4105.0 - Children and Youth News, Nov 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/11/2008   
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Welcome to the latest edition of Children and Youth News.

This newsletter provides information on a large range of statistical releases, developments and events relevant to children and youth. It also presents some recent findings on the mental health of young people, births in Australia as well as alcohol and drug use by young people.

I hope you enjoy Children and Youth News.

Graeme Thompson
Family and Community Statistics


2006 CDATA Online (cat. no. 2064.0) is an online tool which combines information on Australian society from the 2006 Census, with web graphing and mapping capability. CDATA Online allows you to create your own tables of Census data on a range of different topics such as - age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more. This free online product allows you to create tables, maps and graphs of Census characteristics for all ABS geographic areas.

The product is designed to provide clients with a high degree of freedom in selecting and combining the geographical areas most suited to their needs. You can access data for areas as small as a Collection District (approximately 225 households) or as large as an entire state or territory or all of Australia. CDATA Online allows you the freedom to select and combine areas that interest you by creating your own customised geographic areas.

With CDATA Online you are able to cross-tabulate chosen Census data variables to produce a table which can also be viewed as a graph or a thematic map. Predetermined basic tables are available for selection based on broad topics via a topic list. Once a table has been created it can be further customised by adding and removing data items and geographic areas, and by creating custom data groups. Graphs and maps created in CDATA Online can be downloaded in a variety of formats, while registered users can also save created tables within CDATA Online for future retrieval.

CURF Microdata News, Aug 2008 (cat. no. 1104.0) announced a number of developments designed to improve the CURF application process and to ease the administrative load on CURF Contact Officers and Responsible Officers. These developments include the CURF tool kits to be released on the website in September; on-line CURF application forms for release in November; and new simplified CURF Undertakings in preparation. You can find more about these developments on the website.

ABS is also developing a system which will streamline the CURF application process. This system will provide on-line application forms to replace the paper forms currently used to apply for access to CURFs. CURF Contact Officers will be able to manage existing registered CURFs, new CURF registrations and renewals from their desktop. If there is something you would like to see included in this system email your ideas through to


The Statistician’s Report A Picture Of The Nation: The Statistician's Report on the 2006 Census (cat. no. 2070.0) will be re-introduced for the 2006 Census and is a national
compendium publication containing key Census information relating to persons, families and households. Topics to be included with relevance to children and youth include: Families with young children: A Sydney case study; Living Arrangements of Children; and Caring. The Statistician’s Report is scheduled for release early in 2009.

2006 Census of Population and Housing logo


The ABS is currently compiling a Census thematic about Australia's Children and Youth. This publication will draw on data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing to provide an overview of the population aged 0–24 years. The use of Census data allows for a more detailed analysis of the population than is possible with survey data, such as the examination of characteristics for small geographic areas and small population groups.

Comparisons with data from previous Censuses will be included in the publication to show how characteristics and circumstances of children and youth have changed over time. Major themes covered by the publication include population characteristics, living arrangements, education, working life and transitions to independent living. The publication will also profile specific target populations such as children and youth who are Indigenous, live in remote areas, are culturally and linguistically diverse and those who have a core activity need for assistance.

Census of Population and Housing: Australia's Children and Youth, 2006 (cat. no. 2059.0.55.001) is scheduled for release in April 2009.