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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



Show details for Segment 3: Census product - QuickStatsSegment 3: Census product - QuickStats
Includes: Searching for key summary Census data using QuickStats.
Duration: 3:34 minutes
Size: 8.04 MB

Census product - QuickStats



Hide details for Segment 4: Census product - MapStatsSegment 4: Census product - MapStats

Transcript:
This product is ideal if you want to visually explore the spatial distribution of a Census topic as it provides thematically mapped Census statistics for your chosen location. MapStats is fast and simple to use and no mapping skills are required.
Start at the ABS homepage and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'MapStats' in the body of the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. Search for a geographic area by using any of the tabs above the key word search box.
In this example, we will search using the keyword: 'Ballarat'. Click on the ‘Search’ button and a list of all the places that include 'Ballarat' is displayed. Select a specific geographic area from the list of results. In this example we’ve selected Ballarat Local Government Area. A Map of the selected area appears; check it is the wanted area and click on ‘Select Topic’. Notice the default count method is set as Place of usual residence. Place of usual residence is where people usually live, as opposed to place of enumeration which counts people based on where they were on Census night.
Now choose a topic and subtopic for which you want data. Let’s choose Language and Proportion of People who speak a Language other than English. Click on ‘Select Sub Location’. This will determine how the map of your chosen location will be divided. The options depend on the size of the location you have selected. Here we have the choice of a Collection District or Statistical Local Area. Let’s keep it as a Collection District and click on ‘View MapStats’. The map opens in the Summary tab and may take several seconds to load. You are now presented with a map for your chosen geographic area.
The areas are displayed in a range of colours to convey differences in the Census topics being investigated. Please note the legend at the bottom of the page. The percentage breakdown will change depending on the distribution of a particular variable in the area you select. Note that you can also view a copy of the map in Acrobat Reader or Portable Network Graphics (PNG) from the Downloads tab.
The Portable Network format should be used to copy, resize and paste the map into a report. Click on ‘Free Download’ to open file. The best maps to use are Local Government Areas by Collection districts as they display the smallest geographic area data and give a better spatial distribution of a variable. Why not generate a MapStats report for the local government area of your school and ask students to observe a topic of their choice. Can you see this being of use to your students?

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



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



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



Hide details for Segment 12: Measure of Australia's ProgressSegment 12: Measure of Australia's Progress
Transcript:

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.

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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