ABS makes it easy to access data for regions (Media Release)

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4 July 2014
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

ABS makes it easy to access data for regions

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released Data by Region to provide easy access to ABS statistics on geographical regions within Australia. Data by Region is the first geo-navigator of its kind to be released by the ABS.

Data by Region allows users to choose a region in Australia and find data for that region, either through browse, search or a map interface. Data by Region provides an efficient single interface for users to find and use geospatially enabled data published by the ABS. Data are available on topics including population, births, average income levels, number of businesses, number of motor vehicles, land use and much more.

ABS Director of Web Publishing, Todd Sweeting said, “With Data by Region, the ABS has taken a step towards developing a single map-based navigator for finding any ABS data.”

Mr Sweeting further added, “In this first phase, the navigator will surface data that was previously available in the National Regional Profiles and people will be able to search, browse or explore the regions within Australia to find statistics about them.”

Data by Region presents key statistical summaries about selected regions. In this release, the National Regional Profile provides data over a five year period up to 2012, so people can track changes in their region, over time.

“Our aim is to eventually enable users to find more data on any region within Australia, by migrating other online map-based data published by the ABS to this one tool,” said Mr Sweeting.

The first release of data in Data by Region is the National Regional Profile (NRP) 2008 – 2012. The NRP presents a range of data for regions. Data are available for Local Government Areas, new Australian Statistical Geography Standard regions (Statistical Areas 2, 3 and 4, and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas) and State/Territory.

Find data on a region of your interest by visiting www.abs.gov.au/databyregion

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