1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Dec 2009  
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Understanding Statistics

ABS has recently launched a suite of 'Understanding Statistics' ' webpages on the ABS website. These webpages consist of a range of fact sheets, information guides, video tutorials, presentations and online courses to help you:

    • find the statistics you're looking for
    • understand statistical concepts and processes
    • analyse, interpret and evaluate statistical information
    • communicate statistical findings with tables and graphs

Refer to the Introduction to Statistics Online Course for a comprehensive overview of statistics. Or have a look at our Online Video Tutorials and Online Presentations to find out about specific topics of interest. ABS also offers face to face training courses on a range of topics to develop skills for high quality statistical collections and statistical analysis.

Household Income and Expenditure Survey

Following the budget night announcement of additional funds for a new Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index, ABS went into the field in September 2009 with an additional 3,000 pensioner household top-up sample for the Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES). The additional sample will deliver a very rich micro dataset for researching the income, expenditure and wealth of pensioners and beneficiaries. Expected release of products from HIES is July 2011. Contact Rajni Madan (02 6252 7457).

Measures of Australia's Progress

Measures of Australia’s Progress (MAP) is a statistical product used to inform across the dimensions of people, environment and economy. ABS is further developing MAP through a review of its framework and indicators. A new look MAP is expected to be released in October 2010 to coincide with the NatStats 2010 Conference. Contact Tracey Chester (02 6252 5609).

2011 Census

The 2011 Census of Population and Housing will be held on Tuesday, 9 August, 2011, and will be the sixteenth national Census held in Australia. It will mark 100 years of national Censuses in Australia, after the first national Census held on 2/3 April, 1911.

In October 2009, ABS conducted focus groups with international tertiary students to explore their perceptions of Census and any barriers they face in participation. The results are currently being analysed and will be used to inform the Census public relations strategy and field procedures targeting this sub-population.

In November, ABS released an information paper outlining content of the 2011 Census, and procedures to be followed in collecting, processing and releasing data. 2008.0 Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, 2011. Released 20/11/2009

ABS is continuing to meet with government organisations to discuss specific issues around Census planning and enumeration. ABS Victoria has been gathering valuable intelligence through its schedule of Census engagement visits to local government authorities. Nearly two-thirds of Victorian councils have been visited in 2009. Information and contacts gathered will be used in operational planning of the Census Management Unit within ABS Victoria.

Want to help shape the 2011 Census Product Range?

A large part of our planning process involves designing Census products that will be available to users following the 2011 Census. ABS now invite you to help shape the 2011 product range. We have created a series of small on-line user surveys designed to allow feedback on 2006 Census products, as well as, comment on things you would like included in the 2011 products.

Each survey should only take a couple of minutes to complete. If you are able to assist us, please choose which Census product you would like to provide feedback on by clicking on its icon in the following webpage.

2009 State Supplementary Survey

Data collection for the 2009 State Supplementary Survey (SSS) on Household Water, Energy Use and Conservation occurred in October 2009 as part of the Monthly Population Survey enumeration. Victoria used the same survey vehicle as the SSS in Queensland. A similar survey was also conducted in Western Australia at the same time. Results will be released in state-specific publications in May 2010.

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey

Following the release of 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) findings in October 2009, presentations have been provided to Victorian Indigenous Coordination Centre networks, as well as to a workshop which brought together stakeholders working on Victoria's 10 year plan for Aboriginal Children and Young People. More NATSISS data will be released progressively throughout 2010 in the form of complete state and territory data cubes, a confidential unit record file, and topic based information packs with State and Remoteness splits. A series of analytical reports is also being planned.

Review of State and Regional Indicators, Victoria

ABS is now mid-way through a review of State and Regional Indicators Victoria (cat. no. 1367.2). Face-to-face consultations with a range of Victorian State Government stakeholders took place in late-2009. As part of the review strategy, ABS also launched an e-survey that enabled it to target Victorian users across the community and gain their feedback. Discussion and feedback from users has been extremely helpful, enabling a better understanding by ABS of potential users and uses of the publication. 'State and Regional Indicators, Victoria' contains Victorian data on a wide variety of subjects, with some data at LGA level.

Population pyramid enhancement

The animated population pyramid on ABS's website has been redeveloped. Watch how the age profile of Australia's population changes from 1971 to 2056, when you use the mouse to move the time axis across the chart. You can also select state populations.

NatStats 2010 conference: 15-17 September 2010 Darling Harbour, Sydney

ABS will be hosting the NatStats conference at Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour on 15-17 September, 2010.

NatStats 2010 will build on the enthusiasm generated by delegates at NatStats08 and aims to build stronger links with key stakeholders, strengthen the understanding of statistical issues within and across governments, and consolidate support for current and emerging statistical initiatives.

An exciting program is being developed to address a range of issues regarding national statistics. If you would like to hear more about NatStats 2010 Conference, or have any suggestions, please email natstats@nss.gov.au.

A Good Practice Guide to Sharing your Data with Others

The Good Practice Guide to Sharing your Data with Others has now been released on the National Statistical Service website. This guide provides a non-technical introduction to data sharing, and describes the key concepts and components of data sharing arrangements. Data sharing is the transfer of data between two or more parties, and can take many forms. Examples of data sharing include bringing together information from a range of data sources in community indicator frameworks such as Regional Spotlights and Community Indicators Victoria. The scope of the guide does not include data linking, where unit records from two or more datasets are brought together in a way that joins separate records belonging to the same person or business.

Waste Management Industry Survey 2009-10

ABS has recently undertaken user consultation to identify and prioritise data needs for a national Waste Management Industry Survey for 2009-10. ABS last surveyed the Waste Management Industry in 2002-03.

This survey will provide information on the Australian Waste Management (& Resource Recovery) industry at a time when there is increased focus on waste at a national level, including the recent announcement of a National Waste Policy to set a clear direction for Australia over the next 10 years. The survey will be sent to a sample of businesses and local governments across Australia in August 2010, and survey results will be available on ABS's website in late 2011.

For more information, contact Sarah Coleman on (02) 6252 7715.

The ABS invites comment on the review of the CPI

The ABS is currently undertaking a major review of the CPI. The ABS is seeking feedback from users of the CPI to inform the review and to involve users in the evolution of the CPI. An information paper: Issues to be considered during the 16th Series Australian Consumer Price Index Review (cat.no. 6468.0) is available at www.abs.gov.au.

Organisations and individuals are invited to comment on any aspect of the CPI review by providing a written submission or participating in a public forum. Submissions should be sent to cpi.review@abs.gov.au. Submissions are due 12 March 2010.

A public forum will be held in each capital city during February or March, 2010. ABS officers will explain the main issues being considered in the review and will answer questions. You will be invited to comment on aspects of the review.

The Melbourne public forum will be held at 10 am, Monday 22 February 2010. The forum will be held at:
ABS Office
Level 5, South tower
485 La Trobe Street
Melbourne, 3000

Dates and venues for other capital cities will be announced in press and at www.abs.gov.au. If you wish to attend a forum or have any other queries, please email the review team at cpi.review@abs.gov.au or contact Michael Abbondante on (02) 6252 7124.