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4160.0 - Measuring Wellbeing: Frameworks for Australian Social Statistics, 2001  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/10/2001   
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October 12, 2001
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
129/2001
Measuring wellbeing: Mapping the conceptual basis of Australian social statistics

A comprehensive explanation of the way social statistics are organised by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) was released today to assist informed analysis of social issues.

The publication, Measuring Wellbeing: Frameworks for Australian Social Statistics covers nine areas of concern; population, family and community, health, education and training, work, economic resources, housing, crime and justice, and culture and leisure.

It presents the broad framework that the ABS uses to organise Australian social statistics, and details the conceptual models used for each area of concern. The publication includes discussion on how the ABS defines the area, its importance to individual/societal wellbeing, key social issues and the data sources available to address these issues.

The publication aims to help users of statistics to improve their understanding of Australian social statistics, leading to better analysis and informed decision making from the broad array of ABS and other official social statistics that are available.

The material will be a valuable resource for demographers, welfare economists, social analysts, educators, government advisers, and others wanting to understand social statistics systems in Australia. It will also become a useful companion reference to the social issues reported in the ABS's annual Australian Social Trends (cat. No. 4102.0) publication.

Measuring Wellbeing: Frameworks for Australian Social Statistics (cat. no. 4160.0). If you wish to purchase a copy of this publication contact the ABS bookshop in your capital city.

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