-Tasmania, providing a taste of some of the ABS and non-ABS data available for Tasmanian regions. Those who have previously used Statistics-Tasmania will find navigating the Regional Statistics-Tasmania publication very similar.
SOCIAL ECONOMIC INDEXES FOR AREAS (SEIFA), 2001 RELEASE
SEIFA 2001 has been developed especially for those interested in the assessment of the welfare of Australian communities. Based on recent data from the 2001 Census, the indexes allow ranking of geographic areas, providing a method of determining the level of social and economic well-being in those areas.
There are four indexes:
Although based on the same 2001 Census data, the indexes can provide a more effective and standardized means of comparison of areas than the original source data would alone. For instance, they show where the affluent (as opposed to just high income earning) live, and where the disadvantage (as opposed to the unemployed) live.
SEIFA 2001 provides information and rankings for a wide range of geographic areas from small areas such as Collection Districts to large areas such as Local Government Areas. You can also customize areas to your own specifications.
SEIFA 2001 is available as a standalone product or as an add-on module for use with CDATA 2001. It is Microsoft Windows Operating Systems compliant and will operate on WIN 98SE, 2000, and XP and, WIN NT 4.0. The interface has been designed for ease of use and has on-line help.
The price for Tasmanian data is $1,000 and for Australian data is $2,500.
SELECTED RECENT RELEASES
1252.0.55.001 - National Localities Index, Australia, Electronic delivery (released July 2003)
The National Localities Index provides Statistical Local Area (SLA) codes for over 32,000 Australian localities. It can be used to assign Statistical Local Area, Statistical Subdivision, Statistical Division and state/territory codes as defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC 1216.0.) The index is updated with each new edition of the ASGC. A streets sub-index enables accurate coding for addresses in localities that straddle SLA boundaries.
1305.6 - Tasmania at a Glance, 2003, brochure (July 2003)
1349.0 - Information Paper: A Guide to Interpreting Time Series - Monitoring trends, 2003 (August 2003)
This paper explains why, in ABS publications, the main features and commentaries sections concerning most time series are increasingly emphasising the trend series rather than the seasonally adjusted or original data. It also explains how these trend estimates are obtained as well as how they may be used more effectively for informed decision making.
2007.0 Information paper: Census of Population and Housing, ABS Views on Content and Procedures, 2006 (July 2003)
4518.0 - Information Paper - Sexual Assault Information Development Framework, 2003 (August 2003)
Contains an information development framework for data relating to sexual assault. Provides a conceptual framework, lists data currently available, identifies gaps in data and conclusions about developing information to meet priority needs.
4613.0 - Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2003 (July 2003)
Presents a broad selection of environmental statistics and information which illustrate topical environmental issues.
1377.0 - Measures of a Knowledge based Economy and Society, Australia - electronic delivery (Sept 2003)
This web-based product is the first ABS compendium of statistics on the knowledge-based economy and society.
3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, March 2003 (Sept 2003) - 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. Quarterly and/or annual time series tables throughout. Also includes population projections and estimated resident households for states, territories and Australia.
3235.6.55.001 - Population by Age and Sex, Tasmania - Electronic Delivery, June 2002 (August 2003)
3319.0.55.001 - Information paper: Multiple Cause of Death Analysis, 1997 to 2001, Electronic delivery (July 2003)
This paper explores potential uses of multiple cause of death data by giving examples of several methods of analysis.
3321.0.55.001 - Drug induced Deaths, Australia, 1991 to 2001, Electronic delivery (July 2003)
This Information Paper is an update of information originally published in the article 'Drug-related Deaths' in the ABS publication Australian Social Trends, 2001 (cat. no. 4102.0). It presents data for drug-induced deaths registered in the years 1991 to 2001 (the latest year for which deaths data are available).
4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2003 (June 2003)
Presents statistical analysis and commentary on a wide range of current social issues as well as how social conditions differ across Australian states and territories. A set of international tables also compares Australia with 17 other nations.
4509.0 - Crime and Safety, Australia, April 2002 (June 2003)
Contains summary data on household break-ins, attempted break-ins and motor vehicle theft; and personal robberies, assaults and sexual assaults, in the 12 months prior to the survey. Provides information on the most recent incident including whether it was reported to the police and offender information. Data are classified by demographic characteristics. Includes some state and territory data and some limited comparisons with the 1993, 1995 and 1998 Crime and Safety Surveys.
4512.0 - Corrective Services, Australia, (June 2003) - Contains national information on persons in custodial corrective services in Australia. Monthly information is presented for each state and territory.
6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, April Quarter 2003 (July 2003)
This publication is the flagship release for all ABS labour statistics. It draws together data from a range of sources, mostly ABS household and business surveys, to provide an overall picture of the labour market. The publication is also used to release annual data on Indigenous labour force status, and annual supplementary measures of labour underutilisation. Contains state and territory data.
6248.0 - Wage and Salary Earners, Public Sector, Australia, June 2003 (Sept 2003)
6254.0 - Career Experience, Australia, November 2002 (Sept 2003)
6291.0.55.001 - Labour Force, Australia, Detailed, Electronic Delivery, August 2003 (Sept 2003)
6321.0 - Industrial Disputes, Australia, June 2003 (Sept 2003)
6354.0 - Job Vacancies, Australia, August 2003 (Sept 2003)
6523.0 - Household Income and Income Distribution, Australia, 2000-01 (July 2003) Details are presented on the distribution of income in Australia, data on the various characteristics of households (married couple, one parent and one-person units), their composition, and the principal source of income, age and employment status of reference person.Contains state and territory data.
