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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

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

Hide details for Segment 7: Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachersSegment 7: Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers

The economics curriculum relies on real data, and students are expected to understand what's happening now. The ABS is Australia’s official provider of economic data, and teachers can access this free data any time for use the in classroom. The following tutorial segments aim to provide a quick overview of some key national statistical products for economics and commerce 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

Hide details for Segment 8: Key National IndicatorsSegment 8: Key National Indicators

Start at the ABS home page. Note the quick links on the left hand navigation menu to access main economic indicators. If you need the latest CPI, Labour Force and National Accounts data, you can access them from here under National Statistics. A good starting point is Key National Indicators.
Key National Indicators present summary tables and graphs on the latest economic and social measures including GDP, CPI, Unemployment and Average Weekly Earnings. The link opens in the Summary tab. You will find tables of key economics and social indicators, and links to the full publication sources of this summary data. Note the summary data includes the latest figures for each indicator, as well as the percentage change from the previous quarter and the percentage change from the corresponding period last year.
Summary tables are a very useful resource for your class as they are easy to find and provide a quick snapshot of the latest key national data. You can switch to 'Graphs' for the same information in graphical form. Similarly, you can access links to source publications from this page. For example, click on the 'Labour Force' hyperlink and then open the publication Labour Force, Australia (cat # 6202.0). As with all ABS publications, it will open on the Summary page.
For more detail go to the Download tab and download the full publication in PDF format or open one of the Excel tables if you’re after a particular dataset. If you would like to view the Glossary, click on the Explanatory Notes tab. In most ABS publications, this is where you will find a brief introduction of the publication as well as a glossary of terms.

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

Show details for Segment 9: Consumer Price IndexSegment 9: Consumer Price Index
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

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

Hide details for Segment 11: Australian Social TrendsSegment 11: Australian Social Trends

Australian Social Trends is a great source of information articles written by ABS experts on issues of social relevance to Australian society. It will provide you and your students with a wide range of data and analysis of social topics. It aims to provide a snapshot of particular aspects of Australian society and how these have changed over time. The publication was issued annually from 1994 to 2008 but became a quarterly on-line publication in March 2009.
From the ABS homepage, click on the 'Australian Social Trends' link from the left hand navigation menu. Like all ABS publications, the Australian Social Trends link opens in the Summary tab. In the body of the Summary page you will find quick links to the latest articles as well as national and state summary tables. On the left hand menu you have access to a list of all Social Trends articles dating back to 1994. You can scroll down to view the list of articles or click on the topic hyperlinks at the top of the page. Alternatively click on the Past & Future Releases tab to access the full suite of AST publications.
There is also a link to the Australian Social Trends Seminar series. Throughout the year a series of seminars will be presented and the slides will be made available on this web page. To access articles in PDF version, click on the Downloads tab. You can download the entire publication or just choose individual articles that interest you.
The data cubes contain source tables featured in the PDF version of the publication. These can be useful and interesting datasets for students. To open the data cube, click on the Excel icon and ‘Open’ the document. The file should open in the Contents worksheet, which links to all the tables available in the data cube. Tables can also be accessed by opening any of the worksheets at the bottom of the page. Note the link to ‘Definitions’, as well as a list of publications from which the data was sourced. You can also get back to the Australian Social Trends homepage from within the spreadsheet by clicking on the link in the body of the Contents page.

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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