1003.0 - ABS News for Libraries, Nov 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 12/12/2007   
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Feature Article


Make Community Statistics available on your Library Website with Free Licensing

Help your clients discover their community by making ABS data available on your website.

The ABS encourages the use of its data within libraries and the community. Our current policy encourages this by allowing ABS data to be distributed on a non-charging public-access website without payment of licence fees. You may place data you have obtained free of charge from the ABS website, or data you have purchased from the ABS, on your website upon entering into a simple licensing arrangement with the ABS.

To date, over 100 Local Government organisations have taken advantage of this free licence, and have ABS data available on their websites for their local community to access. We can provide you with advice on the data that would best suit your needs and also ensure that you understand how to best use our data.

Some of the advantages of having ABS data on your website:
  • people interested in your local area can access a wide range of information from one central place;
  • data are available to support local planning;
  • the data can be tailored for your local area;
  • information can be presented in a format that best suits your needs;
  • it is a useful tool for local business; and
  • a resource for students.

For further information please contact Colleen Tharme on telephone 02 6252 6998 or by email at <intermediary.management@abs.gov.au>

Summer Stats

Summer is a time for people across Australia to spend time outdoors and engage in activities such as gardening, going to the beach, or visiting a national park. Here are some facts on summer and assorted topics related to the season.


In 2005-06...
  • 730 700 Australians attended an outdoor cricket match
  • 267 900 Australians attended a tennis match
  • 1 million Australians went cycling
  • 4 million Australians walked for exercise

On Holiday
  • 73.6 million overnight trips were taken by Australians in year ended 30 June 2007
  • There were 43 266 Campervans in Australia as at 31 March 2007
  • 3.5 million Australians visited a winery during the period April to September 2006
  • Tour buses travelled 126 million km in Australia in year ended 31 October 2006

Food & Drink

In 2005-06...
  • 37 979 508 kg Mangoes were produced
  • 1 767.2 ltr of beer available for consumption
  • The apparent per person consumption of wine was 3.11 ltr
  • 3 171 000 ltr of sparkling wine was sold in December 2006

Keeping Cool
  • 11.7% of Australian households had a swimming pool in March 2007
  • 60% of households had some form of cooler (air conditioner or evaporative cooler) in 2005
  • 92% of Motor vehicles had air conditioning in March 2006

Source List

Sports Attendance, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4174.0)
Participation in Sports and Physical Recreation, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 4177.0)
Travel by Australians, June 2007 (National Visitor Survey) Tourism Research Australia
Food and Wine Tourism in Australia, 2006 Snapshot Tourism Research Australia
Motor Vehicle Census, Australia, 31 March 2007 (cat. no. 9309.0)
Survey of Motor Vehicle Use, Australia, 12 months ended 31 October 2006 (cat. no. 9208.0)
Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, March 2005 & 2007 (cat. no. 4602.0)
Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, March 2006 (cat. no. 4602.0)
Principal Agricultural Commodities, Australia, Preliminary, 2005-06 (cat. no. 7111.0)
Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4307.0.55.001)
Sales of Australian Wine and Brandy by Winemakers, Oct 2007 (cat. no. 8504.0)