1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, 2013  
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Time series wage and salary earner statistics for small areas (New - Dec 2013)
Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) (New - Dec 2013)
Motor Vehicle Census postcode data (New - Dec 2013)
Census sample file CURFs released (New - Dec 2013)
Country of birth profiles released (New - Dec 2013)
Measures of Australia's Progress (MAP) (New - Dec 2013)
2012 Deaths data released (New - Dec 2013)
Release of 2012 Births data (New - Oct 2013)
Submissions report released for 2016 Census (New - Sept 2013)
Preschool Education Data - Remoteness Areas (New - Dec 2013)
ABS Stats mobile app (New - Sept 2013)
Queensland Land Account released (New - Sept 2013)
Revised Estimated Resident Population data (New - Aug 2013)
Small area Tourist Accommodation data released (New - Oct 2013)
Counts of Australian businesses (New - Jul 2013)
Australian Community Indicators Network (Updated - Oct 2013)
2011 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (Updated - Dec 2013)
Time series estimates of personal income for small areas (Updated - Oct 2013)
ABS.Stat launched (Updated - Aug 2013)
Experimental estimates of employment
Fly-in fly-out parliamentary inquiry (Updated - Mar 2013)


The Wage and Salary Earner Statistics for Small Areas, Time Series, 2005-06 to 2010-11 (cat. no. 5673.0.55.003) was released on 20 December 2013. The estimates have been compiled using aggregated individual income tax data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). The data cubes contain time series data for 2005-06 to 2010-11 and various cross-tabulations of the characteristics of wage and salary earners such as age, sex, occupation and wage and salary income for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2, 3 and 4.


The Microdata: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006-2011 (cat. no. 2080.0), issued on 18 December 2013, contains information about registration, pricing and access to ACLD, as well as details about the data items in the dataset. It's a significant release for the ABS and Australia because a dataset of this depth and breadth has never been available before in Australia. The ACLD is an exciting new dataset which brings together data from the 2006 Census with data from the 2011 Census to build a picture of changes in society. The first issue of the ACLD is based on a sample of about 1 million people from the 2006 Census which has been combined with records from the 2011 Census using data linkage techniques. The dataset will continue to grow with new information added each Census, and sample augmentation to account for births, deaths and migration.

The Information Paper: Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, Methodology and Quality Assessment, 2006-2011 (cat. no. 2080.5) details the linkage methodology, quality of the linked data and weighting strategy.

The Australians' journeys through life: Stories from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset, 2006 - 2011 (cat. no. 2081.0) is a series of articles analysing and demonstrating the ACLD and gives a glimpse of the type and range of information that the ALCD can provide.

The ABS will be producing articles during 2014 from the ALCD which aim to describe transitions of people between 2006 and 2011. Analysis is expected to include the following broad areas of interest: work, housing, transport, mobility, disability and caring, and educational attainment.

You can view more information from the Census/ALCD page on the ABS website.


Motor Vehicle Census data is available for the first time in TableBuilder, details were released on 18 December 2013 in Microdata: Census of Motor Vehicles, Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 9309.0.55.003). TableBuilder provides a range of benefits over the previously released data cube products including an increased number of data items, Australia level data available in the one dataset and an increased capacity to cross tabulate.

This product provides data on motor vehicles registered with an Australian state or territory motor vehicle authority for unrestricted use on public roads at the census date (31st January). Data include: State; Postcode; Make/model; Year of Manufacture; Body Type; Number of Seats; Number of Cylinders; Engine Capacity; Fuel Type; Number of Axles; Tare; Gross Vehicle Mass; Gross Combination Mass; and Heavy Vehicle Code.

A detailed list of data items is available on the Downloads tab.


Census Sample Files (CSF) for the 2011 Census were released on 12 December 2013 in Microdata: Census of Population and Housing, Census Sample File, 2011 (cat. no. 2037.0.30.001). The following microdata products are available from the CSF, Basic CURF on CD-ROM, Expanded CURF via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL). These products provide sample records for 1% and 5% of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. A detailed list of data items is available on the Downloads tab.

