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To access previous editions of the newsletter from the web site go to: http://www.abs.gov.au and head to News and Media - ABS Newsletters. Alternatively, to access our newsletter from our Tasmanian Theme page, go to: http://www.abs.gov.au, then head to Themes, select Regional, select Tasmania, then go to the Noticeboard and look under the heading Newsletters.
State statistical priorities will continue to be determined by the Statistical Policy Committee (SPC), which is chaired by Ms Rebekah Burton, Deputy Secretary DPAC. TSAC will also continue to report to the SPC as necessary.
I would like to thank the ABS for providing the executive support for TSAC and welcome the new Regional Director of the ABS and Government Statistician of Tasmania Ms Lisa Wardlaw-Kelly. I look forward to working more closely with the ABS and all TSAC members in the future.
I can be contacted on (03) 6233 3256 and am located on Level 7/15 Murray Street, Hobart.
TASMANIAN DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE ADVISORY COUNCIL (DCAC)
The Tasmanian Demographic Change Advisory Council (DCAC) was established to help the Tasmanian Government plan for future opportunities and challenges presented by demographic change. The work being done by many organisations in Tasmania will be brought together and utilised to provide the State Government with expert advice from key areas across both Government and the community. Issues such as the ageing of the population, a decrease in the size of the workforce, skills shortages and the geographic spread of the Tasmanian population will be addressed from a whole of Tasmania perspective.
The Demographic Change Advisory Council comprises:
(Source: "Setting Course for the Tasmania of Tomorrow" http://www.media.tas.gov.au)
The ABS has observer status on the Council and will also participate as a member of the steering committee which supports and reports to the Council. The steering committee will provide advice on key issues associated with Tasmania's demographic change; highlight the emerging challenges and opportunities; assess the extent to which current and planned activities address the immediate and emerging issues; and identify areas where new or improved strategies are required.
These features take into account the different skills and experience of users.
2001 census data is now available in QuickStats, Census Tables and Community Profiles via the new web interface. QuickMaps, CDATA Online, and Table Builder will be released to the web in the coming months. Further information about these products can be found under 'New Products Brief' from the census pages of the ABS website for both 2001 and 2006 census data. For more detail about proposed product releases for 2006 census data see the Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services, 2006 (cat. no. 2011.0).
Further information about census data, including a schedule of releases can be found by clicking on 'Census' from the ABS home page at http://www.abs.gov.au.
NATIONAL REGIONAL PROFILE - NEW RELEASE, NEW FEATURES
The latest version of the National Regional Profile (NRP) was released on 21 September 2006.
The NRP is an easy to use self-help facility that allows users to find their desired region from a map or pick-list and then view or download information for that region. The NRP was developed in response to requests for more accessible information about regions and was first released in 2004. Information is available for Local Government Areas, Statistical Local Areas, Statistical Subdivisions, Statistical Divisions, States/Territories and Australia.
There are a number of changes in the new NRP release that significantly enhance content and functionality for users, including choices of summary or more detailed data, and the expansion of data available.
If you are looking for a brief snapshot of your region the NRP now contains:
If you would like more detailed data the NRP now contains:
For those who want to compare regions the NRP now contains:
The NRP now includes:
The National Regional Profile can be accessed from the 'Regional Statistics' links on the ABS home page. Users can select a region by name or drill-down to the area they want using maps.
A 'step by step' demonstration on how to compare regions of interest using SuperTABLE using the new release of the National Regional Profile can be found in the latest edition of SA Stats (cat. no. 1345.4).
For further information please contact Andrea Woods on (08) 8237 7350 or email email@example.com.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ABS NEWSLETTER
Local Government and ABS is a free quarterly newsletter created by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) aimed at helping the Local Government Sector use statistics to assist with planning and other community servicing decisions.
The specific aims of the newsletter are to:
To subscribe please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "subscribe Local Government and ABS" in the subject line.
To access previous editions of the newsletter from the web site go to: http://www.abs.gov.au and head to News and Media - ABS Newsletters.
