1318.3 - Qld Stats, Aug 2009  
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Childhood Education and Care, June 2008

Migration, Australia, 2007-08

Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, 2007-08

Warming to it: Australians are on their way to better measuring progress

Australian Standard Geographic Classification, July 2009

Update on ANZIC 2006 Implementation for Producer and International Trade Price Indexes, 2009

Information Paper: ANZIC 2006 Implementation in Retail Trade Statistics, July 2009

Revisions to International Standards in Quarterly Balance of Payments and International Investment Positions Statistics from September 2009

National Offence Index, 2009

Crime and Justice News, July 2009

Education News, July 2009

Indigenous Statistics for Schools

Tourism Newsletter, July 2009

ABS Budget outcomes Changes to the work program 09/10 and beyond

ABS Release Information

Queensland Theme Page


Three products relating to Childhood Education and Care, June 2008 were released 29 July 2009. This survey collected statistics on children aged 0-12 years and their families. Information was collected about the use of formal and informal care, requirements for additional preschool/kindergarten or formal care, patterns of child care attendance, child care costs, the use of the child care benefit, working arrangements used by parents to help care for their children and parental income. The survey presents characteristics of children aged 0-8 years in their early learning years through the collection of information about their formal and informal learning activities and the environments in which these activities take place. Information was also collected about patterns of attendance at preschool/kindergarten and school, including historical and usual attendance, and frequency of attendance.

Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2008 (cat. no. 4402.0) presents information on children aged 0-12 years and their families.

Some selected results for Queensland include:

  • In June 2008, of all Queensland children aged 0-12 years, parents reported that 303,000 (42%) usually attended some type of child care.
  • Of the 303,000 children who received child care, 141,000 (47%) were in formal care only, 124,000 (41%) in informal care only and 38,000 (13%) were in both formal and informal care.
  • Of the 179,000 children who received some formal care, 56% were in long day care and 33% in before and/or after school care.
  • Of the 162,000 children in informal care, grandparents (66%) were the most common providers.
  • Of the 26,000 children aged 3-6 years who usually attended a preschool, 58% attended for 15 or more hours per week and 38% for 10-14 hours per week. Over a quarter (27%) of children usually attending preschool had a cost of $60 or more per week and 58% had costs between $20 and $59.

Microdata: Childhood Education and Care, Expanded CURF, Australia, June 2008 (cat. no. 4402.0.55.001) includes metadata files and documentation to enable users to read the data into SAS or SPSS software. Users are able to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data to their individual specifications.

The CURF is available only through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL). For more information, see CURF Microdata Entry Page.

Childhood Education and Care, Expanded CURF, Australia, Technical Manual, June 2008 (cat. no. 4402.0.55.002) provides information about the data available from the 2008 Childhood Education and Care Survey in the form of a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). The paper explains data content, technical details and conditions of use.


Migration, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 3412.0) was released 28 July 2009. This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, interstate migration within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia. Australia's migration is described in the context of the Government's migration program and in comparison with international migration experienced by other countries.

Some selected results for Queensland include:
  • In 2007-08, net overseas migration accounted for 42% of Queensland's population increase. Net interstate migration contributed 24% and the remaining 34% was made up of natural increase (excess of births over deaths).
  • In 2007-08, Queensland had 87,200 overseas arrivals and 46,000 overseas departures.
  • At 30 June 2006, around one in five (20%) of usual residents of Queensland were born overseas. Of the 805,900 persons born overseas, 27% were born in the United Kingdom and a further 21% in New Zealand.
  • In 2007-08, there were 100,600 interstate arrivals in Queensland of which 50% were from New South Wales.
  • In 2007-08, there were 77,500 interstate departures from Queensland of which 46% were to New South Wales.


Value of Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 7503.0) was released 29 July 2009. This publication contains final estimates of gross and local values of production of major agricultural commodities for all states, territories and Australia for the year ended 30 June 2008. In addition gross value of production data are provided for selected broadacre, fruit (including grapes) and vegetable crops, livestock slaughterings and other disposals, and livestock products.

