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1338.1 - New South Wales in Focus, 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/05/2007   
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INTRODUCTION

NSW in Focus is a contemporary record of activity within the state, providing a wide range of statistics from both ABS and non-ABS sources. The materials presented in this publication are organised into twelve chapters, representing areas of social or economic importance: population, family and community, health, education and training, work, household economic resources, housing, crime and justice, transport, economic activity, and the environment. At the beginning of each chapter a summary table presents a time series of key indicators, followed by more detailed statistics relating to issues identified within each topic. Data sources are provided at the end of each chapter. The final chapter presents national and international comparisons.

A new chapter about work has been included in this edition, and provides an expanded analysis of labour force status and underutilisation, job mobility, skilled employment, and information about people not in the labour force. In addition, the selection of national and international indicators covering a range of topics has been included for comparative purposes.

Other changes of note include:
  • the Health chapter has expanded its reporting of mental health and mental health services, and includes information about birthweight and gestational age, and home and community care services;
  • the Housing chapter has expanded its reporting of the costs of housing; and
  • the Environment chapter includes statistics about air quality, and energy generation and consumption.

NSW in Focus is an easy to use reference for government agencies, universities, other education facilities, research organisations, businesses and the general community, and the ABS invites comments on the usefulness of the content and the indicators. The statistics contained in this publication were the most recent available at the time of its preparation. In some cases, the ABS web site <www.abs.gov.au> and the web sites of other organisations, can provide access to more recent and detailed statistics. It is produced annually and is available free of charge from the ABS web site.

INQUIRIES

For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Allan McLean on Sydney (02) 9268 4795.


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