Help: How can I view the full range of ABS products?


Clicking on the Statistics link from anywhere on the ABS web site will take you to the Statistics main page where you can access the complete range of ABS products.

From the Statistics main page, you can browse and download vast amounts of data in the form of publications, tables, time series spreadsheets, data cubes, information papers and media releases which make up the individual components of an ABS product.

New and updated releases of ABS products are made each working day after 11.30 am (AEST).

Figure 1: The Statistics link on the horizontal menu bar is available on every page on the ABS web site.


You can choose from any of the 6 views to find ABS products from the Statistics main page.

Figure 2: Shows the Statistics main page with the different views available to access ABS products

Statistics by Catalogue Number

Allows you to find statistics using the ABS Catalogue Numbering System. Every ABS product is identified by a unique Catalogue number. This view helps you to navigate to ABS products based on subject categories.

Figure 3: Image shows the Catalogue view of ABS products based on subject categories

Statistics by Release Date

A quick way to keep up-to-date with new releases of ABS products, or if you know when a product was released. This view allows you to find all the previous, current and future ABS products by Release Date.

Statistics by Topic

A useful discovery tool, allowing you to browse by Topic. Drill down from 5 broad subject groups to specific topics within each. The 5 broad Topics Groups are; Economy, Environment and Energy, Industry, Methods, Population/People, Research and Methodology.

Figure 4: Shows ABS statistics by Topic

Statistics by Title

You can locate any of the ABS products by its title. This view has an alphabetical navigation list displayed at top of page, e.g. 0 to 9 and A to Z.

Each alphabet links to a corresponding section that will list all the products whose title begins with that alphabet. You will find this view useful if you know the title or the first few words of the title of a product.

Figure 5: Shows ABS products organised in alphabetical order

Statistics Filter
The Statistics Filter provides a way of dynamically searching and sorting the ABS catalogue of publications.

General Tips
Some tips for using the filters effectively include:

    • You can select one or more filters at a time.
    • You need to use the 'Go' button after you set your filters.
    • To start a new search, remember to use the 'Reset' button.

Figure 6: Shows the Statistics Filter

Keyword or Catalogue Number
The keyword or catalogue number filter allows you to focus your results on keywords or ABS catalogue numbers. This filter will look for related information in product titles, 'About this release' content and catalogue numbers.

    Some tips for using this filter:
    • Enter less than 30 characters.
    • Choose your keywords wisely - select descriptive and specific words.
    • If you don't get the results you are looking for, try more general keywords.
    • Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
    • If you enter more than one word e.g. labour force this will search for any product that contains labour OR force.
    • Keep in mind that the order in which the terms are typed will affect the results.

Title Filter
The title filter is useful if you know all or part of the title of an ABS product. By choosing a letter from the dropdown menu, this will change the results to only show product with a title that begins with the selected letter.

Try using the title option in combination with another filter e.g. type consumer price index into the keyword search box, then select title option 'C'. This will reduce the number of results returned and make it easier to find the 'consumer price index, Australia' product.
    Topic Filter
    The topic option allows you to refine results using the ABS topics framework.

    The first drop down list contains 5 broad subject groups including:
      • Economy
      • Environment and Energy
      • Industry
      • Population/People
      • Research and Methodology
      • Statistical Classifications and Standards

    You can filter on these broad groups or refine results further and go down to more specific topics by selecting from the second or third drop down lists.

    Released Filter
    The released filter is useful if you only want to see products released recently e.g. in the last week, last month, last 3 months, last 6 months, or last 12 months.

    It is important to note that ABS products are released in different frequencies. For example, an ABS product could be released:
      • Monthly
      • Quarterly
      • Annually
      • Every five years - e.g. the Census of Population and Housing data
    Catalogue Filter
    The catalogue filter allows you to find statistics using the ABS Catalogue Numbering System. Every ABS product is identified by a unique Catalogue number. The first drop down list presents the first digit of the catalogue system and the second goes down to the second digit of the catalogue system. For example, if you are looking for a product with catalogue 6202.0 (i.e. Labour Force, Australia) you can select 6. Labour statistics and Prices from the first drop down list and 62. Labour force from the second drop down list.

    Product Type Filter
    The ABS releases a variety of different types of products. The default product type option is 'Statistical Product'. The following table gives a brief description of the products types available:
      Product TypeDescription
      ClassificationA set of defined groupings or categories - based on common relationships - into which all members of statistical units can be divided or arranged.
      CURFA Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) is a file of responses to an ABS survey that has had specific identifying information about a person or organisation confidentialised. Each person’s or organisation's response is called a ‘unit record’ or ‘microdata’.
      DirectoriesDirectories and guides provide details on important sources of published and unpublished information related to a specific topic and often include technical details about content and use of the information.
      Directory of Statistical SourcesThe Australian Bureau of Statistics Directory of Statistical Sources has been developed to assist data users to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections.
      Discussion PaperDiscussion papers serve to:
      • inform users about proposed Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) statistical developments
      • seek user input into those proposed developments for ABS decision making.
      Feature ArticleA feature article is a means of presenting and highlighting comment on, or analysis of, a particular statistical topic.
      Information PaperInformation papers serve to:
      • inform the public about initiatives or changes effecting the understanding and use of statistics and/or
      • present the outcomes of user consultation about an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) initiative.
      Media ReleaseA short, attention-getting and topical presentation of the most significant features of an ABS undertaking likely to be of most interest to media editors, and through them, to the public at large.
      NewsletterNewsletters are Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) marketing and information dissemination tools promoting or responding to community interest in ABS topics, products, services and/or activities.
      Research PaperResearch papers are used to release statistical and/or related information not necessarily representing an official Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) position. These include conference papers, papers published in journals by ABS officers, or papers prepared by ABS research fellows where it is deemed appropriate to further release as an ABS publication.
      Statistical ProductStatistical publications are released in the public interest irrespective of commercial consideration. These publications contain statistics and/or the analysis of statistics, are issued under authority of the Australian Statistician and are subject to embargo.
    Date Range filter
    The date range field is very useful if you are searching for products released to the ABS website during a certain period of time. For example, if you wanted all products released in 2008 you could enter 2008 in the first field and 2008 in the last field.

    Tips for searching by date range:
      • The format you can enter in the fields are: yyyy (e.g. 2008) or mm/yyyy (e.g. 11/2008) or dd/mm/yyyy (e.g. 12/03/2008).
      • mm/yyyy works, d/mm/yyyy does not and neither does dd/m/yyyy
      • You don't need to enter a date range, you could just enter a year into the first field.
      • If you only enter a date into the first field e.g. 2003, this will all return products released after 2003 (i.e. up until the today's date).
      • If you only enter a date into the second field e.g. 1997, this will return all products released before 1997.
    Sorting your results
    As a default, results will be sorted by release date with the most recently released products at the top, the exception being title searches will be sorted alphabetically.

    If you want your results sorted in a different way, you can sort by catalogue number, title or release date - in ascending or descending order - by clicking on the sorting icons in the column headers.
    Screenshot showing sorting icons circled in red

    CURF by Catalogue Number
    Allows you to find Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) and associated publications using the ABS Catalogue Numbering System. Every ABS product is identified by a unique Catalogue number. This view helps you to navigate to ABS CURF products based on subject categories.

    Figure 7: Shows ABS CURFs by Catalogue Number