1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Sept 2005  
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Information Paper: Determining Seats in the House of Representatives Legislative Requirements for Provision of ABS Statistics (ABS cat. no. 3107.0.55.002)
This information paper sets out the current requirements under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 and the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 in respect of ABS population statistics to be used for determining representation of the states and territories in the House of Representatives. The paper also summarises the actions that will be taken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics when responding to the Electoral Commissioner's formal request for data to be used for the next electoral determination due to be made in late 2005.

This information paper will be republished in Australian Demographic Statistics, March Quarter 2005 (cat. no. 3101.0) scheduled for release on 22 September 2005. This release will also contain the population estimates that will be provided to the Electoral Commissioner. Please note that the release will also include routine annual revisions to the components of population growth (being for 2003-2004) and hence Estimated Residential Populations for the quarters from September 2003 onwards.

Australian Social Trends 2005 (ABS cat. no. 4102.0)

This publication is the 12th edition of an annual series that presents information on contemporary social issues and areas of public policy concern. By drawing on a wide range of ABS statistics, and statistics from other official sources, Australian Social Trends describes aspects of Australian society, and how these are changing over time. It is designed to assist and encourage informed decision-making, and to be of value to a wide audience including those engaged in research, journalism, marketing, teaching and social policy, as well as anyone interested in how we live today and how we've changed over recent decades.

The material presented in Australian Social Trends 2005 is organised into nine chapters. As in previous editions, each of the first seven chapters represents a major area of social concern (i.e. population, family and community, health, education and training, work, economic resources, and housing), with an eighth chapter covering other areas of social concern (e.g. crime and justice, and the environment). The ninth chapter provides international comparisons for a number of these areas.

National Information Development Plan for Crime and Justice ( ABS cat. no. 4520.0)

The National Information Development Plan for Crime and Justice Statistics has been developed over a three year period of research, consultation and preparation. It identifies twelve priority areas for the development of statistics in this field.

The Plan is an agreement to collaboratively improve statistics in crime and justice. It has been approved by the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics' three Boards of Management, key external stakeholders, and the Australian Statistician. Activities aimed at developing priority areas in crime and justice statistics involve a number of lead agencies who have committed to work together to achieve agreed outcomes.

Many of these crime and justice priority areas overlap with other statistical fields, such as: progress and social wellbeing, Indigenous issues, children and youth, families and communities, internet use and electronic crime, health and mental health, substance use, gender, cultural diversity and spatial data.

For further information contact Terry Byrnes on (03) 9615 7681 or email: crime.justice@abs.gov.au

Population Projections, Australia 1999 - 2101( ABS cat. no. 3222.0)

Population Projections, Australia 1999 - 2101 contains projections (based on different assumptions of future fertility, mortality and migration) of the resident population of Australia, the states and territories, capital cities and balance of states, by 5 year age groups and sex, for selected years from 2004 to 2101 (for Australia) and 2004 to 2051 (for the states and territories, capital cities and balance of states).

This publication also includes summary measures such as percentage of population at selected ages and median ages, as well as detailed notes on the assumptions that were made.