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Newsletters - Statistics News New South Wales - Issue Number 21, December 2002
 
 

Statistics News NSW provides the latest information about ABS statistics including new developments, seminars and reviews.

CONTACT

Allan McLean
Economic and Population Statistics Unit

Phone: (02) 9268 4795 Fax: (02) 9268 4805
Email:
allan.mclean@abs.gov.au


CONTENTS

NON-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS
THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY
NATIONAL HEALTH SURVEY: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER RESULTS
SPORT AND RECREATION
2001 CENSUS
ANZSCO
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
ENVIRONMENT
NSW STATISTICS ON THE WEB
LABOUR FORCE
UNDERUTILISED LABOUR
REGIONAL WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS
REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS
PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES
MANUFACTURING STATISTICS ON THE WEB


NON-PROFIT INSTITUTIONS

Australian National Accounts: Non-profit Institutions Satellite Account, 1999-2000 (cat. no. 5256.0) was released on 28 November 2002. It is the first ABS publication to focus specifically on the non-profit institutions (NPI) sector as a whole and its contribution to the Australian economy. Non-profit institutions play an important role in the provision of welfare, social and other services in Australia. Measuring the non-profit sector as a satellite account enables key economic indicators, such as the sector's contribution to Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to be identified. It also shows the value of services provided by NPIs and their relationship with other sectors such as households, government and corporations. Data is also presented on employment as well as the contribution of volunteer labour to the sector. For more information contact Luisa Ryan on (02) 6252 7346, email luisa.ryan@abs.gov.au.


THE KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY

The ABS recently released a discussion paper Measuring a Knowledge-based Economy and Society - An Australian Framework (cat. no. 1375.0). The paper offers a framework, and suggests indicators, to measure the degree to which Australia is a knowledge-based economy and society. The framework consists of five key areas: context; innovation and entrepreneurship; human capital; information and communications technology; and economic and social impacts. The discussion paper is available free on the ABS web site. Work has already begun on compiling relevant data, but feedback and comments on the framework are still welcome. Contact Tony Weir on (02) 6252 6709, email tony.weir@abs.gov.au.


NATIONAL HEALTH SURVEY: ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER RESULTS

Indigenous results from the 2001 National Health Survey (NHS) were released on 20 November 2002 in National Health Survey, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Results (cat. no. 4715.0). The publication focuses on health status measures, health service use and lifestyle factors which affect people's health. Information for the non-Indigenous population, and selected data from the 1995 NHS, are also included. A National Health Survey: Users Guide, 2001 is also being compiled to provide definitional material and sample copies of the questionnaires. The guide will be available on the ABS web site and is expected for release in January 2003. For more information contact Cathy Williams on (02) 6252 7996, email cathy.williams@abs.gov.au.

SPORT AND RECREATION

Sport and Recreation Funding by Government, Australia, (cat. no. 4147.0) was released on 19 November 2002. Estimates of Australian government funding for sport and recreation activities, facilities and services during 2000-01 are presented. Contact Lisa Conolly on (08) 8237 7402, email lisa.conolly@abs.gov.au.


2001 CENSUS

The second release of 2001 Census data became available on 19 November 2002. The Basic Community Profiles, Census Snapshots and Indigenous Profiles now include data on educational qualifications, labour force, industry, occupation, method of travel to work and other selected variables. This is in addition to social, housing and income data released in June 2002. The full range of Census data is now available for the Basic Community Profiles, Census Snapshots and Indigenous Profiles as free and charged components via this web site. Contact the ABS National Information & Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au.

Sydney...A Social Atlas (cat. no. 2030.1) was released on 28 October 2002 as part of the social atlas series for each capital city in Australia. Colour thematic maps of the key social, demographic and economic characteristics of Sydney are presented at the time of the 2001 Census. A core set of maps enable comparability between cities, including population, ethnicity, education, families, income, labour force and dwellings. City-specific topics have also been included because of their relevance to Sydney: people born in South-East Asia; people speaking a Chinese language at home; people speaking Arabic (including Lebanese) at home; blue collar workers; and white collar workers. For more details contact Danielle Bouvier on (02) 9268 4636, email danielle.bouvier@abs.gov.au.


ANZSCO

The ABS and Statistics New Zealand are working together to develop a joint classification of occupations, the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO). The new classification will be completed for use in the 2006 Censuses in Australia and New Zealand. A discussion paper outlining some of the key issues is available from the discussion forum on the Statistics New Zealand web site at: http://www.stats.govt.nz. For more information contact Wendy Piper on (02) 6252 7627, email wendy.piper@abs.gov.au.


EDUCATION AND TRAINING

A new biennial publication, Education and Training Indicators, Australia (cat. no. 4230.0), was released on 5 December 2002. The publication includes 38 topics which cover the spectrum of education and training activities in Australia, using national level data from both ABS and non-ABS sources. The topics are in line with the framework for education and training statistics, Measuring Learning in Australia: A Framework for Education and Training Statistics (cat. no. 4213.0), due for release in January 2003. For details visit the National Centre for Education and Training Statistics (NCETS) theme page on this web site at. Contact Kirsty Leslie on (02) 6252 6401, email kirsty.leslie@abs.gov.au.


ENVIRONMENT

The second edition of Australia's Environment: Issues and Trends (cat. no. 4613.0) is due for release in March 2003. The publication explores the relationships between Australia's society, economy and environment and focuses on the economic and other values that can be placed on Australia's environment and natural resources. It explains ways of measuring economic, social and environmental changes and conditions, and the economic aspects and environmental impacts of the agriculture, forestry and mining industries. The topic of waste and waste management in Australia is also addressed. Contact Beth Edwards on (02) 6252 5553, email beth.edwards@abs.gov.au.