The CSF is suitable for advanced users of Census data and is available as a charged product. For up-to-date information about the pricing of CURFs, please refer to the Microdata prices web page. For information on how to access Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) please visit the Microdata entry page or email microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


The Country of Birth Profiles, released on 17 November 2013, provide a comprehensive statistical picture in Excel format for selected Local Government Areas within the Greater Capital City area and Commonwealth Electoral Divisions. They provide characteristics about people from selected countries of birth relating to people, families and dwellings. They cover most topics on the Census form. Areas within in each state are available.

2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, New South Wales, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.1)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, Victoria, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.2)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, Queensland, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.3)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, South Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.4)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, Western Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.5)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, Tasmania, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.6)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, Northern Territory, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.7)
2011 Census of Population and Housing: Country of Birth Profile, Australian Capital Territory, 2013 (cat. no. 2010.8)


For the first time, a chapter on ‘Rural and regional progress’ has been included in Measures of Australia's Progress, 2013. This issue, released on 14 November 2013, discusses progress indicators at the sub-state level for each of the MAP themes: society, economy, environment and governance. The 'Data and downloads' page of the MAP product includes spreadsheets containing 'Rural and regional' data and information about every MAP data item.

The ‘Rural and regional progress’ chapter aims to educate the user, about the important differences between measuring regional progress and measuring the overall progress of the nation, such as considering the relationships between regions and choosing an appropriate regional scale for analysis.


Deaths, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3302.0) released on 7 November 2013 presents statistics on deaths and mortality for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2 and 4, and Remoteness Areas. Information on characteristics of the deceased include place of usual residence, age at death, sex, Indigenous status and country of birth. Information is also provided on infant deaths, life expectancy and death rates.


Data cubes containing birth and fertility statistics for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2 and 4, and Remoteness Areas were released in Births, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3301.0) on 24 October 2013. Fertility rates for 2012 have been calculated using preliminary 30 June 2012 Estimated Resident Population, based on the results of the 2011 Census. Information on characteristics of the child include place of usual residence, sex, Indigenous status, and age, martial status and country of birth of parents.


The information paper Census of Population and Housing: Submissions Report, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0.55.001) was released on 26 September 2013. There were 915 submissions received for the 2016 Census. The report summarises the key themes emerging from the public submissions received by the ABS on the proposed content and procedures for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. It includes a brief overview of the 2016 Census content, public consultation, submission process and privacy disclaimer.

The next steps involve the assessment of topics and final recommendations.

On 13 September 2013 remoteness areas data was released in Preschool Education, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4240.0). This release presents selected tables previously released under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), and re-released under the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).


An ABS Stats mobile app was released into the Apple iTunes App Store on 25 July 2013. It's available for free download on the App Store (https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abs-stats/id521958758), or by entering ‘ABS Stats’ in the search field of the App Store if you are an iOS user.

Since it's release, our 'ABS Stats' mobile app has been enhanced with more data and better maps. Just tap the app to learn more about your Commonwealth electorate. We've added electoral boundary maps and 2011 Census data profiles of each Commonwealth electorate's people, families and dwellings. There's data about your postal area, the latest key ABS figures, our population clock and more!


The Land Account is part of a set of integrated environmental-economic accounts currently being developed by the ABS. Land accounting measures the change in the land and its attributes resulting from the impact of human and natural activity. The value of a set of Land Accounts is the ability to measure these attributes by examining stocks at different points in time to support policy around sustainable development and economic management.

The Land Account: Queensland, Experimental Estimates, 2013 (cat. no. 4609.0.55.003), released on 28 August 2013, is the third Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Land Account (see Land Account: Great Barrier Reef Region, Experimental Estimates, 2011 (cat. no. 4609.0.55.001) and Land Account: Victoria, Experimental Estimates, 2012 (cat. no. 4609.0.55.0023)). The Land Account: Queensland, Experimental Estimates, 2013, provides statistics on land to inform decision-making, research and discussion about Queensland. The data is presented in a series of statistical tables for the State of Queensland and associated Natural Resource Management (NRM) regions, as well as in various spatial formats for the 11,043 Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) areas in Queensland.

There were no new statistical collections conducted to provide data for this release. It was compiled from existing data sources from Commonwealth and State Government Agencies.

For more information contact Mark Lound on (02) 6252 6325 or email mark.lound@abs.gov.au.


Revised Estimated Resident Population (ERP) data for June 2012 were released on 30 August 2013 in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3218.0). Age-sex breakdowns of these estimates were also released on the same day in Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 3235.0).

