ABS portal promises better access, bigger range of childrens statistics (Media Release)

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Media Release
October 8, 2007
Embargoed 11.30 am (AEST)
ABS portal promises better access, bigger range of childrens statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today unveiled the Children and Youth Statistical Portal - an online service that improves access to statistical information about Australia's children.

The portal is available from the ABS home page.

The Children and Youth portal is both a source of information and a collaborative forum for researchers. It includes information from the ABS as well as other government and private sector sources.

Other agencies contributing to the Children and Youth Portal include the Health Insurance Commission, the Australian Drug Foundation, Australian Transport Safety Bureau, Institute of Criminology, the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research.

The portal is a pilot project for the National Data Network (NDN) - an online research and collaboration tool developed by an ABS led consortium of federal government, state bodies and research organisations.

The NDN aims to improve the accessibility and use of all Australian statistics - the Children and Youth Portal is just one of a number of similar, topic based portals planned under the NDN.

"We want statistics to be widely available, and for Australians to be able to use or benefit from, their use," said Steve Matheson, Branch Head, National Statistical Service Leadership Branch, "and we encourage people to try the portal and work with us to help decide its future direction".

The Children and Youth statistical portal is accessible from: http://portals.nationaldatanetwork.org/childrenandyouth