Some selected results for Queensland in 2007-08 include:
  • The gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Queensland was $9,195 million. This represented 21% of the national gross value.
  • Crops accounted for 52% of the gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Queensland, livestock slaughterings and other disposals 43% and livestock products 5.0%.
  • Marketing costs accounted for $811 million (8.8%) of the total gross value of agricultural commodities produced in Queensland.
  • Crops had a gross value of $4,800 million in 2007-08. Fruit and nuts (excluding grapes) accounted for 22%, vegetables 21% and sugar cane for crushing 17%.
  • Livestock slaughterings and other disposals had a gross value of $3,935 million. Cattle and calves accounted for 84%, poultry 8.0% and pigs 5.9%.
  • Livestock products had a gross value of $459 million. Whole milk accounted for 55%, eggs 23% and wool 22%.

At a sunny 24 degrees, Brisbane provided the perfect temperature to warm up discussions for over 170 invited government staff, academics and community workers from around Australia at the Community Indicators Summit 09 held on 22-23 July. The Summit is one of hundreds of initiatives being held around the world on measuring progress and well-being at international, national and sub-national levels. The Australian Bureau of Statistics ground-breaking Measures of Australia's Progress publication and a number of community indicator information platforms were show-cased during the Summit.

Queensland was well represented by both delegates and speakers. Queensland Department of Communities, Assistant Director-General, Michael Hogan opened the discussion, setting the context for a broad and timely discussion on community indicators. Dr Peter Crossman, Assistant Under Treasurer and Government Statistician, Office of Economic and Statistical Research, reminded us that community indicators must have purpose, relevance and be appropriately used. Following this introduction, Mark Francis, Queensland Department of Communities, Professor Yvonne Cadet-James, James Cook University, Queensland, Associate Professor Geoff Woolcock, Griffith University and Rick Williams, Department of Communities, State Frameworks, gave their perspective and shared their experiences.

Outcomes of the Summit, including a Summit Declaration prepared by delegates during the two days will be presented as part of Australia's contribution to the 3rd OECD World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy to be held in Busan, Korea during October 2009.

The final declaration and video presentations from the Summit will be available on the NSS website shortly. See Community Indicators Summit www.nss.gov.au/communityindicators09 for more details.

If you would like more information on the Summit please email inquiries@nss.gov.au


Three products relating to the Australian Standard Geographic Classification, July 2009 were released 16 July 2009. The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) is a hierarchical classification system of geographical areas and consists of a number of interrelated structures. It provides a common framework of statistical geography and enables the production of statistics which are comparable.

The ASGC 2009 has a date of effect of 1 July 2009.

Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) - Electronic Structures, 01 July 2009 (cat. no. 1216.0.15.001) contains four comma delimited text files showing the levels and hierarchy of those ASGC structures current for the edition: the Main Structure, the Statistical Region Structure, the Statistical District Structure and the Local Government Area Structure.

Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) Correspondences, July 2009 (cat. no. 1216.0.15.002) contains four separate correspondence files (previously known as concordance files). These are comma delimited text files. Metadata information that shows the file formats are also included.

Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) Digital Boundaries (Intercensal), Australia, July 2009 (cat. no. 1259.0.30.001) contains the digital boundaries current for the ASGC Edition 2009 (date of effect 1 July 2009). The digital boundaries are presented in MapInfo Interchange Format and ESRI Shapefile Format, and are based on the datum GDA94.

The ABS intends to replace the current ASGC with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) through an implementation strategy commencing in 2011.

The ASGS will be based upon mesh blocks creating more stable and consistent units than the ASGC. It will be the new basis for the publication of the complete range of ABS spatial statistics. The ASGS will become the essential reference for understanding and interpreting the geographical context of ABS statistics. The ABS anticipates that it will be widely adopted outside the ABS to facilitate the cross comparison of spatial statistics.

For further information please refer to Information Paper: Outcome from the Review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification, 2008 (cat. no. 1216.0.55.002).


Update on ANZIC 2006 Implementation for Producer and International Trade Price Indexes, 2009 (cat. no. 6427.0.55.002) was released 17 July 2009. This paper provides information about the implementation of the new Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 2006), in the Producer Price Indexes and the International Trade Price Indexes. This information paper is complementary to more general information papers, cat. no. 1295.0 and cat. no.1295.0.55.001, which outlined plans for the release and adoption of ANZSIC 2006 across a range of statistics produced by the ABS.

The Producer and International Trade Price Indexes will be presented using the ANZSIC 2006 classification from the September quarter 2009 releases (26 October and 23 October 2009 respectively).


