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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions about education and training statistics.

If you cannot find the answer to your question here, please contact the National Information and Referral Service.


    What datasets are suitable to use in the classroom?
    Specific ABS Datasets suitable for students are available through the dashboard on the Education services homepage under the heading, 'Data'. Alternatively, the complete range of ABS products are available via the Statistics page.

    For more information on statistics for teachers and students, visit the Education Services page.

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    Where can I find information about a career in statistics?
    Education Services has an online Careers page for students who wish to find out more about the opportunities offered by a career in statistics. This page includes an interactive ‘careers wheel’ showing the range and diversity of roles open to a graduate who has studied statistics.

    The Career Advisors page provides various resources for teachers to assist students interested in a statistical career. This page includes the ABS careers brochure Statistics … it all adds up, which is available as a hard copy or a downloadable PDF file.

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    Are all publications on the ABS website free?
    Yes, soft copies of all ABS publications are available for free on the ABS website.

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    How do I access ABS publications on the web?
    To access ABS publications, go to the Statistics page. This page lists the complete subject range of ABS data by catalogue number, release date, topic and title. Alternatively, you can use the main search function and enter key words for the publication.

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    How do I access ABS Microdata products?
    Clients can access Microdata through a number of ABS products. The latest product is Survey Table Builder, an online tool that allows the user to create tables and graphs from ABS survey data. Also available are Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs), which contain very detailed responses from ABS surveys while protecting the confidentiality of individuals. The Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), a query service that allows the user to interrogate CURF data and the ABS Data laboratory (ABSDL), a data analysis tool for high end users.

    To request access to ABS Microdata services call: 02 6252 7714 or email

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    Is there an easy way to find education and training related publications?
    The easiest way to find current and past education and training publications is to go to the Archive of Education and Training Publications where publications are categorised by educational theme and/or sector.

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    Can I still purchase hard copies of publications?
    All soft copies of ABS publications are available for free on the ABS website. Hard copy versions may be purchased through the National Information Referrals Service (NIRS). The ABS recognises that some clients prefer hard copies, particularly of ABS ‘flagship’ publications such as the ‘Year Book Australia’ and ‘Australian Social Trends’.

    For more information, contact National Information and Referral Service or please visit Help: FAQ's on purchasing.

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    How do I cite ABS sources?
    Information from the ABS must be acknowledged responsibly whenever it is used. Please visit Help: How to Cite ABS Sources for details.

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