NATIONAL STATISTICAL SERVICE (NSS) NEWSLETTERThe National Statistical Service newsletter is designed to keep you in touch with developments across a range of statistical fields. The latest issue features the progress of the Child & Youth Portal which is soon to be released on the NDN, including the powerful analytical tool from the US Census Bureau "Data Ferrett". You can also read about the reason behind the recent integration of the Statistical Clearing House (SCH) and NSS websites, keep up to date with census developments and discover what happened at the population well-being data gaps workshop and the community indicators workshop.
The October 2006 edition of the National Statistical Service newsletter can be found on the NSS website at http//www.nss.gov.au/.
Alternatively you can open the newsletter document in the attached PDF.
If you have and questions or comments regarding the newsletter, please phone Geoff de Baux on (02) 9268 4327 or email email@example.com.
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UPDATE ON THE AGRICULTURAL CENSUS
The 2005-06 Agricultural Census was despatched on the 9 June 2006. Processing is underway in the Tasmanian Office of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, with preliminary data for key commodities due to be released in February 2007. Data from the Agricultural Census will be available free on the ABS website.
Statistics gathered from the census will give planners and policy makers a greater understanding of what is happening in the agriculture sector and an understanding of future prospects for all agriculture industries. This information will also help policy makers and other bodies involved in the industry, including farmers, to develop and maintain strategies to ensure sustainable farming practices.
Farm businesses with outstanding forms are urged to complete and return them to help build an accurate picture of the industry across the country. For assistance in completing the 2005-06 Agricultural Census form please visit the website or call the 1800 freecall number on the front of the form.
Further information about agriculture statistics can be found under 'Themes - Agriculture' accessed from the ABS home page at http://www.abs.gov.au.
ENVIRONMENT STATISTICS PROGRAM
The environment statistics program in Tasmania is administered by the Environment and Energy Business Statistics Centre in Hobart in conjunction with the Centre for Environment and Energy Statistics (CEES) in Canberra. Over the last few months, a range of environment statistical publications have been released, with a number of other publications due for release shortly.
Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms, 2004-05 (cat no. 4620.0) was released 12 October 2006. This was the ABS' first dedicated Natural Resource Management (NRM) survey, and asked survey respondents a range of questions relating to their farm management practices in five priority areas: weeds, pests, water, land and soil, and native vegetation. The data is presented at state/territory and regional (Natural Heritage Trust 2) levels. It was found Tasmanian agricultural establishments spent $71m on natural resource management activities during 2004-05, the greatest proportion of which was on land and soil issues ($25m or 35%).
Water Access Entitlements, Allocations and Trading 2004-05 (cat. no. 4610.0.55.003) was released 13 October 2006 presenting data on the number of water access entitlements, the volume of water allocated to water access entitlements, and water trading in Australia during 2004-05. This publication, the first to collate this publicly available data at both national and state/territory level, found that there were 3110 water entitlements in Tasmania during 2004-05, which equated to 1,038,419 megalitres (ML). Data from this publication will form part of the upcoming Water Account, Australia 2004-05 publication (cat. no. 4610.0) which is scheduled for release on 28 November 2006.
Water Use on Australian Farms 2004-05 (cat. no. 4618.0) was released 25 July 2006. This presented estimates for agricultural water use, including crops and pastures irrigated by area and volume applied, sources of irrigation water, irrigation methods and water traded at a national and state/territory level. In Tasmania, total farm water use was 255 gigalitres, or 2.3% of the Australian total. Following the national trend, irrigation (232 gigalitres) accounted for just over 90% of the agricultural water use, with pasture for grazing the most irrigated crop.
In addition to the Water Account, Australia 2004-05, Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends (cat. no. 4613.0) and Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices (cat. no. 4602.0) will be released during November 2006. The former focusses on major aspects of Australia's environment and, in particular, provides data relevant to the emerging discipline of sustainable development, while the latter examines information on environmental behaviour and practices of Australian households and individuals.
Further information on environment statistics can be found under 'Themes - Environment & Energy' accessed from the ABS home page at http://www.abs.gov.au. Alternately, contact Ron Just on (03) 6222 5842 or email email@example.com.