These releases included a special, one-off revision to all regional ERP back to 1991. The availability of these revised estimates for the various sub-state geographies, such as SA2s and local government areas, differ depending on the type of estimate (total or age-sex) and past availability. For more information please see the Recasting 20 Years of Australia's Sub-state Population Estimates.

The 20 year revisions to regional ERP follows from the 20 year revision to national and state/territory ERP, released in Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2012 (cat. no. 3101.0) on 20 June 2013.

On 26 September 2013 ABS released Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Australia, Jun 2013 (cat. no. 8635.0.55.002) which presents Tourism Region data collected from accommodation businesses in the June quarter 2013 Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). Data by star grade was released for Tourism Regions and Statistical Area Level 2 geographies in each state publication (cat. nos. 8635.1.55.001 to 8635.8.55.001).

Tourism Regions are included in the Non-ABS Structure of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard and are defined by the respective state/territory tourism commissions. The data is useful for researchers, policy makers and industry monitors and advisers.

From 1 July 2013 the collection frequency of the STA has changed from quarterly to annual. The June quarter 2013 publication is the final quarterly publication. This data will now be collected and released on a financial year basis commencing with 2013-14. The financial year release will contain four separate quarters of data.


Counts of Australian Businesses, including Entries and Exits, Jun 2008 to Jun 2012 (cat. no. 8165.0) containing data sourced from the ABS Business Register was released on 21 May 2013. Two data cubes; employment size ranges and turnover size ranges for the number of businesses by industry division by Statistical Area Level 2 geography have been added.

This product presents business counts, including rates of business entries to and exits from the Australian economy, and rates of business survival. Detailed counts are presented by industry, main state and territory, type of legal organisation, institutional sector, employment size ranges and annual turnover size ranges.

Detailed cross-classified tables are expected to be released later this year.


On 22 October 2013 the ABS hosted the sixth national video seminar in partnership with the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN). This seminar titled, 'Healthy Community Indicators', included three presentations consisting of health related community indicator research projects at the national and local level. A brief summary of the 2013 Community Indicators Consortium Summit (Chicago) outcomes was also presented. More information about the network can be found on the ACIN website. Recordings of previous ACIN seminars held by the network can be accessed from the National Statistical Service website.


The third release of 2011 Census data included the release of the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), which ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.

SEIFA 2011 contains the same set of four indexes as released for SEIFA 2006:
  • The Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD)
  • The Index of Relative Socio-Economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD)
  • The Index of Education and Occupation (IEO)
  • The Index of Economic Resources (IER).

Each index is a summary of a different subset of the 2011 Census variables and focuses on a different aspect of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.

SEIFA 2011 can be used for a wide range of purposes including:
  • determining areas that require funding and services
  • identifying new business opportunities
  • research into the relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and various health and educational outcomes

SEIFA 2011 contains new easy-to-use features and data visualisation tools, including the ability to display data using Google Earth®, which makes interpreting Census data even easier. You can view and download all information free of charge from the Census/SEIFA page of the ABS website.

The SEIFA indexes are widely used measures of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage at the Statistical Area Level 1 level. Constructing socio-economic summary measures for finer units such as households would enable researchers and policy makers in Australia to better differentiate between areas with concentrations of advantage and disadvantage. A household socio-economic index of disadvantage would also enhance analyses by enabling cross-classifications with Census data.

A paper released on 25 November 2013 proposes an experimental household level index as an addition to the current suite of SEIFA products. It would complement the area level rankings by adding more depth to the information given by SEIFA, as well as providing its own valuable insights. Producing a household index would also allow users to make more accurate inferences about smaller units, rather than confounding the characteristics of areas with the people living within them.

This paper builds on previous research at the Australian Bureau of Statistics into socio-economic indexes for individuals and families released in Research Paper: Socio-Economic Indexes for Individuals and Families (Methodology Advisory Committee), Jun 2007 (cat. no. 1352.0.55.086), and the individual diversity within areas of socio-economic status released in Research Paper: Socio-Economic Indexes For Areas: Getting a Handle on Individual Diversity Within Areas, Sep 2011 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.036). The paper uses 2011 Census of Population and Housing data to focus on an exploration into the development and dissemination of a socio-economic index for households. It seeks to address issues raised in these two previous research papers.

