Help finding statistics

Using our new filters

The ABS is pleased to launch the Beta release of our new filtering interface. We have been working to provide you with improved access to the full range of ABS statistics and reference information.

As this release is a 'Beta', its primary purpose is to identify any features that may not perform to your satisfaction. Your
feedback will help improve the interface for all ABS website visitors.

Please note: updates to the catalogue will still occur at 11:30am, Canberra time, and you can still access statistics via the traditional text version.

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General Tips

Some tips for using the filters effectively include:

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Key Filters

Keyword or Catalogue Number

The keyword or catalogue number filter allows you to focus your results on keywords or ABS catalogue numbers. This filter will look for related information in product titles, 'About this release' content and catalogue numbers.

Some tips for using this filter:

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Title Filter

The title filter is useful if you know all or part of the title of an ABS product. By choosing a letter from the dropdown menu, this will change the results to only show product with a title that begins with the selected letter.

Try using the title option in combination with another filter e.g. type consumer price index in the keyword filter, then select title option 'C'. This will reduce the number of results returned and make it easier to find the 'consumer price index, Australia' product.

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Topic Filter

The topic option allows you to refine results using the ABS topics framework.

The first drop down list contains 6 broad subject groups including:

You can filter on these broad groups or refine results further and go down to more specific topics by selecting from the second or third drop down lists.

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Released Filter

The released filter is useful if you only want to see products released recently e.g. in the last week, last month, last 3 months, last 6 months, or last 12 months.

It is important to note that ABS products are released in different frequencies. For example, an ABS product could be released:

  • Monthly
  • Quarterly
  • Annually
  • Every five years - e.g. the Census of Population and Housing data

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Catalogue Filter

The catalogue filter allows you to find statistics using the ABS Catalogue Numbering System. Every ABS product is identified by a unique Catalogue number. The first drop down list presents the first digit of the catalogue system and the second goes down to the second digit of the catalogue system. For example, if you are looking for a product with catalogue 6202.0 (i.e. Labour Force, Australia) you can select 6. Labour statistics and Prices from the first drop down list and 62. Labour force from the second drop down list.

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Product Type Filter

The ABS releases a variety of different types of products. The default product type option is 'Statistical Product'. The following table gives a brief description of the products types available:

Product TypeDescription
ClassificationA set of defined groupings or categories - based on common relationships - into which all members of statistical units can be divided or arranged.
CURFA Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) is a file of responses to an ABS survey that has had specific identifying information about a person or organisation confidentialised. Each person’s or organisation's response is called a ‘unit record’ or ‘microdata’.
DirectoriesDirectories and guides provide details on important sources of published and unpublished information related to a specific topic and often include technical details about content and use of the information.
Directory of Statistical SourcesThe Australian Bureau of Statistics Directory of Statistical Sources has been developed to assist data users to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections.
Discussion PaperDiscussion papers serve to:
  • inform users about proposed Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistical developments
  • seek user input into those proposed developments for ABS decision making.
Feature ArticleA feature article is a means of presenting and highlighting comment on, or analysis of, a particular statistical topic.
Information PaperInformation papers serve to:
  • inform the public about initiatives or changes effecting the understanding and use of statistics and/or
  • present the outcomes of user consultation about an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) initiative.
Media ReleaseA short, attention-getting and topical presentation of the most significant features of an ABS undertaking likely to be of most interest to media editors, and through them, to the public at large.
NewsletterNewsletters are Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) marketing and information dissemination tools promoting or responding to community interest in ABS topics, products, services and/or activities.
Research PaperResearch papers are used to release statistical and/or related information not necessarily representing an official Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) position. These include conference papers, papers published in journals by ABS officers, or papers prepared by ABS research fellows where it is deemed appropriate to further release as an ABS publication.
Statistical ProductStatistical publications are released in the public interest irrespective of commercial consideration. These publications contain statistics and/or the analysis of statistics, are issued under authority of the Australian Statistician and are subject to embargo.

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Date Range Filter

The date range field is used to find the latest products, as well as all media releases and feature articles, released to the ABS website during a certain period of time. Older releases of the same products are available via the Past and Future Releases tab.

For example, if you wanted all of the latest products released in 2008 you could enter 2008 in the first field and 2008 in the last field.

Tips for filtering by date range:

  • The format you can enter in the fields are: yyyy (e.g. 2008) or mm/yyyy (e.g. 11/2008) or dd/mm/yyyy (e.g. 12/03/2008). mm/yyyy will also work
  • The d/mm/yyyy and dd/m/yyyy formats do not work.
  • You don't need to enter a date range, you could just enter a year into the first field.
  • If you only enter a date into the first field e.g. 2003, this will all return products released after 2003 (i.e. up until the today's date).
  • If you only enter a date into the second field e.g. 1997, this will return all products released before 1997.

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Sorting your results

As a default, results will be sorted by release date with the most recently released products at the top, the exception being title filters will be sorted alphabetically.

If you want your results sorted in a different way, you can sort by catalogue number, title or release date - in ascending or descending order - by clicking on the sorting icons in the column headers.

Screenshot showing sorting icons circled in red

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