1395.0 - Essential Statistical Assets for Australia, 2013  
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Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975.

Accommodation type
The type of supported accommodation that is provided to a client, based on length of stay and level of service, as represented by a code.

Air sheds
An air shed is a part of the atmosphere that behaves in a coherent way with respect to the dispersion of emissions. It typically forms an analytical or management unit. Also: A geographic boundary for air quality standards.

The Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC) was established by the Australian Bureau of Statistics Act 1975 to be the key advisory body to the Minister and the ABS on statistical services. It provides valuable input to the directions and priorities of the ABS work program and reports annually to Parliament. All state and territory governments are represented on ASAC.

Data Custodian
The government body/bodies responsible for maintaining each existing dataset identified in the ESA for Australia list.

Data from which statistics are generated (Note – In the ESA for Australia list, these do not include source information that is used to produce collated datasets from which statistics are generated).

Forms part of the ESA for Australia organising framework and divides the pillars into further subjects (see figure 2 in the main body of the paper for the full list of dimensions).

Dimensions are not considered mutually exclusive, and it is possible that statistics may be used to inform multiple pillars and/or multiple dimensions.

A place where one maintains one’s primary residence for tax purposes.

Dwelling structure
Describes the structure of private dwellings, including: separate house; semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse; flat, unit or apartment; caravan, cabin, houseboat; improvised home, tent, sleepers-out; house or flat attached to a shop, office, etc.

Ecosystem region
A region of plant, animal and micro-organism communities and their non- living environment interacting as a functional unit.

Educational attainment
The highest level of education achieved by a person in relation to completed education.

Educational status
Describes a person’s participation status in a course of study at an educational institution including schools, higher education establishments, colleges of technical and further education, public and private colleges. Excluded are institutions whose primary role is not education, for example, hospitals.

Essential statistical assets
Essential statistical assets are defined as a set of official statistical assets that, due to their application and importance, should be given priority in order to provide a high quality and trusted statistical service. Recognising those statistics (and their datasets) considered to be most critical to Australia will help ensure their level of quality is maintained and enhanced over time.

Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA)
The GCCSAs represent the socioeconomic extent of each of the eight state and territory capital cities. This provides a stable and relevant geographic definition for the release of socioeconomic survey data collected only within capital cities as well as other survey data requiring large population output regions. Within each state and territory, the area not defined as being part of the greater capital city is represented by a rest of state region.

Hospital network
The boundaries for 137 Local Hospital Networks have been agreed to date across all states and territories. There are 124 geographically based networks and 13 state-wide networks which will deliver specialised hospital services across some jurisdictions.

The networks will help Australians by improving access to better coordinated health care and promoting more efficient use of resources and navigation between service providers and health services.

Boundaries were decided through consultation with the Prime Minister and state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers, as agreed under the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement.

Household composition
Describes the type of household within a dwelling. Household composition indicates how many families are in a dwelling and their relationship status.

Household type
A categorisation of households based on the principal source of household income, used primarily in the construction of analytical living cost indexes.

ID number
Each statistic has a random ID number allocated to support identification and discussion of specific statistics.

Indigenous region
Indigenous Regions (IREGs) are large geographical units loosely based on the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission boundaries. They are created by aggregating one or more Indigenous Areas (IAREs). The greater population of IREGs enables the highest level of granularity of attribute data through greater cross classification of variables compared with IAREs and Indigenous Locations (ILOCs). For the 2011 Census 57 IREGs are defined to cover the whole of geographic Australia. IREGs do not cross state/territory borders.

Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia
The Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia (IBRA) is a biogeographic regionalisation of Australia developed by the Australian Government’s Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. It was developed for use as a planning tool, for example for the establishment of a National Reserve System.

A short, concise statement that sets out how each statistic relates to the criteria.

Labour force status
Refers to whether a person is employed, unemployed or not in the labour force. The labour force consists of persons who contribute or are available to contribute to the production of goods and services falling within the System of National Accounts production boundary.

Lifecycle group
Refers to the period of life in which the primary residents of the household find themselves.

The date on which the principal amount of a note, draft, acceptance bond or other debt instrument becomes due and is repaid to the investor and interest payments stop. It is also the termination or due date on which an instalment loan must be paid in full.

Medicare local
There are 61 Medicare Local areas across Australia, which contain primary health care organisations established to coordinate primary health care delivery and identify local health care needs and service gaps.

Geographical division between capital city and the rest of state.

Mode of delivery
The manner in which a service is delivered. This includes physical “in person” or online.

Mode of transaction
Describes the mode by which a transaction takes place, including whether it was transacted in person, or via the internet.

National Statistical Service (NSS)
The National Statistical Service is the community of government agencies, led by the ABS as Australia’s national statistical organisation, building a rich statistical picture for a better informed Australia. It aims to develop and improve a statistical system that ensures providers and users of statistics have the confidence to trust the statistics produced within it.

Forms part of the ESA for Australia organising framework and includes the following: economy, environment and society.

Any pillar coloured purple indicates that it contains statistics that are relevant to multiple dimensions and pillars.

Measurement of repeated contact with the criminal justice system (e.g. Police as an offender).

Regional (NRM)
Natural Resource Management (NRM) is the long-term care and use of our soil, water and vegetation and the ecosystems they make up. This has to be done in a way that also supports the economic and social needs of the community.

The ASGC Remoteness Structure is one of the seven structures that compose the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC).

It is measured according to the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+), which is widely used within the Australian community and has become a recognised as a nationally consistent measure of geographic remoteness. ARIA+ is published as a 1 kilometre grid or matrix that covers the whole of Australia.

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4
These correspond to the different Statistical Areal Levels, as contained within the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

SA1 - Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) - 54,805 regions with populations in the range 200 - 800

SA2 - Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) - 2,214 regions with populations in the range 3,000 - 25,000

SA3 - Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3) - 351 regions with populations in the range 30,000 - 130,000

SA4 - Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4) - 106 regions with populations in the range 100,000 - 500,000

Statistical assets
Statistical assets are the statistics, as well as the datasets that they are drawn from (where they exist).