Further information is available in Research Paper: Building on SEIFA: Finer Levels of Socio-Economic Summary Measures (Methodology Advisory Committee), Nov 2013.

Time series data for 2005-06 to 2010-11 was released on 29 October 2013. The estimates have been compiled using aggregated individual income tax data from the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). Data are provided on the number of individuals and the amount of income received from wage and salary, own unincorporated business, investment, superannuation and annuities, and other income (excluding government pensions and allowances).

The time series data for local government areas, Statistical Area Levels 2, 3 and 4 have been released in Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Time Series, 2005-06 to 2010-11 (cat. no. 6524.0.55.002).


On 14 December 2012 the ABS launched the beta version of the ABS.Stat product on the ABS website and we are seeking your feedback to improve this free online tool. ABS.Stat Beta presents datasets in a searchable, flexible and dynamic way, allowing users to create and export custom tables.

Users are presented with two options:
  • a web browser interface where you can view, query and download data; and
  • a web services interface described in a machine-processable format using the Statistical Data and Metadata Standard (SDMX) allowing machine-to-machine mechanisms for accessing and sharing ABS data.

Please note that this product is still in the beta stage and as such the datasets available are limited. Selected datasets are loaded as soon as possible after their 11:30am release on the ABS website, however data in ABS.Stat Beta may not necessarily be the most up to date. You are advised to check the ABS website for the latest data. The availability and status of current dataset is included in the ABS.Stat Beta Release Calendar.

A full list of identified issues is available on the ABS.Stat ABS product page via 'ABS.Stat List of Issues'.

We encourage you to use and trial this resource, the future of ABS data availability. Online tutorials have been developed to assist you in retrieving and using the product.

Please email any feedback to abs.stat@abs.gov.au.


The recent release of Experimental Estimates of Employees by Industry and Workplace Location, Victoria, 2005-06 to 2010-11 (cat. no. 8176.2.55.001) represents an investigation by the ABS into the potential for administrative datasets to inform the production of spatially enabled economic statistics at the local level. The experimental estimates in this release were produced predominantly using business data sourced from WorkSafe Victoria. As such, the scope of the estimates are based on the businesses with locations in Victoria that are registered with WorkSafe for the reference periods of 2005-06 to 2010-11. These include:
  • workplaces that employ workers and have an annual employer remuneration expense greater than $7,500, or those which employ trainees or apprentices, registered with WorkSafe Victoria,
  • employers approved by WorkSafe Victoria to manage their own worker's compensation (Self-Insurers).

The Victorian Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) commissioned the Australian Bureau of Statistics, under the auspices of a Victorian Statistical Priority, to provide the statistical framework necessary to produce workforce location experimental estimates of the number of employed persons by Victorian local government area of workplace, by industry (ANZSIC 2006) for the financial years 2005-06 to 2010-11.

For more information contact James Darragh on (03) 9615 7049 or email james.darragh@abs.gov.au.

The recent "House Standing Committee on Regional Australia: Inquiry into the use of ‘fly-in, fly-out’ (FIFO) workforce practices in regional Australia" has raised awareness and interest in using regional statistics to better understand the circumstances of the regional communities that host FIFO workers and other areas which are home to those FIFO workers. The Committee's terms of reference include the current and future extent of FIFO work across Australia, the costs and benefits of FIFO work to companies and individuals, the effect of FIFO work practices on "host" and "home" communities, and government initiatives in relation to FIFO work.

Many of the issues faced by regional communities in relation to FIFO are generic regional issues such as planning for population change; economic development, and community wellbeing. Therefore, the FIFO debate reflects common regional policy and planning issues and data needs.

The Inquiry raised a number of interesting issues in terms of the way ABS data can be used to better inform this debate. The ABS prepared two public submissions to the Inquiry, the first explaining our current data and its uses, and the second explaining what could be done to meet some of the data gaps. These submissions can be found on the Australian Parliament House (APH) website under submission 223 and 223.1.

The Inquiry recently released its findings in the report "Cancer of the bush or salvations for our cities" which can be found on the House Standing Committee on Regional Australia page of the APH website. The Inquiry findings highlighted a range of unmet information needs, with Recommendation 1 specifically seeking an ABS response in relation to improvements to regional service population data.