1367.0 - State and Territory Statistical Indicators, 2011  
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In December 2010, the ABS released the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) which is gradually replacing the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC). The ASGS defines more stable, consistent and meaningful units than the ASGC and will become the essential reference for understanding and interpreting the geographical dimension of ABS statistics.

The ASGS will have a substantial impact upon sub-state population estimates, as estimates will be prepared and released based on an entirely new geographic classification. The first set of population estimates under the ASGS will be released in July 2012, along with ASGC-based estimates. However, from 2013, estimates will only be prepared based on the new ASGS.

Because it is such a significant change, the ABS will present information sessions in all States and Territories over the next few months (dates to be confirmed) to assist in clarifying plans for the preparation and release of these estimates, and you are invited to attend. The sessions will focus on how the population estimates are currently prepared and released and how this will change when released under the new geography in future. There will also be time for questions and discussion.

The session will be held on the following dates in your region (dates to be confirmed, and some already held):


November 2011
November 2011
November 2011
January 2012
February 2012
February 2012
February 2012
February 2012

To find out more information, or to register your interest, please telephone the ABS Training Contact in your State or Territory.

For further information on the new geography, see the ABS Information Paper: Population Estimates under Australia's New Statistical Geography (cat. no. 3219.0.55.001) released on 26 August 2011. This paper explains what sub-state population estimates will be produced in future, and how and when they will be released.


The ABS provides training on a large range of topics to develop skills for high quality statistical collections and statistical analysis. Some examples include:

  • Running Your Own Survey
  • Principles of Questionnaire Design
  • Time Series Made Simple
  • Understanding Demographic Data
  • Analysing Survey Data Made Simple
  • ABS Datacubes in SuperTABLE

The full suite of training and learning opportunities are advertised on the ABS website and can be accessed from the ABS Training Pages on the ABS Website.

Additional sessions may be scheduled according to demand. If your preferred course is not currently listed for your State or Territory, please email training@abs.gov.au with your contact details and the course name to register your interest.

If your training requirements are not met in the list of courses, please contact the ABS Training Contact in your State or Territory.


From time to time the ABS offers seminars and information sessions to help you make the best use of ABS information. As details of new sessions become available, these will also be advertised in this newsletter.

Details of ABS conferences, seminars and events are advertised on the following page of the ABS website: ABS Conferences, Seminars and Events.

In addition to ABS activities, the National Statistical Service (NSS) also runs a number of seminars each year. These are advertised on the following page: Upcoming NSS Seminars.

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