USING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY STATISTICS
The ABS publishes and produces a range of statistics relevant to Family and Community statistics which can be obtained in a number of ways. For information on how to access ABS statistics in general, follow these links:
How to Navigate to Statistics
How to Use the Statistics Product Pages
How to Access ABS Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
A number of statistical sources exist through which individuals, the community and governments come to understand families and the community. To make an informed decision, the statistics need to be well understood. All ABS statistical publications contain a range of information that can provide users with knowledge about the origin and limitations of statistics. This information is often listed in footnotes to data, Explanatory Notes, Technical Notes and Appendices.
DIRECTORY OF STATISTICAL SOURCES
The Directory of Statistical Sources is a useful tool to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections. The Directory provides access to data through links to current outputs from these collections. A Statistical Source describes how an organisation like the ABS collects statistical information and the detail of the statistics collected. Information for a Statistical Source includes reference material about the collection, such as purpose, scope and coverage, and summary information about the various data items. There are three ways to access this information - by topic, by geographic level and by source organisation. This is a useful way to search collections relevant to specific areas of interest.
OTHER DIRECTORIES, CLASSIFICATIONS AND MANUALS
Family, household and income unit classifications and standards
Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005 (cat. no. 1286.0) gives the broad purpose of these standards to support a statistical picture of the structures of families in society, so that debates related to social policy and social support can draw on objective evidence about families, taken from a range of statistical sources. The standards aim to achieve this by providing standard definitions of concepts, methods of data collection, derivation procedures and output formats, for use in all relevant ABS and external statistical collections. The standards are underpinned by a consistently defined concept of the family, which is sufficiently all embracing to inform such debate and sufficiently robust to be useful in a variety of statistical applications.
Directory of Child and Family Statistics
Directory of Child and Family Statistics, 2000 (cat. no. 4158.0) lists ABS data sources relating to families and children in Australia. It provides descriptive information on various data sources, data items available, frequency of collections, publications produced and any reliability/confidentiality provisions. It also contains information on ABS social reports which analyse these data.
Census Dictionary, 2006 (cat. no. 2901.0) is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist users of 2006 Census data to determine and specify their output requirements, and to develop a better understanding of the conceptual issues underlying the data.
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources & Methods
Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources & Methods, 2007 (cat. no. 6102.0.55.001) provides a comprehensive discussion and description of the concepts and definitions underpinning Australian labour statistics and the data sources and methods used in the collection and compilation of these statistics. It explains what the statistics measure, how the various measures relate to each other and how they are produced. It also discusses the factors influencing their accuracy and reliability.
Family and Community Related Concepts
This page first published 20 April 2006, last updated 22 April 2010