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ABS Video Tutorials
|These video tutorials will familiarise you with a range of ABS products that are useful in the classroom. You can view transcripts of each segment by clicking on the triangle next to its heading.|
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Includes: A brief introduction to, and aim of, the tutorial ABS Resources for Teachers.
|Segment 1: Tutorials Introductory Video|
Duration: 0:33 seconds
Tutorials Introductory Video
Includes: Introduction to the Census topics as well as what is not included in the video segments.
|Segment 2: Introductory video for Census topics
Welcome to the Census modules. The Census of Population and Housing runs every 5 years and provides the most detailed data available from the ABS. The tutorials in this segment will demonstrate four of the Census products available free from the ABS website. They are easy to use for students and provide meaningful analytical opportunities. For senior high school and tertiary students, more complex Census products such as CDATA and SEIFA are available. These are not covered in the following tutorials but further information about these products is available on the ABS website.
Duration: 0:39 seconds
Size: 1.96 MB
Introductory video for Census topics
Includes: Searching for key summary Census data using QuickStats.
|Segment 3: Census product - QuickStats|
Duration: 3:34 minutes
Size: 8.04 MB
Census product - QuickStats
Includes: Using MapStats to find Census data for your area of interest, that can be visually explored.
|Segment 4: Census product - MapStats|
Duration: 2:50 minutes
Size: 9.6 MB
Census product - MapStats
Includes: How to find Census data for your area of interest using Community Profiles.
|Segment 5: Census product - Community Profiles|
Duration: 2:45 minutes
Size: 7.58 MB
Census product - Community Profiles
Includes: How to find detailed Census data for your area of interest and downloading a Census table.
|Segment 6: Census product - Census Tables
Census Tables are very useful when you need detailed data on a particular Census topic for a particular area. They are sourced from Community Profiles but provide an easier way to look at the tables. Note that Census Tables and Community Profiles are pre-formatted tables and the same list of variables is used for all geographic areas. There are also Census variables with full classification tables available. These tables are more detailed than the standard Census Tables. Types of variables include: Industry of Employment, Occupation, Birthplace and Language spoken at home.
Start at the ABS homepage, and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'Census Tables' on the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. You can see that unlike other Census products, you have two search options for Census Tables: find data by either topic or location. Let’s search by location and click ‘Next’. Please note you can select different search methods using the tabs above. Type in your chosen area of interest. In this example we will type in 'Parramatta' and click ‘Search’ to continue. Select a specific location from the search results list. We will choose Parramatta LGA in this example. Once a selection has been made, a map appears to check it is the area you wanted. If it is, click on ‘Select Topic’.
Before choosing a topic, you can choose a count method. In 2006, primary output is based on Place of Usual Residence, which is the default setting. Other count method options are Location on Census night and Place of Employment. When choosing a count method note that Place of usual residence generates all person variables; however, the location on Census night count method generates variables based on dwellings and households. For example – internet and computer usage. We will leave the default setting as our preferred count method. Select a topic from the list. For this example we’ll choose Birthplace and then from the data list we will choose Country of birth by Age and Sex. Click on View Census Table.
To open the Census Table in Excel, go to the ‘Downloads Tab’ and click on the ‘Free Download’ file. You can either choose to Save or Open the file. Save the file if you expect to come back to it again. Otherwise you can open and save the file later. This is what your table will look like in Microsoft Excel: you are presented with a list of countries of birth for the Local Government Area of Parramatta. The table provides a breakdown by Sex and Age. If you want to view a full classification table, go back to the Topics page and select your topic of interest from the list .
To continue with our example we will once again select Birthplace. Then select a full classification table if it’s available from the data list. To continue, click on ‘View Census Table’. To open the Census Table, go to the ‘Downloads' tab and click on the ‘Free Download’ link on the right hand side of the page. Once again you can Save or Open the file. The table has a more detailed list of the countries of birth for people living in Parramatta; however, a breakdown by age is not provided for the full classification table.
