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Social statistics provide information about people's living conditions and social arrangements, monitor progress towards social goals, and inform the decisions of governments, community groups, organisations and individuals as they work to create better conditions of life. A variety of data is potentially available concerning areas of concern to the community, such as health, education, personal income and crime.
A few meaningful indicators, that bring out the main features of a social issue, can provide a useful summary of a large mass of information. Such social indicators can give a quick, uncomplicated overview of social conditions, monitor changes over time of important social issues, and are valuable in focusing public discussion and informing government decision making.
Data on many social topics is to be found within ABS publications, listed within the ABS Catalogue of Publications (cat. no. 1101.0). Many of these publications present information on each State, and further data may be available on request.
Researchers and users of data are also encouraged to refer to relevant topics relating to ABS Statistical concepts and classifications within the ABS Statistical Concepts Library and for reference material on ABS statistical collections, the Directory of Statistical Sources.
The documents within this section of Queensland in Review aim to present a selected range of social statistics. They are certainly not comprehensive of all social issues, nor all the available data concerning the people of Queensland.
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