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ABS Training: Course Profiles

The ABS provides training on a range of topics to develop skills for high quality statistical collections and statistical analysis. If your training requirements are not met in the following list of courses please get in touch with the ABS Training Contact in your State/Territory. Please check these pages for updates, as we will be continuing to add new material.

ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE The ABS website has large datasets that can be downloaded free of charge. This course will teach participants how to access these datasets in SuperTABLE format to create tables that meet their organisation's information needs. Through a combination of theoretical instruction and computer-based exercises, participants will learn how to use the free SuperTABLE software.

Analysing Survey Data Made SimpleThis two-day, computer-based course develops basic practical skills in statistical and graphical data analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel.

Running Your Own SurveyThis course is intended to provide an understanding of the issues involved in running your own survey. It follows the survey process from planning right through to presentation of results.

Introduction to Labour StatisticsThis course provides an overview of the range of concepts and issues associated with ABS labour statistics. It explores the data produced by both household and employer based collections, and highlights the range of products available to access labour-related data.

Making Quality Informed DecisionsThis course is intended to assist people to effectively use a quality framework to systematically understand quality issues associated with using data sources. It will also equip participants with the necessary skills to apply that understanding when making a decision (eg, on policy), and is designed to take participants through the key fundamentals of data quality assessment. There is also a strong emphasis on the importance of using good quality data to promote informed decision-making.

Principles of Questionnaire DesignA well designed questionnaire is vital for collecting high quality data. The aim of this course is to provide participants with an awareness and understanding of questionnaire design principles. The course covers selecting collection methodologies, developing survey questions, designing questionnaire layout and testing the questionnaire.

Turning Data into InformationThis course develops skills in interpreting and analysing data and communicating information clearly and effectively. Analytical thinking skills are developed to enable the transformation of data into meaningful information such as written reports. A key theme of this course is analytical thinking to ensure relevant messages are extracted from data to meet set objectives.

Understanding Demographic DataThis course provides an understanding of the demographic data framework and the processes which shape the population and includes practical exercises in the analysis of demographic data.

Introduction to the Survey Process This course aims to provide participants with the knowledge and confidence to make good decisions about running surveys in their community.

Time Series Made SimpleThis half-day workshop aims to provide participants with a basic understanding of statistical time series, including an understanding of trends, cycles, seasonal variation and irregular movements that may be present in the data.

Understanding Time SeriesThis two day course gives participants a detailed understanding of what a time series is, what the process of seasonal adjustment is, how seasonal adjustment is approached in the ABS, what the issues and problems are which may arise during seasonal adjustment and how to address these.

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