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Using gender statistics

Guide to using gender statisticsAvailability of gender statistics
Key data sources
Data limitations
Methods, classifications, concepts and standards
Guide to understanding statistical language
ABS Data Quality Framework
Guide to finding your way around statistical releases

Availability of gender statistics

Gender is a variable which is included in most ABS population-based surveys. It is also available from a number of administrative datasets that are used in compiling other ABS data. As a result, a wide range of gender-disaggregated data are available from the ABS. All statistics within the ABS website, including the Gender Topics @ a Glance page, can be accessed and downloaded free of charge. The Data sources and Articles pages provide a summary of selected ABS data sources and outputs that are likely to be of general interest to researchers in the field of gender. More detailed unpublished data may also be available on request via the contact details provided on our Contacts page.

Key data sources

The Census of Population and Housing and ABS demographic data provide benchmark information on population numbers, distribution and characteristics. Other ABS datasets contain gender-disaggregated information on issues of interest such as: the labour force, education and training, time use, crime and safety, health and wellbeing, sport and recreation, economic wellbeing, disability, ageing, and carers. For information regarding these and other relevant data refer to the Data sources page.

Data limitations

A number of statistical sources exist through which individuals, the community and governments come to understand gender. 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.

Methods, classifications, concepts and standards

Methods, Standards and Classifications contains information on ABS classifications, concepts, sources, methods and statistical frameworks.

Guide to understanding statistical language

Statistical Language! (cat. no. 1332.0.55.002) is an educational resource designed to help people understand statistical concepts and build the statistical literacy skills needed to:
  • understand key statistical terminology
  • interpret summarised information
  • make critical and informed use of data, whatever its source.

ABS Data Quality Framework

ABS Data Quality Framework (cat. no. 1520.0) provides the standards for assessing and reporting on the quality of statistical information. This framework is designed for use by a range of data users and providers in different settings, including government agencies, statistical agencies and independent research agencies. It is a tool which improves a user's ability to:
  • decide whether a dataset or statistical product is fit for purpose
  • assess the data quality of seemingly similar collections
  • interpret data.

Guide to finding your way around statistical releases

ABS statistics products are arranged in a series of tabbed pages:
  • Summary
  • Downloads
  • Explanatory Notes
  • Related Information
  • Past and Future Releases.
These five tabbed pages are described below.

The Summary tab is the first page a user is linked to. It may include information under headings such as a Summary of Findings or Main Features. This material summarises the main findings of the publication, including key figures, tables and graphs. Some sex-disaggregated data may be summarised on this tab.

The Downloads tab provides links to various components of the statistical release, such as publications, spreadsheets and data cubes. All products can be downloaded free of charge. To access sex-disaggregated data, simply download the spreadsheets and/ or data cubes provided.

The Explanatory Notes tab brings together information to help you better understand and make best use of the data. This tab may include general, explanatory and technical notes, list of abbreviations used, glossary and information on the data source.

The Related Information tab lists other related ABS products that could meet your requirements. In some cases, this tab can be used to find state and territory level data.

The Past and Future Releases tab provides access to past editions of the product and, in some cases, details of when future editions will be published.

General Social Survey: Summary Results, Australia (cat. no. 4159.0) is an example of an ABS statistics product.

The First Visit and Help Index pages may also assist you to navigate the ABS website.

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