Duration: 4:56 minutes
Size: 13.5 MB
Census product - Census Tables National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers
Includes: Introduction to national statistics tutorials for Commerce and Economics teachers.
|Segment 7: Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers|
Duration: 0:23 seconds
Size: 1.13 MB
Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers
Includes: Finding Key National Indicators on the ABS website and a demonstration of how to access source publications.
|Segment 8: Key National Indicators|
Duration: 2:25 minutes
Key National Indicators
Includes: Finding Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the website and a demonstration of how to access a CPI education resource from the ABS Education pages.
|Segment 9: Consumer Price Index|
Duration: 2:41 minutes
Size: 7.63 MB
Consumer Price Index
Includes: A demonstration of the National Accounts themes page and how to find quarterly and annual GDP data.
|Segment 10: National Accounts|
Duration: 2:46 minutes
Size: 8.41 MB
Key Products for Teachers
Includes: A description of some of the main features of the Australian Social Trends publication and where to find it on the ABS website.
|Segment 11: Australian Social Trends|
Duration: 3:09 minutes
Size: 9.00 MB
Australian Social Trends
Includes: How to find the Measures of Australia's progress publication and a brief demonstration of key features.
|Segment 12: Measure of Australia's Progress|
Measures of Australia’s Progress came out of the growing interest in assessing whether life in Australia was getting better. One outcome of measuring and reporting on progress is to make sense of the world we live in. Students can use this publication as a rich information source for assignments in a range of subject areas, with a focus on longitudinal analysis. A class discussion could arise about the potential indicators of a country’s progress and the approach taken by ABS to measure progress in Australia.
The Measures of Australia’s Progress publication is found on the left-hand menu of the ABS homepage, under Key Products. The publication opens on the home page to present the latest articles on selected indicators. On the left hand menu under the Summary tab there are links to chapters and all available feature articles. In the 2009 issue, you can also access a 10 year summary for selected indicators. Here, the annual rate of change for selected summary indicators is displayed on a graph. Please note, although publication layouts may vary from year to year, the left hand navigation menu will always provide links to core information available in the publication.
We will go back to the home page via the Summary tab, and click on a topic of interest. There are time series graphs displayed with accompanying commentary. Scroll down to find related publications of interest. A list of all related publications is also found under the Related Information tab. If you would like to access the source data for use with your students, click on the Downloads tab and then click on the Excel icon. The data cube will open in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet on the contents pages. Table topics covered in the PDF publication will be included in this spreadsheet. Open a table from one of the worksheets below. You can also open a table from the body of the page. Simply click on the table number to open the time series data you want. This table is displaying life expectancy for the ten year period 1997 to 2007.
Duration: 3:02 minutes
Size: 8.75 MB
Measures of Australia's Progress
Includes: How to find the Yearbook Australia series and a brief demonstration of key features.
|Segment 13: Yearbook Australia
Year Book Australia is the principal reference work produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The Yearbook series provides a detailed statistical overview of economic and social conditions in Australia. It also contains information about Australia’s geography and climate, government, international relations, defence, education, health and welfare support systems. This is a broad-ranging publication that is a rich reference for projects and classroom activities across the curriculum.
Find Australian Yearbooks from the left-hand navigation menu of the ABS homepage. This will take you the entry page of the full suite of Australian Yearbook products. Select 'Yearbook Australia' and you'll be taken to the latest release. All feature articles and Media Releases can be found under the Summary tab on the left hand menu. You may choose to view articles on the web or download a free PDF copy from the Downloads tab.
Yearbooks can also be purchased in hard copy as a great addition to your school library. Did you know that you can access on-line issues of Australian Yearbooks dating back to 1908? Simply click on the Past & Future releases tab to select the Yearbook you want to view.
Duration: 1:39 minutes
Size: 5 MB
This page last updated 19 June 2013