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Using Family and Community Statistics



The ABS produces and publishes a range of statistics relevant to Family and Community which can be obtained in a number of ways. For information on how to access ABS statistics in general, follow these links:

How to view the full range of ABS products
How to use the tabs on the Statistical Product pages
How to access ABS microdata


A number of statistical sources exist through which individuals, the community and governments come to understand families and the community. To make an informed decision, the statistics need to be well understood. All ABS statistical publications contain a range of information that can provide users with knowledge about the origin and limitations of statistics. This information is often listed in footnotes to data, Explanatory Notes, Technical Notes and Appendices.


The Directory of Statistical Sources is a useful tool to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections. The Directory provides access to data through links to current outputs from these collections.

A Statistical Source describes how an organisation like the ABS collects statistical information and the detail of the statistics collected. Information about a Statistical Source includes reference material about the collection such as its purpose, scope and coverage, and summary information about the various data items.

There are three ways to access this information: by topic, by geographic level and by source organisation. These are useful ways to search collections relevant to specific areas of interest.


Family, household and income unit classifications and standards

Family, Household and Income Unit Variables (cat. no. 1286.0) gives the broad purpose of these standards to support a statistical picture of the structures of families in society. Debates related to social policy and social support can then draw on objective evidence about families taken from a range of statistical sources.

The standards aim to achieve this by providing standard definitions of concepts, methods of data collection, derivation procedures and output formats for use in all relevant ABS and external statistical collections. The standards are underpinned by a consistently defined concept of the family, which is sufficiently all-embracing to inform such debate and sufficiently robust to be useful in a variety of statistical applications.

Directory of Child and Family Statistics

Directory of Child and Family Statistics (cat. no. 4158.0) lists ABS data sources relating to families and children in Australia. It provides descriptive information on various data sources, data items available, frequency of collections, publications produced and any reliability/ confidentiality provisions. It also contains information on ABS social reports which analyse these data.

Census Dictionary

The Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0) is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist users of Census data. It can help determine and specify output requirements, and develop a better understanding of the conceptual issues underlying the data.

Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources & Methods

Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources & Methods (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) provides a comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics. It also describes the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. The publication explains what the statistics measure, how the various measures relate to each other and how they are produced. It also discusses the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability.


Family and Community Related Concepts

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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