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

CONTACT


Allan McLean
Statistical Coordination Branch

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

ABS Information Service: 1300 135 070


CONTENTS

MESH BLOCK - NEW MICRO LEVEL GEOGRAPHY
STATISTICAL GEOGRAPHY IN NSW
2006 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING
Nature and Content
Proposed Products and Services
PREGNANCY AND WORK TRANSITIONS SURVEY (PaWTS)
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO)
AUSTRALIA'S WELFARE CONFERENCE 2005
HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY
SELECTED RECENT RELEASES
SELECTED EXPECTED RELEASES


MESH BLOCKS
New Micro Level Geography

The Information Paper: Draft Mesh Blocks Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 1209.0.55.001) was released on 9 September, in conjunction with the Mesh Blocks (Draft) Digital Boundaries, Australia (cat. no. 1209.0.30.001).

Mesh Blocks are a new micro level of geography which will form a comprehensive infrastructure for assigning a house, farm, factory or business to its correct Mesh Block based upon its street address. It is intended to become the basic building block of all statistical, political and administrative geography in Australia.
The paper seeks comments on the draft Mesh Blocks from statistical and spatial data users who may have knowledge of local conditions that was not available to the ABS during the design process. Feedback on the draft boundaries for Mesh Blocks will be an important input to their usability and long-term stability.

Responses should be sent by 31 December to:
Director , Geography
Australian Bureau of Statistics
PO Box 10, Belconnen ACT 2616
Fax: (02) 6252 8666
Email: geography@abs.gov.au.
STATISTICAL GEOGRAPHY IN NSW

NSW Statistical Geography has undergone significant change as a result of Local Government Area (LGA) restructuring. The 2005 Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0) will reflect all current NSW LGA changes.

The 2006 ASGC, which is the basis for 2006 Census and Estimated Resident Population data, will also include a number of changes to other geographic levels as a result of consultations and reviews undertaken in NSW.

For 2006, there will be changes to the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level of geography in NSW. These will include the removal of a number of SLAs with populations below 10,000 persons and some new SLAs dividing areas with populations near or over 100,000 persons. Some NSW Statistical Districts (S Dist) have also undergone change. The Gold Coast-Tweed S Dist has been enlarged to include coastal development in the southern part of the Tweed LGA while the Bathurst-Orange S Dist will be divided into two S Dists based on the former Bathurst and Current Orange LGA boundaries.
2006 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING - Nature and Content

The Information Paper: 2006 Census of Population and Housing - Nature and Content (cat. no. 2008.0) will be released in late 2005.

This publication will describe the procedures for the 2006 Census and the topics that will be included. The procedures have been determined after evaluation of the 2001 Census data and processes, and extensive public consultation.

Topic related changes from the 2001 Census include the introduction of the questions on the need for assistance with everyday activities, unpaid work, and number of children ever born. The publication will also describe modifications to the labour force questions and revised approaches to collection and coding of age, income, tenure type and industry related questions. In addition, a new experimental level of geographical output called Mesh Blocks will be trialled in 2006.

2006 CENSUS OF POPULATION AND HOUSING - Proposed Products and Services

The Information Paper: 2006 Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services (cat. no. 2011.0) was released on 6 September.

This paper provides information on the suite of proposed products and services for the 2006 Census and seeks user views on these proposals through a questionnaire. The questionnaire is also available online.

Consultation sessions will be held in Sydney at the ABS NSW Office on Tuesday 25 October (9.30 am and 2.00 pm) and Wednesday 26 October (9.30 am). Numbers for each session are limited. To reserve your place please contact Jill Tomlinson, phone (02) 9268 4123, email jill.tomlinson@abs.gov.au.PREGNANCY AND WORK TRANSITIONS SURVEY (PaWTS)

The Pregnancy and Work Transitions Survey (PaWTS) will be conducted in November 2005 as a supplement to the Monthly Labour Force Survey.

The PaWTS will provide important statistics about the number of women who work while pregnant and some aspects of women's working experiences while pregnant and after returning to paid work, as well as the use of leave by women and their partners following the birth of a child. The scope of the survey will be women who are birth mothers of children aged under 2 years.

Results are expected to be available in August 2006. An information consultancy service and a web-based product entitled Pregnancy and Work Transitions, Australia, November 2005 will be available at the time of release.

For more information contact Michael Giess on (02) 6252 5359, email michael.giess@abs.gov.au.
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND STANDARD CLASSIFICATION OF OCCUPATIONS (ANZSCO)

A new classification of occupations, the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) (cat. no. 1220.0) is being developed by the ABS, Statistics New Zealand and the Australian Government Department of Employment and Workplace Relations. ANZSCO will replace the existing Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO), Second Edition (cat. no. 1220.0).