4183.0 - Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2001-02 (July 2003)
Contains estimates of funding for arts and cultural activities by the three levels of government in Australia.
4810.0.55.001 - Breastfeeding in Australia, 2001 (Sept 2003)
8146.0 - Household Use of Information Technology, Australia, 2001-02 (Sept 2003)
Presents statistics on the use of Information Technology (IT) by households and the IT activities undertaken in Australia. Contains state and territory data.
1363.0 - Book Publishers, Australia 2001-02 (Sept 2003)
This publication presents the results from the 2001–02, Book Publishers Survey covering businesses which had either book publishing as their main activity or generated $2m or more in income from book publishing. Contains a summary of operations by selected states.
7106.0 - Australian farming in Brief, 2003, Brochure (August 2003)
7121.0 - Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2001-02 (July 2003)
This publication contains final estimates for the main commodities collected in the 2001–02 Agricultural Survey.Contains state and territory data.
7503.0 - Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2001-02 (Sept 2003)
Detailed statistics of the gross and local value of crops, pastures and grasses, fruit and nuts, vegetables, livestock slaughterings by type, livestock products; average unit gross value (i.e. prices) of principal crops, livestock slaughterings and livestock products. Contains state and territory data.
8104.0 - Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia, 2001-02 (August 2003)
Expenditure and human resources devoted to research and experimental development (R&D) carried out by businesses in Australia, classified by industry, type of expenditure, source of funds, type of employee, enterprise employment size, field of research, socioeconomic objective and location of expenditure. Contains state and territory data.
8155.0 - Australian Industry, 2000-01 (August 2003)
Presents estimates derived using a combination of data from the Economic Activity Survey and business income tax data provided to the Australian Taxation Office. The estimates include total income and expenses, and operating profit before tax. Contains state and territory data.
8412.0 - Mineral and Petroleum Exploration, Australia, June 2003 (Sept 2003)
8556.0 - Market Research Services, Australia, 2001-02 (July 2003)
Contains information about the market research services industry. Includes major souces of income, components of expenditure, characteristics of employment, performance ratios and key characteristics by state.
8558.0 - Employment Services, Australia, 2001-02 (August 2003)
Contains information on businesses involved in providing employment placement services and/or contract staff (labour-hire) services in Australia. The data include: major sources of income, components of expenditure, characteristics of employment, job placements, performance ratios and key characteristics by state.
8667.0 - Legal practices, Australia, 2001-02 (June 2003)
Contains information about legal practices in Australia. Includes the number of practices, employment, wages and salaries, items of income and expenses, net operating profit/surplus and data by practice size. Some data are classified by state.
9314.0 - Sales of New Motor Vehicles, Australia, August 2003 (Sept 2003)
9208.0 - Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia - Nov 2001 to 31 Oct 2002 (Sept 2003)
9502.0.55.001 - Framework for Australian Tourism Statistics - Electronic delivery, 2003 (Sept 2003)
5439.0 - International merchandise Imports, Australia, August 2003 (Sept 2003)
5678.0 - Venture Capital, Australia, 2001-02 (June 2003)
The survey provides details of venture capital activity from venture capital fund managers.
SELECTED EXPECTED RELEASES
1371.0 - Book Retailers, Australia, 2001-02 (expected release 14/10/03)
2033.6.30.001 - Census of Population and Housing: Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (expected release 30/09/03)
2048.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Ageing in Australia, 2001(expected 13/10/03)
2050.0 - Australian Census Analytic Program: Counting the Homeless, 2001 (expected release 10/10/03)
4114.0 - Attendance at Selected Cultural Venues and Events, Australia, March to July 2002 (expected 1/10/03)
4130.0.55.001 - Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia, 2000-01 (expected release 30/10/03)
4156.0 - Sport and recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2003 (expected release 14/11/03)
4159.0 - General Social Survey, Australia, 2002 ($32.00)(expected release 15/10/03)
Presents results of the first General Social Survey, which brings together a wide range of information to enable it to be linked in ways not previously available. The focus is on the relationships between characteristics from different areas of social concern, rather than in depth information about a particular field. Topics include health, housing, education, work, income, financial stress, broad assets and liabilities, transport, family and community, and crime. Provides an overview through summary tables for different population groups and selected themes. More detailed cross classified tables also cover selected themes. Provides a range of information not previously available from household surveys for smaller states.
4390.0 - Private Hospitals, Australia 2001-02 (expected release 31/10/03)
4713 - Population Characteristics, Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2001 (expected release 06/11/03)
4815.0.55.001 - National Health Survey: Private Health Insurance, Australia, 2001 (expected release 01/10/03)
5232.0 - Australian National Accounts: Financial Accounts, June 2003 (expected release 26/09/03)
6105.0 - Australian Labour Market Statistics, October 2003 (expected release 03/10/03)
6401.0 - Consumer Price Indexes, Australia, September 2003 (expected release 22/10/03)
6427.0 - Producer Price Indexes, Australia, September 2003 (expected release 20/10/03)
8635.6.55.001 - Tourist Accommodation, Small area Data, Tasmania - Electronic delivery, June 2003 (expected release 03/10/03)
8752.0 - Building Activity, Australia, June 2003 (expected release 13/10/03)
8762.0 - Engineering Construction Activity, Australia, June 2003 (expected release 10/10/03)
HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO STATISTICAL NEWS TASMANIA - EMAIL NOTIFICATION
The ABS now has a new email notification service. If you would like to be notified by e-mail as soon as a new issue of Statistical News is released, please let us know by Friday 12 December 2003.
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