1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Mar 2011  
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Venue: ABS Victorian Office, Level 5 South Tower, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.

Time: Full day courses generally run from 9:00am to 4:30pm.

What statistical training courses are available at ABS Victoria?

Analysing Survey Data Made Simple
Turning Data Into Information
Running Your Own Survey
Principles of Questionnaire Design
Making Quality Informed Decisions
Valuing Australia's Environment
Introduction to Labour Statistics
Understanding Demographic Data
Using ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE


The following courses will be running in the Victorian office for the rest of the financial year:

Introduction to Labour Statistics - 19 April ($450)
This 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.

Running Your Own Survey - 4-5 May ($750)
This course aims to provide a broad overview of all facets of survey development. Topics include developing survey objectives, advantages and disadvantages of various collection methodologies, questionnaire design, data processing, reporting of results and management of the design process.

Analysing Survey Data Made Simple - 17-18 May ($750)
This computer based course develops practical skills in summarising and displaying survey data in graphical and tabular form. It provides the tools for finding simple relationships in survey data and testing for statistically significant differences in past and current survey results.

Using ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE - 24 May, 9am - 12:30pm ($300)
The ABS web site has large datasets that can be downloaded for free. 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.
* Please note the new date for this course (previously scheduled for 10 May).

Understanding Demographic Data - 26 May ($450)
This one-day course introduces participants to demographic data in an international and Australian context. Participants will explore the components of population change (births, deaths, migration) and understand population estimates at the national, state and small area level. At the completion of this course participants will:
    have an understanding of demographic concepts and current issues,
    understand the basic methods of analysing demographic data; and
    be able to access appropriate demographic data on the ABS website.
This course is designed for people who use and/or need to understand demographic data to formulate policies and programs.

Principles of Questionnaire Design - 1-2 June ($750)
A well designed questionnaire is vital for collecting high quality data. This course aims 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 Information - 8-9 June ($750)
This 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.

Valuing Australia’s Environment - 16 June ($450)
A course focusing on the emerging discipline of environmental accounting. The course covers reasons for, and conceptual underpinnings of, environmental accounting as framed by the United Nations’ “System of Integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting” (SEEA). It also covers practical issues associated with producing these accounts and presents some case studies, both within Australia and internationally. The course would be of interest to people requiring an overview of environmental statistics and their use and/or working in the field of environmental accounting or national accounts.

Making Quality Informed Decisions - 28 June ($450)
This course introduces the concept of 'holistic quality' through the use of a data quality framework for a statistical collection. The framework ensures that users of statistics are able to assess whether the statistics are fit for their intended use. This course aims to provide a framework to evaluate the quality of available data sources and use this knowledge in the decision-making process.

For further information on ABS statistical training go to the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Select 'Services' then ABS Training. Course descriptions are available on the ABS Training: Course Profiles page, and registration forms can be downloaded from the ABS Training: Registration and Contacts page. Additional sessions may be scheduled according to demand.

For courses listed above, Esther Cramer (03 9615 7904) is ABS Victoria's training contact, or email queries/registrations to <victoria.statistics@abs.gov.au>.

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