1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Jun 2008  
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Waratah - NSW in Focus


Almost one in three Australians or 6.9 million people live in NSW. Of these 6.9 million people, 2% are Indigenous, nearly 14% are aged 65 years or over, and 24% were born overseas. So what is life like for NSW's diverse population and how has it changed in the last 5 to 10 years?

New South Wales in Focus, 2008 (cat. no. 1338.1), due for release on 13 June, seeks to answer these questions by providing a snapshot of life in NSW and how it has changed over time. Drawing upon both ABS and non-ABS sources, NSW in Focus has twelve chapters presenting a rich array of social, economic and environmental data.

Chapters include Population, Family and Community, Health, Education and Training, Work, Household Economic Resources, Housing, Crime and Justice, Transport, Economic Activity and Environment. The final chapter then presents useful national comparisons for selected indicators.

A new feature in the 2008 edition is the inclusion of brief analytical chapter introductions, highlighting selected measures. Each chapter also features a summary table of selected indicators allowing users to track changes over time, and a list of data sources which are a helpful reference for further research.

NSW in Focus is available free from the ABS website. Users can download the entire publication as a PDF or can access individual datacubes using Excel. This compendium is an excellent resource for government agencies, universities and other education facilities, research organisations, businesses and the general community.

To complement the release of NSW in Focus, ABS NSW aim to conduct free seminars in late June/early July highlighting some of the statistical stories presented in this year's publication.

We are interested in your feedback on NSW in Focus. Please take a few minutes to fill in the feedback form by clicking 'Have Your Say' on the Summary page of the publication. Your responses will then contribute to improving products and services in the future.

To register interest in the seminars, or for further information contact Sarah Proudford on (02) 9268 4855, or email nsw.statistics@abs.gov.au.