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Frequently Asked Questions 2005-2009
 

How do I find more recent data?
How do I found out more about the data?
Is there other data available for regions?
Is historical data available?
Why are some regions not available?
Why aren't other types of regions available?
Why is some data for my region not available?
What data is in the profiles?
Where can I find all the data items for all of the regions in Australia?
I don't know the name of my region - how can I find it?
Where can I find 2004 data?


How do I find more recent data?

Because the National Regional Profile (NRP) is a snapshot of data at a particular point in time, sometimes more recent data will be available. The Explanatory Notes contain links to the most recent releases of data, where you can check for more recent information for your region.

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How do I found out more about the data?

Information about the data in the NRP can be found in the Explanatory Notes and terms are explained in the Glossary.

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Is there other data available for regions?

The NRP contains a summary of the data from a number of ABS and other collections, but there is often other data available. For example, much more data from the Census of Population and Housing is available from the Census pages than is released in the NRP. The Explanatory Notes contain links to the most recent releases of data, where you can check for more detailed information for your region.

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Is historical data available?

Previous releases of the NRP can be found in the 'Past & Future Releases' tab of any regional profile. Caution should be exercised in comparing data across editions of the National Regional Profile, as region boundaries may have changed.

Previous releases of ABS data can also be found by following the links in the Explanatory Notes to the data release you are interested in, then looking at the 'Past & Future Releases' tab for that release.
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Why are some regions not available?

Some small regions do not have a profile, usually because there is insufficient data to put in the profile for them. When there is no data for a region, you can go up one level in the map or list to find a larger region.
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Why aren't other types of regions available?

Statistical Local Areas and Local Government Areas are currently the smallest type of region for which a range of data is available. Examples of data sets that provide data for other types of regions are:
  • Population Census data is the only ABS data source that has data readily available for smaller regions, such as suburbs, and this can be accessed from the Census page. Users can create their own customised regions using the on-line tools provided.
  • The Agricultural Census publishes data for environmental regions, such as Natural Resource Management areas, and customised regions can be produced on a consultancy basis.
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Why is some data for my region not available?

Where some data is not in the profile for your region, but is in other regions of the same type, in most cases it is because the data for your region has been confidentialised to protect privacy. Also, in some regions where there have been boundary changes prior to 2008 this has meant that some data on earlier boundaries could not be presented (see Explanatory Notes paragraphs 156 to 157). In these cases the data will appear as 'n.p', meaning 'not published'.
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What data is in the profiles?

When you select a region, the profile for each region contains four web pages and an Excel spreadsheet:
- the web pages contain a summary of data, with the same data items available for every region.
- the Excel spreadsheet contains everything that is in the summary web pages, but in more detail.

A summary description of all the data sources can be found in the Explanatory Notes
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Where can I find all the data items for all of the regions in Australia?

Click on 'Compare Regions' to go to a page with files containing data for Local Government Areas and Statistical Local Areas (and Statistical Sub Divisions, Statistical Divisions, States/Territories, Australia).

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I don't know the name of my region - how can I find it?

Use the Address Search bar or map to find your region. For help using the map see How to Find a Region.
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Where can I find 2004 data?

Data for 2004 can be found in each of the files in 'Compare Regions'.


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