1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Sep 2008  
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To assist in developing statistical expertise, the ABS can provide training courses to your staff. Our training programs are conducted by ABS staff with expertise in designing questionnaires, analysing data and managing the survey process. Courses can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your organisation, for example using South Australia-specific information.

The ABS also provides regular seminars and information sessions which may focus on statistical developments, publications, trends or issues. The following training is currently scheduled for the SA office in the coming months:

Accessing ABS Information – FREE Seminar
Date: 24/09/2008, 13/11/08, 25/11/08
Duration: 1.5 hours
Description: This seminar will increase participants' ability to access ABS information, including the wealth of free data available on the ABS website. It will also introduce participants to the range of ABS services and help available.
Who should attend: Suitable for a range of users, including government, business and library sectors.
Cost: Free

Basic Survey Design – Workshop
Date: 21/10/2008 - 22/10/2008
Duration: 2 days
Description: The aim of this course is to give a broad overview of all facets of survey development. The course covers developing survey objectives, advantages and disadvantages of various collection methodologies, questionnaire development, data processing and reporting of results.
Who should attend: People who will be involved in conducting a sample survey, or people who would like to gain a broad understanding of the issues associated with the survey process.
Cost: $750 (inc. GST)

Free Teacher Librarian Information Sessions – Hands-on Workshop
Date: 05/11/2008
Duration: 5 hours
Description: This free, hands-on internet workshop will demonstrate how to quickly access up-to-date information from the ABS website, for many subject areas and year levels. Participants will also discover the many online products and resources developed especially for teachers.
Who should attend: Teacher Librarians
Cost: Free

Turning Data into Information – Workshop
Date: 19/11/2008 - 20/11/2008
Duration: 2 days
Description: 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. Covered in the course are:
- Understanding the issue and planning
- Analysis tools and techniques
- Clearly presenting conclusions to an audience
Who should attend: People working with data who wish to extract relevant information and communicate that information to a variety of audiences, e.g. through written reports.
Cost: $750 (inc. GST)

Understanding Demographic Data – Workshop
Date: 4/12/2008
Duration: 1 day
Description: This course will provide participants with an understanding of the demographic data framework and the processes which shape the population and includes practical exercises in the analysis of demographic data.
Who should attend: People who use and/or need to understand demographic data.
Cost: $450 (inc. GST)

Further details of training courses and registration forms are on the ABS website (Select 'Services' and then 'ABS training'). Also on the website is information about other training courses that the ABS can present, courses that are scheduled in other states and territories, and on-line training courses. If you or your colleagues are interested in any courses that have not been scheduled in Adelaide, please contact the Statistical Consultancy Unit on 8237 7555. The ABS also offers the option of tailoring statistical training courses to meet the specific needs of groups of staff in individual agencies or divisions. Please contact us if you would like further information about the statistical training offered by the ABS.