2005-06 PRELIMINARY VINEYARDS ESTIMATES RELEASED
Approximately 9,500 vineyards across Australia were selected to participate in this year's Vineyards collection with approximately 250 Tasmanian growers taking part.
The Vineyards Estimates, Australia, Preliminary, 2005-06 (cat. no. 1329.0.55.001) was released on 12 October 2006 and shows Tasmania recorded a 12% decrease in production, down to 5,400 tonnes. Tasmania's area of vines however, increased by 2% to stand at 1,300 hectares.
Final estimates for the 2005-06 Vineyards collection will be released on 20 December 2006.
For further information on the Vineyards collection please contact Mark Heathcote on (03) 6222 5910 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SELECTED RECENT RELEASES
1385.0 Information Paper: Emergency Management Information Development Plan, 2006 (Released 31/10/2006)
The Emergency Management Information Development Plan (EMIDP) is a national strategic framework of emergency management research initiatives in Australia. The EMIDP identifies key issues and data items for consideration; presents agreed priorities and plans for improving relevance, coverage, comparability and quality of information; and identifies responsibilities for progressing individual strands of work, and for monitoring overall progress.
1385.0.55.001 Emergency Management Information Development Plan Matrix, 2006 (Released 31/10/2006)
The Emergency Management Information Development Plan Matrix is a complex data needs analysis of the emergency management sector which underpins the EMIDP. For each of the five domains of emergency management the matrix provides information on the characteristics of the data needs and development requirements. It contains information on existing data and data gaps and their data characteristics, cross-classified by the environmental characteristics, the hazard or risk types and the business processes that constitute the different organisational and operational procedures within the service agencies.
8415.0 Mining Operations, Australia, 2004-05 (Released 27/10/2006)
Includes State and territory estimates of employment, wages and salaries, sales and service income, and industry value added for mining (excluding services to mining). Also presents estimates of the value of mineral production by state and for the Northern Territory, drawn from their administrative sources. Details of production quantity will be available on spreadsheets to be released concurrently.
4913.0 Pregnancy and Employment Transitions, Australia, Nov 2005 (Released 23/10/2006)
Pregnancy and Employment Transitions is a new survey topic. It provides important statistics about the experiences of women with young children, including some aspects of women's working experiences while pregnant and after returning to paid work, as well as the use of leave by women and their partners following the birth of a child.
3127.0.55.001 Information Paper: Evaluation of Administrative Data Sources for Use in Quarterly Estimates of Interstate Migration, 2006 to 2011 (Released 16/10/2006)
This report evaluates the suitability of a number of administrative data sources for use in the quarterly estimation of interstate migration for the intercensal period up to the next Census of Population and Housing.
1002.0 Australian Statistics Advisory Council - Annual Report, 2005-06 (Released 13/10/2006)
Outlines the functions and activities of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council.
8635.6.55.001 Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Tasmania - Electronic Delivery, Jun 2006 (Released 10/10/2006)
Contains the results from the on-going quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation. Data provide information on the supply of, and demand for, tourist accommodation facilities. Data include number of establishments, capacity and employment for the quarter and occupancy and takings from accommodation for each month; by type of establishment and by star grading. This is a useful reference for policy makers and industry monitors and advisers. Information is presented for the state and by Tourism Regions as defined by the state tourism commission.
3101.0 Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2006 (Released 21/09/2006)
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.
4824.0.55.001 Mental Health in Australia: A Snapshot 2004-05 (Released 30/09/2006)
This article provides a brief overview of the prevalence, risk factors and characteristics of persons with mental or behavioural problems in Australia. This article presents information sourced from the 2004-05 ABS National Health Survey (NHS), as well as the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) and other ABS and non-ABS sources.
8686.0 Sports and Physical Recreation Services, Australia, 2004-05 (29/08/2006)
Presents final results, in respect of the 2004-05 financial year, from a survey of businesses involved in a range of sports services. Information presented includes the income, expenses and employment of organisations involved in horse and dog racing, health/fitness centres and gymnasia, other sporting venues, administrative organisations, sporting clubs, and sports support services.
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