1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, Sep 2011  
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Implementation of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)
Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology
Australian Community Indicators Network
Updated Regional @ a Glance web pages
What's New in Regional Statistics
Help for Local Government on the ABS website
Newsletter and ABS contact details
How to subscribe to this Newsletter


From July 2011 the ABS is progressively replacing the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) as its geographical framework. For information on the ASGS please refer to the feature article 'The New Statistical Geography: Australian Statistical Geography Standard', in What's New in Regional Statistics, June 2011 (cat. no. 1386.0).

Updated information on the implementation of the ASGS can be found in the Geography Portal on the ABS website. This includes links to the ASGS manual and other ASGS publications, as well as information on converting data to the ASGS. ASGS release plans for sub-state estimated resident population are in Information Paper: Population Estimates Under Australia's New Statistical Geography, August 2011 (cat. no. 3219.0.55.001) and plans for Building Approvals statistics are outlined in Building Approvals, Australia, April 2011 (cat. no. 8731.0). Building Approvals, Australia (cat. no. 8731.0) began releasing statistics under the ASGS in the July 2011 issue.

If you have any questions regarding the ASGS please email geography@abs.gov.au.


The ABS released the Glossary of Statistical Geography Terminology, 2011 (cat. no. 1217.0.55.001) on 4 March, 2011. The glossary contains brief explanations and definitions of various geographical terms and classifications used in ABS products, such as those from the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) and the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The definitions contained in the Glossary relate to statistics with a 'where' dimension.


In the past decade there has been strong and growing interest in community indicators across governments and communities at all levels. Given this growing interest in community indicators, the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN) has been established by a group of professionals working in this field. The Australian Community Indicators Network aims to assist people using or developing community indicators to share ideas and information, and to foster collaboration. The Network aspires to build a national dialogue and knowledge base across community indicator policy, research and practice. Further details, including how to become a member, can be found on the ACIN website.

In May 2011, the ACIN held its first event, a video seminar with guest speaker Associate Professor Meg Holden presenting on 'Best Practice and Emerging Principles in the Community Indicators Movement'. The seminar recording can be found on the NSS website.

The Regional @ a Glance pages are a great place to start if you are looking for data or information about regional statistics. Recently, the ABS released updated 'Regional @ a Glance' pages. These pages are targeted at users of data for regions below state and territory level. This includes urban, rural, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, including local government areas.

The entry page provides a number of access points to a variety of information on regional statistics. This includes a 'Local Government Areas' page which assists users who are looking for data for their local government area. It provides links to data that can be used to answer basic social and economic questions on a local government area.

The Local Government Areas page also provides a link to the 'National Regional Profile' which contains a range of key summary social and economic data for local government areas.

Information on capital cities, other regions, what's new and regional statistics help can also be found on the Regional @ a Glance page.

If you are interested in regional statistics you may like to read the newsletter What's New in Regional Statistics (cat. no. 1386.0). This is an annual newsletter providing information on the latest developments in statistics that are relevant to regions (including metropolitan, urban, and rural areas) and other information of likely interest to researchers, policy makers and other users of small area data. What's New in Regional Statistics highlights data released by the ABS' Regional Statistics Program and includes articles on other ABS releases that are relevant to users of regional data.

For example, the June 2011 issue provided a feature article on 'The Changing Face of Wage and Salary Earners on Melbourne's Outskirts'.


'Services to Local Government' is a series of information pages designed to help you find data for your local government area and inform you how to keep up to date with the latest ABS releases and available training. It also provides information about how ABS uses local government data. You can find the 'Services to Local Government' pages by heading to the ABS Home Page, clicking on 'Services' along the top navigation bar and following the link to 'Local Government'.

This newsletter is designed to improve communication between the ABS and the Local Government Sector. New ABS initiatives to assist local government organisations will be announced in this newsletter as they evolve.

We appreciate receiving your views and suggestions about this newsletter so that it remains useful and assists you to understand and use ABS statistics. We also welcome suggestions for articles that you feel should be included. Please email your comments and suggestions to: regional.statistics@abs.gov.au

For other enquiries contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or e-mail: client.services@abs.gov.au


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