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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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Show details for Segment 1: Tutorials Introductory VideoSegment 1: Tutorials Introductory Video
Includes: A brief introduction to, and aim of, the tutorial ABS Resources for Teachers.
Duration: 0:33 seconds
Size: 1.66MB

Tutorials Introductory Video



Show details for Segment 2: Introductory video for Census topicsSegment 2: Introductory video for Census topics
Includes: Introduction to the Census topics as well as what is not included in the video segments.
Duration: 0:39 seconds
Size: 1.96 MB

Introductory video for Census topics



Hide details for Segment 3: Census product - QuickStatsSegment 3: Census product - QuickStats

Transcript:
QuickStats is designed to provide users with a summary of key Census statistics for a specific area and basic comparisons to Australian data. Start at the ABS homepage, click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'QuickStats' in the body of the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. You can search for a location by using any of the above tabs. Select a location from a series of lists or choose a location from a map. In this example we will type in ‘Fairfield’. Click on the ‘Search’ button and a list of all the places that include ‘Fairfield’ have come up. Click on the scroll bar and drag down to view all locations for your search.
If you’re having trouble choosing a location, click on the Information icon above your location search results list. This page contains descriptions of all the geographies available, to help you make your selection. Select your area of interest from the list. We will select 'Fairfield Local Government Area'. Once a selection has been made, a map appears to check it is the wanted area. If you are happy with the selection, click on the 'View QuickStats' button. You will see the major characteristics, such as population and country of birth, are displayed for your chosen area. For each characteristic, comparisons are also made to Australia as whole. A descriptive commentary on the characteristics is available at the bottom of each data table. Note the Information Icons against the Census Topics. Clicking on the icon will take you to further information about a particular Census variable.
QuickStats data are available for geography areas as large as Australia as well as local government areas, state suburbs and postal areas. Please note QuickStats only shows selected Census topics and the top 5 results for that topic. If you’re after more detailed data, you may prefer to use Census Tables instead. QuickStats is a great resource when students are studying their local community. Why not ask students to make a fact sheet or profile of their chosen area, using a QuickStats report.

Includes: Searching for key summary Census data using QuickStats.
Duration: 3:34 minutes
Size: 8.04 MB

Census product - QuickStats



Show details for Segment 4: Census product - MapStatsSegment 4: Census product - MapStats
Includes: Using MapStats to find Census data for your area of interest, that can be visually explored.
Duration: 2:50 minutes
Size: 9.6 MB

Census product - MapStats



Show details for Segment 5: Census product - Community ProfilesSegment 5: Census product - Community Profiles
Includes: How to find Census data for your area of interest using Community Profiles.
Duration: 2:45 minutes
Size: 7.58 MB

Census product - Community Profiles



Show details for Segment 6: Census product - Census TablesSegment 6: Census product - Census Tables
Includes: How to find detailed Census data for your area of interest and downloading a Census table.
Duration: 4:56 minutes
Size: 13.5 MB

Census product - Census Tables National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers


Show details for Segment 7: Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachersSegment 7: Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers
Includes: Introduction to national statistics tutorials for Commerce and Economics teachers.
Duration: 0:23 seconds
Size: 1.13 MB

Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers



Show details for Segment 8: Key National IndicatorsSegment 8: Key National Indicators
Includes: Finding Key National Indicators on the ABS website and a demonstration of how to access source publications.
Duration: 2:25 minutes
Size: 7.01MB

Key National Indicators



Hide details for Segment 9: Consumer Price IndexSegment 9: Consumer Price Index
Transcript:
From the quick links on the left hand navigation menu of the ABS home page, you can find the Consumer Price Index quarterly publication. The publication opens on the Summary tab to present the latest key data for all industry groups including the latest quarterly change in the CPI and movements over a 12 month period. Scroll down to see the key points and overview of CPI movements for the latest quarter. To access previous CPI data, click on the Past and Future Releases tab. This lists all previous issues of the CPI publication, as well as the next expected release date. We will now go back to the Summary tab.
Note other options from the left hand menu include a 'Capital Cities Comparison' and 'Main Contributors to Change'. If you click on 'Main Contributors to Change', you'll be presented with a discussion on each of the CPI groups. All the important information is here, but your students will not be overwhelmed or confused with too much data. You can easily find more detailed data to inform your teaching by going to the Downloads tab. From here you can download the full publication in PDF or view time series data in an Excel spreadsheet. Click on the table you want to view.
For more information about the Consumer Price Index, please view the slideshow ‘CPI: Reality beyond the Textbook’. This is a valuable education resource for the senior economics classroom that was delivered by ABS CPI expert, William Milne. To find the presentation, start from the ABS homepage, click on the ‘Education’ link located on the top navigation menu. You will be taken to the ABS Education Services entry page. Go via the Teacher Area, select ‘Resources for the Classroom’ and then click on ‘Senior Curriculum Resources’. The presentation was delivered at the ABS as part of the 2008 VCTA Comview Conference.
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.
Duration: 2:41 minutes
Size: 7.63 MB

Consumer Price Index



Hide details for Segment 10: National AccountsSegment 10: National Accounts

Transcript:
National Accounts presents the latest data on the Australian economy including GDP, international trade, investment, net disposable income and a range of feature articles on selected topics.
Starting at the ABS homepage, click on the 'National Accounts' link under the National Statistics heading. You will be directed to the National Accounts themes page which contains a comprehensive list of National Accounts releases. Scrolling down, you will find a wealth of information papers and an index of National Accounts feature articles.
One of the main economic indicators measured by the ABS is GDP. Estimates of GDP are available on a quarterly and annual basis. Get the quarterly GDP figures in catalogue number 5206.0. Open the publication and you will see the quarterly figures are shown at the top of the page, including the yearly percentage change. Scrolling down, you can see graphs are also provided along with key points for the respective quarter. To access the full publication click on the Downloads tab. Download the full publication in PDF format or to get more detailed data, open one of the Microsoft Excel time series spreadsheets. You will find more than 50 years of time series data for the quarterly GDP estimates.
For annual estimates of GDP, go back to the ABS home page by clicking on the ABS logo in the top left hand corner of the page. Note that you can click this logo at any time to get back to the ABS home page. Select National Accounts from the quick links again. The Australian System of National Accounts, cat. no. 5204.0, provides a more detailed breakdown of various components of National Accounts, including annual GDP. Please note a wealth of economics data is also available via the ABS Theme pages from the top navigation menu. This is just another pathway for finding the data you want.

Includes: A demonstration of the National Accounts themes page and how to find quarterly and annual GDP data.
Duration: 2:46 minutes
Size: 8.41 MB

National Accounts

Key Products for Teachers



Show details for Segment 11: Australian Social TrendsSegment 11: Australian Social Trends
Includes: A description of some of the main features of the Australian Social Trends publication and where to find it on the ABS website.
Duration: 3:09 minutes
Size: 9.00 MB

Australian Social Trends



Show details for Segment 12: Measure of Australia's ProgressSegment 12: Measure of Australia's Progress
Includes: How to find the Measures of Australia's progress publication and a brief demonstration of key features.
Duration: 3:02 minutes
Size: 8.75 MB

Measures of Australia's Progress



Show details for Segment 13: Yearbook AustraliaSegment 13: Yearbook Australia
Includes: How to find the Yearbook Australia series and a brief demonstration of key features.
Duration: 1:39 minutes
Size: 5 MB

Yearbook Australia


Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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