4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jan 2006  
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The following listing is a selection of ABS releases published since the previous edition of Age Matters in December 2005, which may be of particular interest to readers.

A complete listing of all ABS releases is available on the ABS Website - www.abs.gov.au.


1209.0.55.001 Information Paper: Draft Mesh Blocks, Australia
Mesh Blocks are a new micro level of statistical geography for Australia. They will, in future, replace Census Collection Districts (CDs) as the smallest unit of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). This first release of Mesh Block digital boundaries is a draft version on which comments are sought from expert users and key stakeholders.

1266.0 Australian Standard Classification of Religious Groups
Intended for use in coding census and survey data in all ABS publications and recommended for use by other government and non-government organisations.

Census of Population and Housing

2008.0 2006 Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content
Outlines the content of the 2006 Census of Population and Housing and the procedures to be followed in collecting, processing and releasing the data.


3101.0 Australian Demographic Statistics
Quarterly estimates of total population for states, territories and Australia. Includes the most recent estimates of the population in five-year age groups; numbers (and some rates) of births, deaths, infant deaths, interstate and overseas movements. Included are quarterly and/or annual time series tables. Also included are population projections and estimated resident households for states, territories and Australia.

Test Your Knowledge (answers)

  1. (c) 20.3 million
  2. (b) the same as world's growth rate
  3. (b) 52nd
  4. (b) False (there were 2.7 million Australians aged 65 years and over, which is fewer than the 4.0 million aged under 15 years)
  5. (d) South Australia with 488 centenarians, in South Australia's population of 1.5 million persons.
  6. There are more males than females in the age groups 0-29 years and 60-64 years. In all other cohorts there are more females than males.
  7. There are more Victorian and South Australian females aged 60-64 years than males in this age group, however as shown in the answer to Question 6, in all other states and for Australia in total, 60-64 year old males outnumber females in the same age group.

3107.0.55.004 Information Paper: Population Projections, Australia, New Format Time Series Spreadsheets
This information paper provides an outline of the format changes the ABS introduced in presenting time series data. Population Projections,Australia June 2004 to June 2101 (cat. no. 3222.0) was released on 29 November 2005. The spreadsheets are now presented in Excel format (.xls) in a revised presentation with time periods shown in the rows and data items in the columns. The paper also provides 'mock-ups' of the new file format.

3201.0.55.002 Information Paper: Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, New Format Time Series Spreadsheets
This Information Paper provides an outline of format changes made to the Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories (cat. no. 3201.0) and time series spreadsheets from 1971 to 2005. The paper also provides 'mock-ups' of the new file format.

3302.0 Deaths, Australia
Number of deaths classified by age, sex, birthplace, marital status, cause of death and usual residence of deceased by state or territory. The publication also provides information on infant deaths, deaths of Indigenous persons, age-specific death rates, expectation of life at birth and standardised death rates. Australian Life Tables are included.

3302.0.55.001 Life Tables, Australia, 2002-2004
A life table is a statistical model used to represent mortality of a population. In its simplest form, a life table is generated from age-specific death rates and the resulting values are used to measure mortality, survivorship and life expectancy for males and females.

3303.0.55.001 Causes of Death, Australia: Summary Tables
This publication provides summary data for registration year 2004 for selected underlying causes of death and multiple causes of death.

This publication contains preliminary summary statistics on specific causes of death which accounts for 93% of all deaths. Chapters XVIII Symptoms, signs and abnormal clinical and laboratory findings, not elsewhere classified and Chapter XX External causes of morbidity and mortality have been excluded from this preliminary issue, due to quality issues affecting processing of the data. Counts of specific causes detailed in Tables 1 and 2 are also subject to change, due to possible changes to cause of death codes. The extent of these amendments to the data is expected to be minimal.

Final results for 2004 will be available in Causes of Death Australia (cat. no. 3303.0) which is due for release 24 February 2006. This publication will contain the full standard set of tables including perinatal deaths and details on all Chapters of underlying causes of death and multiple causes of death.

Social Statistics

4442.0.55.001 Family Characteristics Survey, Australia, Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File
An Expanded Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) from the 2003 Family Characteristics Survey.

The survey collects statistics on the composition of families and households, especially characteristics of children such as age, sex and step relationships. Some of the issues covered in this publication include marital status, labour force status, parental income, and visiting arrangements for children with parents living elsewhere. Users are able to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data to their individual specifications.

Steps to confidentialise the dataset are taken to ensure integrity of data, optimise its content and maintain confidentiality of respondents. They include removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual, reducing the level of detail for some items and collapsing some categories.

The CURF includes metadata files and documentation to enable users to read the data into SAS or SPSS software. Users can then analyse the data using any method supported by SAS or SPSS, including cross tabulation and correlative analyses.

The Expanded CURF is only available through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and contains more variables and more detailed data for selected variables than the Basic CURF. An information paper explaining data content, technical details and conditions of use is available on the ABS web site and via the 'Information by' link on the RADL home page.

Labour Statistics and Prices

6105.0 Labour Market Statistics
This publication draws together data from a range of sources, mostly ABS household and business surveys, to provide an overall picture of the labour market. It contains tables of the most recent data available for regular data items.

The publication is also used to release annual data on Indigenous labour force status, and annual supplementary measures of labour underutilisation. It includes a range of feature articles, both analytical and technical, which will assist users in understanding and interpreting the data and will also promote the range of data available from the ABS labour statistics program.

The latest edition of Labour Market Statistics includes a feature article on Long Term Unemployment with some commentary on the older unemployed.

6222.0 Job Search Experience, Australia
Provides estimates of unemployed persons classified by difficulties in finding work, duration of current period of unemployment, active steps taken to find work, whether looking for full-time or part-time work, educational attainment, and the frequency of looking for work in the previous 12 months. Estimates can also be cross-classified by demographic information such as state, sex, age, marital status and country of birth.

Also provides estimates of employed persons who were formerly jobseekers but were now (as at the survey reference period) employed and were successful in securing that job in the previous 12 months. Estimates can also be cross-classified by demographic information such as state, sex, age, marital status and country of birth.

Secondary Industry and Distribution

8146.0 Household Use of Information Technology, Australia
Presents statistics on access to a computer and the Internet for Australian households covering the period 2004- 2005.

8146.3 Use of Information Technology by Households in Queensland
Presents an analysis of Queensland results from the Household Usage of Information Technology for the years 1998-2003. Tables contain selected characteristics such as age, sex, labour force status, major statistical regions, level of highest educational attainment, occupation and household income. Data items include computer usage, internet usage, expenditure on IT, home based businesses, selected technologies used by households, teleworking and e-commerce.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Products

8905.0 Australia's Welfare
Australia's Welfare is the most comprehensive and authoritative source of national information on welfare services in Australia. Topics include indicators of the welfare of Australia's population, ageing and aged care services, disability and disability services, assistance for housing, services for people experiencing homelessness, and welfare services expenditure and labour force. It also features an extended chapter on children, youth and families.

This publication is compiled and produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and is also available via the AIHW website - www.aihw.gov.au.