Information Paper: ANZIC 2006 Implementation in Retail Trade Statistics, July 2009, July 2009 (cat. no. 8501.0.55.006) was released 3 August 2009 and summarises changes to Retail Trade statistics as a result of the implementation of a revised industry classification the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC) 2006. The paper advises the timing of the proposed changes, how historical series will be maintained, provides access to a mock up of the proposed publication and the spreadsheets that will be available from the ABS website. Also available is a concordance between the current and new time series identifiers.


Revisions to international standards in quarterly Balance of Payments and International Investment Positions statistics from September 2009, 2009 (cat. no. 5302.0.55.002) was released 22 July 2009. International standards for the compilation and dissemination of Balance of Payments and International Investment Position statistics have been revised. This information paper describes the changes to the international standards and the impacts on statistics as presented in Balance of Payments and International Investment Position, Australia (cat. no. 5302.0). The paper advises the timing of the proposed changes and provides access to mock-ups of the proposed publications and the related spreadsheets that will be available from the ABS website.


National Offence Index, 2009 (cat. no. 1234.0.55.001) was released 23 July 2009. The National Offence Index (NOI) is a tool which provides an ordinal ranking of the offence categories in the Australian Standard Offence Classification (ASOC) according to perceived seriousness in order to determine a principal offence for an offender with multiple offences. The NOI has been revised in 2009 and is to be used in conjunction with the second edition of ASOC. This is the first time the NOI has been published in its own right.


Crime and Justice News, Jul 2009 (cat. no. 4500.0) was released 23 July 2009. Crime and Justice News is the annual newsletter of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics (NCCJS) at the ABS.

Crime and Justice News provides information on current and upcoming projects, snapshot data from recent NCCJS publications, and information about current issues in the crime and justice sector.

Interested readers are also invited to visit the Crime and Justice theme page on the ABS web site for information on the above, links to crime and justice publications and resources, and further details about accessing and using crime and justice statistics.


Education News, July 2009 (cat. no. 1330.0) was released 27 July 2009. Education News keeps teachers and students up to date with ABS resources and data that is relevant to the school's sector. This newsletter highlights the latest curriculum related teaching resources, student activities and statistical tools that have been developed by ABS Education Services as well as other ABS resources that are useful for schools.


Statistics collected about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupy an important place in Australia's governance and development. As well as allowing the study and monitoring of developments and issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, statistical information provides agencies, organisations and individuals, with an important basis for their planning, policy and decision-making processes.

This new online resource introduces statistics about Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It includes explanations of statistical terms and provides background on some factors that impact on the collection, dissemination and interpretation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics.

The purpose of this resource is to:
  • Provide a single, easy to use source of statistics about Australia's Indigenous population for students and teachers.
  • Build skills and knowledge to use statistics critically and appropriately.

These pages include up to date statistics on the Indigenous population, education, health, housing, work and more. Links to the original on-line data sources are also provided for those who would like to delve deeper.

For more information about this new online service please use the following link Indigenous Statistics for Schools.


Tourism Newsletter, July 2009 (cat. no. 8602.0) was released 31 July 2009. This electronic newsletter reports on recent tourism industry related issues and updates, describes current ABS work related to tourism statistics, and contains information about recent and upcoming ABS publications. This edition also includes a brief overview of tourism consumption data.


At the end of 2008, the Department of Finance and Deregulation, the Treasury and the ABS, undertook a review of the ABS's base funding in response to the reductions made in the ABS Work Program in 2008-09 to remain within our appropriation and the projected deficits the ABS was facing in the out-years. As a result of the review, the Government has announced in the Federal Budget that the ABS will receive an additional $15 million annually in Government appropriation. For further information please refer to this link ABS Budget outcomes.


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website provides the expected release details for all statistical products due for publication in the coming six months.

The web page 'Release Advice for ABS Publications for the Next Six Months' is revised on the ABS website at the beginning of each month. This six-month forecasting is intended to keep clients informed about products and when they will become available.

All ABS core statistical and other statistical publications that usually have a catalogue number will be detailed as well as prominent non-statistical publications such as the ABS Annual Report and Australian Statistics Advisory Council Annual Report.

For further information please access the following link Release Advice for ABS Publications for the Next Six Months.

Information on all ABS product releases can also be accessed from ABS Release Advice. This web page also provides links to Previous Releases, Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months and Main Economic Indicator Releases.


The Queensland theme page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.