Australian Bureau of Statistics
1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, 2013
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/01/2013
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SMALL AREA TOURIST ACCOMMODATION DATA RELEASED
On 26 September 2013 ABS released Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Australia, Jun 2013 (cat. no. 8635.0.55.002) which presents Tourism Region data collected from accommodation businesses in the June quarter 2013 Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). Data by star grade was released for Tourism Regions and Statistical Area Level 2 geographies in each state publication (cat. nos. 8635.1.55.001 to 8635.8.55.001).
Tourism Regions are included in the Non-ABS Structure of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard and are defined by the respective state/territory tourism commissions. The data is useful for researchers, policy makers and industry monitors and advisers.
From 1 July 2013 the collection frequency of the STA has changed from quarterly to annual. The June quarter 2013 publication is the final quarterly publication. This data will now be collected and released on a financial year basis commencing with 2013-14. The financial year release will contain four separate quarters of data.
COUNTS OF AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSES
Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2008 to Jun 2012 (cat. no. 8165.0) containing data sourced from the ABS Business Register was released on 21 May 2013. Two data cubes; employment size ranges and turnover size ranges for the number of businesses by industry division by Statistical Area Level 2 geography have been added.
This product presents business counts, including rates of business entries to and exits from the Australian economy, and rates of business survival. Detailed counts are presented by industry, main state and territory, type of legal organisation, institutional sector, employment size ranges and annual turnover size ranges.
Detailed cross-classified tables are expected to be released later this year.
AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY INDICATORS NETWORK
On 22 October 2013 the ABS hosted the sixth national video seminar in partnership with the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN). This seminar titled, 'Healthy Community Indicators', included three presentations consisting of health related community indicator research projects at the national and local level. A brief summary of the 2013 Community Indicators Consortium Summit (Chicago) outcomes was also presented. More information about the network can be found on the ACIN website. Recordings of previous ACIN seminars held by the network can be accessed from the National Statistical Service website.
2011 SOCIO-ECONOMIC INDEXES FOR AREAS (SEIFA) RELEASED
The recent third release of 2011 Census data included the release of the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), which ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.
SEIFA 2011 contains the same set of four indexes as released for SEIFA 2006:
Each index is a summary of a different subset of the 2011 Census variables and focuses on a different aspect of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.
SEIFA 2011 can be used for a wide range of purposes including:
SEIFA 2011 contains new easy-to-use features and data visualisation tools, including the ability to display data using Google Earth®, which makes interpreting Census data even easier. You can view and download all information free of charge from the Census/SEIFA page of the ABS website.
TIME SERIES ESTIMATES OF PERSONAL INCOME FOR SMALL AREAS
Time series data for 2005-06 to 2010-11 was released on 29 October 2012. The estimates have been compiled using aggregated individual income tax data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Data are provided on the number of individuals and the amount of income received from wage and salary, own unincorporated business, investment, superannuation and annuities, and other income (excluding government pensions and allowances).
The time series data for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2, 3 and 4 have been released in Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2005-06 to 2010-11 (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002).
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EXPERIMENTAL ESTIMATES OF EMPLOYMENT
The recent release of Experimental Estimates of Employees by Industry and Workplace Location, Victoria, 2005-06 to 2010-11 (cat. no. 8176.2.55.001) represents an investigation by the ABS into the potential for administrative datasets to inform the production of spatially enabled economic statistics at the local level. The experimental estimates in this release were produced predominantly using business data sourced from WorkSafe Victoria. As such, the scope of the estimates are based on the businesses with locations in Victoria that are registered with WorkSafe for the reference periods of 2005-06 to 2010-11. These include:
The Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) commissioned the Australian Bureau of Statistics, under the auspices of a Victorian Statistical Priority, to provide the statistical framework necessary to produce workforce location experimental estimates of the number of employed persons by Victorian local government area of workplace, by industry (ANZSIC 2006) for the financial years 2005-06 to 2010-11.
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FLY-IN FLY-OUT PARLIAMENTARY INQUIRY
The recent "House Standing Committee on Regional Australia: Inquiry into the use of ‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) workforce practices in regional Australia" has raised awareness and interest in using regional statistics to better understand the circumstances of the regional communities that host FIFO workers and other areas which are home to those FIFO workers. The Committee's terms of reference include the current and future extent of FIFO work across Australia, the costs and benefits of FIFO work to companies and individuals, the effect of FIFO work practices on "host" and "home" communities, and government initiatives in relation to FIFO work.
Many of the issues faced by regional communities in relation to FIFO are generic regional issues such as planning for population change; economic development, and community wellbeing. Therefore, the FIFO debate reflects common regional policy and planning issues and data needs.
The Inquiry raised a number of interesting issues in terms of the way ABS data can be used to better inform this debate. The ABS prepared two public submissions to the Inquiry, the first explaining our current data and its uses, and the second explaining what could be done to meet some of the data gaps. These submissions can be found on the Australian Parliament House (APH) website under submission 223 and 223.1.
The Inquiry recently released it's findings in the report "Cancer of the bush or salvations for our cities" which can be found on the House Standing Committee on Regional Australia page of the APH website. The Inquiry findings highlighted a range of unmet information needs, with Recommendation 1 specifically seeking an ABS response in relation to improvements to regional service population data.
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This page last updated 29 October 2013