1504.0 - Methodological News, Sep/Dec 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2006   
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Changes to Australian Economic Indicators Publication

Australian Economic Indicators (AEI cat. no. 1350.0) is one of the flagship publications of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and has recently changed its publication system. AEI had been published in Ventura for many years but has now moved to the ABS standard publishing package (PPW). The first edition published in PPW was the September 2006 issue, which was released on 31 August. In the new PPW format tables are now more spread-out with more white space and in tables both the annual and sub-annual data only shows three annual figures.

The change is the culmination of many months of work, with a new version of PPW being released early in 2006 specifically to handle the complexities of AEI, which is a large multi-subject publication that covers a range of data from all of the ABS major economic and labour force publications.

The change in publication system has made it easier to access AEI via the web. The webpage for AEI has also been updated, showing abbreviations, explanatory notes and also include a link to a new product which is a glossary of all terms used in AEI feature articles and tables. Future editions will include hyperlinks and mouse-over-text which will enable users to access the relevant definition as they view AEI.

The AEI tables are currently being reviewed and in the future AEI will have improved data visualisation on the web allowing users to look at broad level data or to data mine it more deeply. Future issues will have the ability for web users to access the ABS data cube of full length time series for all tables.

For further information please contact Jo Jackson on (02) 6252 6114

Email: jo.jackson@abs.gov.au