NSW STATISTICS ON THE WEB

The New South Wales theme page on the ABS web site provides a range of social, economic, environmental, regional and indigenous statistics about NSW. To access the NSW theme page, visit the ABS home page at, go to Themes, then select New South Wales.


LABOUR FORCE

Changes will be made to the ABS Labour Force Survey (LFS) product set from March 2003. The new monthly product set will consist of a single printed publication and electronic products. A new quarterly publication on labour market statistics will also be introduced. While the LFS product set is changing, the survey will remain as it is, and data will be released within the same time frame. More information will be available in Changes to Labour Force Survey Products (cat. no. 6297.0), due for release in December 2002. For more information contact Lorraine Cornehls on (02) 6252 6079, email lorraine.cornehls@abs.gov.au.


UNDERUTILISED LABOUR

Measures of underutilised labour by state and territory were recently released for the first time. The October 2002 issue of Labour Force, Australia (cat. no. 6203.0) contains a feature article that provides, for September 2001, measures of underutilised labour by state and territory, as well as measures by age group. More detailed tables for the period September 1994 to September 2001 are available on this web site. For more information contact Rhonda de Vos on (02) 6252 7437, email rhonda.devos@abs.gov.au.


REGIONAL WAGE AND SALARY EARNERS

The Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre (RRSNC) have been investigating the use of income data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) to satisfy the demand for regional economic indicators. The Information Paper: Using the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness Structure to Analyse Characteristics of Wage and Salary Earners of Australia, 1998-99 (cat. no. 5679.0), is expected to be released in February 2003. It will incorporate the use of the ASGC Remoteness Structure with the aim of contributing to studies of income distribution in regional and remote areas. This will complement the previously released publication Experimental Estimates, Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia, 1995-96 to 1998-99 (cat. no. 5673.0). For further information contact Andrew Middleton on (08) 8237 7306, email andrew.middleton@abs.gov.au.

REGIONAL SMALL BUSINESS

For those interested in regional business indicators the ABS has recently produced experimental estimates of regional business activity, derived from the ATO's business income data, in Experimental Estimates, Regional Small Business Statistics, Australia (cat no. 5675.0). The preliminary findings are presented for state and territory Statistical Divisions for the financial years beginning 1995-96 and ending 1999-2000. Feedback from users on the data and explanations provided are welcomed. Please direct all comments and queries to Mark Chalmers (07) 3222 6307, email mark.chalmers@abs.gov.au.


PRODUCER PRICE INDEXES

Changes to Producer Price Indexes (cat. no. 6427.0) were introduced in the September quarter 2002. For the first time, price indexes for house construction, residential building other than houses, non-residential building and road and bridge construction were included. For more information contact Mark Dubner on (02) 9268 4448, email mark.dubner@abs.gov.au.


MANUFACTURING STATISTICS

A Manufacturing theme page will soon be launched on the ABS web site. The theme page will serve as a useful resource for manufacturing statistics. Background information about manufacturing statistics collections and future directions will also be included. For more information contact Eng Wong on (02) 6252 7238.


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    Statistics News NSW, as well as many other ABS newsletters.

SELECTED RELEASES SEPTEMBER TO NOVEMBER 2002
To order ABS publications please contact the ABS National Information

& Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
4809.0.55.001 NewInformation Paper: Drug-induced Deaths - A Guide to ABS Causes of Death Data, 2002
8415.0 Mining Operations, Australia, 2000-01 ($26.00)
6265.0Underemployed Workers, Australia, September 2001 ($22.00)
1321.0 Small Business in Australia, 2001 ($37.00)
4611.0 Environment Expenditure, Local Government, Australia, 2000-01 ($24.00)
4364.0 National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2001 ($33.00)
2030.1 Sydney ... A Social Atlas, 2001 ($75.00)
8221.0 Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2000-01 ($24.00)
8686.0 Sports Industries, Australia, 2000-01 ($24.00)
5675.0 NewExperimental Estimates, Regional Small Business Statistics, Australia, 1995-96 to 1999-2000 ($19.50)
8689.0 Private Medical Practitioners, Australia, 2002 ($20.00)
7111.0.55.001 NewAgricultural Survey: Farm Business Operations and Management, Australia, 2001-02
1371.0 NewBook Retailers, Australia, 2000-01 ($21.00)
4147.0 NewSport and Recreation Funding by Government, Australia 2000-01 ($19.50)
4715.0 New National Health Survey: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Results, Australia, 2001 ($30.00)
7111.0.55.002 NewAgricultural Survey: Apples and Pears, Australia, 2001-02
5256.0 NewAustralian National Accounts: Non-Profit Institutions Satellite Account, 1999-2000 ($23.00)
SELECTED EXPECTED RELEASES DECEMBER AND JANUARY 2002
Release dates for publications can be obtained from the ABS web site.
On the
home page go to Information on Releases.
4230.0 New Education and Training Indicators, Australia, 2002 ($36.00)
4602.0 Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, March 2002 ($28.00)
7121.0 Agricultural Commodities, Australia, 2000-01 ($22.00)
4711.0 Occasional Paper: Hospital Statistics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1999-2000 ($28.00)
4615.0 New Salinity on Australian Farms, 2002 ($24.00)
1144.0 New Directory of Mining Statistics -- Electronic Publication, 2002 ($45.00)
6297.0 NewInformation Paper: Changes to Labour Force Survey Products, 2002 ($10.00)
3318.0 New Mortality Atlas, Australia, 1997 to 2000 ($50.00)
3311.1Demography, New South Wales, 2001 ($30.00)
7111.0Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 20001-02 ($18.50)
4213.0 New Occasional Paper: Measuring Learning in Australia - A Framework for Education and Training Statistics, 2002 ($23.00)



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