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

Recently released publications to note:

Fig 1: Australia's Environment: Issues & Trends 2007Astralia's Environment: Issues and Trends, 2007 (cat. no. 4613.0) released 10 December 2007

This publication is made up of two main parts, a feature article (the issue) and trends. The feature article for this year is water. The second part, the trends section, is broken into five areas that cover major environmental indicators of interest o Australians.
These are:
  • Population and urban trends,
  • Human activity trends,
  • Atmosphere trends,
  • Water trends, and
  • Landscape trends
By drawing on a wide range of ABS statistics and statistics from other official sources this publication provides an excellent overview of environmental data. Includes information on greenhouse gases, climate change, and recycling.

Business Use of Information Technology, 2005-06 (cat. no. 8129.0) released 7 December 2007
Summary data from the annual Business Characteristics Survey relating to business use of information technology. Covers topics such as business computer and internet use; broadband connections; web presence; and purchasing and selling via the internet.

Environmental Issues: People's Views and Practices, Mar 2007 (cat. no. 4602.0) released 6 December 2007
This edition focuses on 'Water use and conservation'. It presents data on sources of water in households, the use of water and water saving measures used in the house and in the garden. Data on use of rainwater tanks and grey water are also included. Comparisons with results from similar past surveys since 1994 are included.

Patterns of internet access in Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 8146.0.55.001) released 29 November 2007
Presents analysis of data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Includes access rates for both any internet access, and broadband. Looks at regional differences in access; and socio-economic characteristics such as age, employment, indigenous, disability status.

Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, Summary Results, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4228.0) released 28 November 2007
Provides data to help answer questions of whether Australians' literacy skills are adequate for the challenges they face in work and daily life. This survey provides information on the knowledge and skills of 15 to 74 year olds in five areas. These include prose literacy (ability to read newspapers, magazines), document literacy (ability to understand timetables, job applications, maps), numeracy, problem solving, and health literacy.

Migrant Data Matrices, 2007 (cat. no. 3415.0) released 22 November 2007
Provides quick and easy access to summary data on migrants from a range of ABS collections. Grouped by topic, users can see what data items are available, and then link directly to the data tables.

Planning for Business, 2007 (cat.no. 1391.0.55.001) released 26 October 2007
A brochure about using statistics for small business and franchise planning. Includes case studies focussing on knowing your market, locating potential clients, targetting promotions, assessing site locations, supporting your business case, or improving your marketing strategy.