1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 55), Feb 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2006   
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Tips for finding statistical information on the ABS web site

…Using shortcuts from the ABS home page for quick queries

National statistics - including population, Key National Indicators and the Consumer Price Index (CPI) - can be accessed from the left-hand panel on the ABS home page.

…By geography

Statistics by Region provides 5 years of easy-to-access comparison data down to Statistical Local Area. Also includes Local Government Areas. Access the profiles from the right-hand panel on the ABS home page.

Census data provides a comprehensive set of detailed demographic statistics, collected every five years. Census 2001 and Census 1996 data is available from the Census link, located in the horizontal navigation bar at the top and bottom of all ABS web pages.

…By subject

Themes web pages bring together information are subject guides to ABS statistics. They pull together relevant ABS information on a particular theme and also link to other organisations that release information on the same theme. Themes link from the navigation bar at the top and bottom of all ABS web pages, and from the left hand panel of the web page.

Topics offer a subject-based approach to access ABS information. Drill down from 5 broad subject groups to more specific topics within each. Click on the Statistics link and select Topics from the left-hand panel.

Key Products links to titles such as Year Book Australia and Australian Social Trends. These offer a wealth of statistical analysis on social and economic issues, and are an excellent starting point for research.

Site Search

Use the search facility on the web site. The Help pages provide Search Tips. Alternatively, try the advanced search functions of popular search engines, such as Google, to interrogate the ABS site. For example, typing ‘pets site: abs.gov.au’ in the Google search box will retrieve only items from the ABS web site.

And historical titles?

Information about titles released between 1907 and 1993 can be found in the Historical Publication Index on the LEP web pages. This Index does not link to full text for these older publications but does provide a valuable tool for researchers.

SuperTABLE Tips

To open and use SuperTABLE datasets you will need to download and install the free SuperTABLE on your PC. Download this from the
Space-Time Research web site. Specialist SuperTABLE help is available from the Space-Time web site.

Need Help?

  • Online Help link at the top of web pages
  • Call the ABS National Information and Referral Service (NIRS) on 1300 135 070 for a free 5 minute consultation
  • Call your local LEP Coordinator