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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|
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
Community Profiles allow you to investigate a diverse range of Census topics from six different perspectives. Each profile looks at a different population or respondent location and presents a comprehensive statistical picture of a particular area.
Start at the ABS website homepage and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'Community Profiles' in the body of the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. As with QuickStats and MapStats, search for a geographic area by using one of the above tabs. In this example we will type in a keyword to search for our area of interest. Select a specific location from the results list. Scroll down to view all locations for your search. Let’s select Wyndham Local Government Area.
Once a selection has been made, a map of the chosen area appears. Check it is the wanted area. If it is, click on ‘View Community Profiles’. Depending on the area you select, there may be up to 6 types of Community Profiles available: the Basic Community Profile, the Indigenous profile, Time Series profile, Place of Enumeration profile which refers to the location of respondents on Census night, the Expanded Community profile which provides more detailed data than the Basic Community profile, and the Working Population profile.
Click on the Downloads tab to find the downloadable files for each profile. Open the profile you want to explore by clicking on the 'Free Download' link. You can choose to save the file to a specified location or simply ‘Open’ the file and save it later. The community profile will open in an Excel spreadsheet with a list of Tables. The tabs at the bottom provide links to further table topics, concepts and definition and individual tables. If you want to know more about this Census product, a separate tutorial on Community Profiles is available from the ABS suite of self-directed learning videos.
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|
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
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.
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|
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.
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|
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|
Duration: 1:39 minutes
Size: 5 MB
This page last updated 19 June 2013