1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, June 2011  
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Welcome to the latest edition of the 'What's New in Regional Statistics' newsletter.

There has been a lot of interest in regional information over the last year, and our regional statistics team have been engaging with a range of data users to provide information and advice on regional statistics. The demand for regional statistics is coming from all levels of government and from communities. We have therefore given more time to providing presentations to interested government and research groups, such as the Local Government Managers Association and the Australian and New Zealand Regional Sciences Association International.

We are keen to be involved in presenting to forums that could help to promote the use and development of regional statistics, and we would welcome requests from various community, industry or government groups using regional data. Please be in touch with us via our email address, regional.statistics@abs.gov.au, or call me on (08) 8237 7402.

What's in this issue?

This issue contains three interesting articles for users of regional statistics. The first feature article, on the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, highlights a rich range of statistics that are collected during the Census and provides information on the dissemination of 2011 Census data.

The second article, The New Statistical Geography: Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) discusses the reasons for implementing the ASGS, and what the ABS is doing to support time series data.

A third article, The Changing Face of Wage and Salary Earners on Melbourne's Outskirts illustrates a way to use data from Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas. It provides a case study on the Melton-Wyndham region exploring how Wage and salary earner characteristics, such as income, sex, age and occupation have changed over time.

Other information in this newsletter is grouped by category. Economy presents highlights from Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits as well as Labour Force, Australia and House Price Indexes, Eight Capital Cities. Under Population and People, you will find key data from the recent releases of Births and Deaths data, as well as Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-10.

There is an Agricultural flavour to this issue's Industry section, with a write-up on the 2011 Agricultural Census, as well as highlights from Agricultural Commodities, Australia and information on Tourist Accommodation, December 2010. In the Environment and Energy section of this issue, you will find information on the Great Barrier Reef Region Land Account, which shows how ABS data can be accessed for areas using a Google Earth interface, and information on the recent release of Water Use on Australian Farms.

We hope that you enjoy the contents of this issue and find them to be of interest. We welcome any feedback and comments you may have.

Lisa Conolly

Regional Statistics Branch