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DEVELOPMENTS IN ABS STATISTICS
If you would like more information on this study, or if you would like to discuss the possibility of having an ABS officer outposted to your agency to help you address a high priority statistical need, please contact the ABS NT office, phone 08 8943 2105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRAFT INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN (IDP) FOR NOT–FOR–PROFIT SECTOR
The ABS recently released a Draft Information Development Plan (IDP) for the not–for–profit sector. The Information Paper: Non-Profit Institutions – A Draft Information Development Plan, Jul 2010 (cat. no. 5256.0.55.001) outlines the ABS response to a recent Productivity Commission report in which the Commission recommended that the ABS was best suited to draw up an IDP that addressed statistical information needs for the non–profit sector, a measurement framework, the availability of statistical information, and avenues of future data development.
The Draft IDP is intended to guide discussion of the statistical needs and priorities for the sector and also to draw attention to the statistical potential of information held in government administrative systems. Some of the findings in the Draft IDP include:
The Draft IDP suggests the following to improve information on non–profit institutions:
Stakeholders are invited to provide comments on the Draft IDP – please see the Information Paper for further details.
CENSUS AT SCHOOL 2010 DATA NOW AVAILABLE
The ABS CensusAtSchool project is a free online questionnaire and analysis resource for students in Years 4 to 12 in all Australian schools. More than 22,000 students took part in the voluntary 2010 CensusAtSchool questionnaire. The aim of the project is to spark students interest in statistics by making them part of the data and making them aware of the process by which the data was collected. Students have direct access to raw data samples which provide them with the flexibility to raise their own questions and initiate student–centred investigations. Raw analysis of the full dataset (which is used only for education purposes) indicates that pizza/pasta is still the favourite take–away food choice for students in Years 4 to 12 and that 40% of girls listen to pop as their favourite music while rap is the most popular choice for boys at 21%. If you are a teacher or have a child in Years 4 to 12, you can get involved and access the data from the 2010 questionnaire by visiting the CensusAtSchool Data webpage.
AUSTRALIAN HEALTH SURVEY ANNOUNCED
In May 2010 the ABS announced the 2011–13 Australian Health Survey. This will be the most comprehensive health survey of Australians with a random sample of 50,000 Australian adults and children to be asked to complete it. Participants will be asked about any diagnosed health problems they have, the medications and medical services that they use, and new questions about lifestyle factors such as diet and physical activity. For the first time, survey respondents will also be asked to provide voluntary blood and urine samples to allow testing for nutritional status and for early indicators of lifestyle–related disease, such as high cholesterol levels and high or low blood glucose levels. For more information about the survey please see the Australian Health Survey webpage.
ABS WEBSITE KEEPS EVOLVING
Over the last few months the ABS has released a number of improvements or new features to its website, including:
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