1504.0 - Methodological News, Mar 2005  
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Methodology Division (MD) produces Australian Economic Indicators (AEI) every month. This publication has the role of a reference document and presents a statistical summary of recent developments in the Australian Economy, including tables, charts, commentaries, short articles and occasional technical notes.

The aim of the AEI is to assist users understand the Australian Economy, inform them of emerging issues and developments in the economy, and assist them in assessing current economic conditions.

The AEI is being reviewed in order to provide a more up to date and useful format to users. A survey is currently being put together for users, previous users and potential users to determine what the advantages of our publication are over others and how it can be improved. Research is also currently underway on other popular publications and how they present their data and analysis, both in Australia and Internationally. These include economic publications by the Reserve Bank of Australia, Treasury, Department of Parliamentary Library, Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development and Stats Canada, which will all be valuable in creating a successful new AEI.

The layout of AEI is also being reviewed to enable data and analysis to be presented in a more informative and user friendly format. In addition, the format of release of the AEI on the ABS website is also being looked into (we may produce the monthly publication as an HTML document rather than a print publication and PDF file). The AEI publication is expected to undergo substantial improvements in format, economic interpretation and access to the public domain.

For further information, please contact, Sarah Dexter on (02) 6252 7246

Email: sarah.dexter@abs.gov.au