An information paper ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (cat. no. 1221.0) was released in late September and included the final structure of ANZSCO. The complete classification (including definitions for all categories) is expected to be released in July 2006. ANZSCO will be implemented in ABS collections from 2006 onwards.

For more information contact Andrew Woolley on (02) 6252 7073 or Ian McLean on (02) 6252 5377, email social.classifications@abs.gov.au.
AUSTRALIA'S WELFARE CONFERENCE 2005

Australia's Welfare Conference 2005: Connected Challenges, Connecting Response is being held on Wednesday 30 November at the National Library of Australia. Presented by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), this one day conference incorporates the launch of Australia's premier welfare publication Australia's Welfare 2005 and includes presentations from renowned welfare and community services professionals including:
  • Dr Jeff Harmer, Secretary, Department of Family and Community Services
  • Prof Alan Hayes, Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
  • Mr Andrew McCallum, President, Australian Council for Social Research
  • Dr Richard Madden, Director, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
  • Prof Peter Saunders, Director, Social Policy Research Centre
  • Dr Ian Winter, Executive Director, Australian Institute and Urban Research Institute

For further information please access the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare web site or contact Anna Stark on (02) 6244 1287, email anna.stark@aihw.gov.au.

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY

The Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Summary of Results, 2003-04 (cat. no. 6530.0) was released on 11 August 2005. This publication presents information on the levels and patterns of expenditure of Australian households, classified according to their income, net worth and other household characteristics. Expenditure is classified by broad expenditure group. The information presented in this publication is also available on a state by state basis. Detailed expenditure information is available in Household Expenditure Survey, Australia: Detailed Expenditure Items (cat. no. 6535.0.55.001). For further information contact Jan Gatenby on (02) 6252 6174, email jan.gatenby@abs.gov.au.




SELECTED RELEASES AUGUST TO SEPTEMBER 2005
ABS publications are available to download free from this site.
To enquire about release dates, please contact the National Information & Referral Service on 1300 135 070.

ABS Catalogue No.
1209.0.55.001Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services, 2006
1221.0Information Paper: ANZSCO - Australian and New Zealand Standards of Occupations, 2005
1380.0.55.002Perspectives on Regional Australia: Sources of Income, Experimental Estimates, 2000-01
2011.0Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services, 2006
3412.0Migration, Australia, 2003-04
4183.0Cultural Funding by Government, Australia, 2003-04
4619.0Experimental Estimates of Regional Agricultural Water Use, Research Paper, 2000-01
4704.0The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2005
4704.0.55.00Recent Developments in the Collection of Indigenous Statistics, 2005
4714.0.55.003National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social Survey, Australia: Summary Booklet, 2002
5501.0.55.001Government Financial Estimates, Australia, Electronic Delivery, 2005-06
5514.0Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2005
5673.0.55.003Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia - Data Cubes, 2002-03
7106.0Australian Farming in Brief, 2005
7503.0Value of Agricultural Commodities Product, Australia, 2003-04
8104.0Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia, 2003-04
8695.0Accommodation Services, Australia, 2003-04



SELECTED EXPECTED RELEASES OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER 2005

ABS Catalogue No.
1295.0Information Paper: ANZSIC 2006 Implementation
1362.0Information Paper: Regional Research in Australia - the Statistical Dimension: An Information Development Plan for Rural and Regional Statistics, 2005
2008.02006 Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2006
2903.0How Australia Takes a Census, 2006
3222.0Population Projections, Australia, 2004 to 2101
3301.0Births, Australia, 2004
3303.0.55.001Divorces, Australia, 2004
3306.0.55.001Marriages, Australia, 2004
4130.0.55.001Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia, 2003-04
4618.0Water use on Australian Farms, 2002 to 2004
4619.0Experimental Estimates of Regional Agricultural Water Use, Research Paper, 2000-01
4704.0.55.002The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Summary Booklet, 2005
5204.0Australian System of National Accounts, 2004-05
5220.0Australian national Accounts: State Accounts, 2004-05
5678.0Venture Capital, Australia, 2004-05
6313.0Information Paper: Changes to ABS Measures of Employee Remuneration, 2005
6429.0Producer and International Trade Price Indexes: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2005
6440.0A Guide to the Consumer Price Index: 15th Series, 2005
8221.1.55.001Manufacturing Industry, New South Wales, 2001-02
8226.0Electricity, Gas, Water and Sewerage Operations, Australia, 2003-04
8415.0Mining Operations, Australia, 2003-04



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