1301.6.55.001 - Tasmanian Statistical News, Dec 2010  
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Review of Tasmanian Publications
General statistical inquiries
Upcoming training and events
Need some statistical training?


The ABS Tasmanian Office is conducting a review of publications about Tasmania. As part of this review we are seeking feedback from users concerning topics and content. These releases may be subject to future change so we are seeking an understanding of their value to our users.

The following links will take you to the publications under review:

If you have any views on the topics or contents of these publications or would like to make any suggestions, please forward these to chris.carswell@abs.gov.au or call Chris on (03) 6222 5848.


We can help you to make a more informed decision...

Our consultants are available to discuss your information needs and assist you to obtain the data which will best meet your requirements.

A range of published data is available free of charge on our website and more detailed data can be tailored to your requirements as part of our priced information consultancy service. Contact our consultants who will discuss your needs in detail and provide you with an obligation free quote.

Phone: 1300 135 070 (between 9.00am-5.00pm EST)

Email: client.services@abs.gov.au

Fax: 1300 135 211

Post: Client Services, ABS, GPO Box 796, Sydney, 2001

Online Enquiry Form

To find out more about how we can customise data tailored to meet your needs check out our Information Consultancy Services brochure online.

ObjectivesThese seminars will increase participants' ability to access ABS information, including the wealth of free data available on the ABS website.
Who should attendNew starters in the State Service or others who expect to use ABS products and services.
Course benefitsIncreased understanding of:
    • the range of ABS products and services available
    • statistical literacy
    • Census and regional data
    • where to get assistance
Length1 1/2 hours
WhenTuesday 14 December 2010, 10.00 - 11.30 am or
Monday 31 January 2011, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm or
Wednesday 2 March 2011, 10.00 am - 11.30 am or
Thursday 5 May 2011, 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
For further informationEmail: tasmania.statistics@abs.gov.au

Image: 2011 Census Preview Our Plans
Over the past few weeks, our Census Products & Services section has been holding information sessions about 2011 Census in Canberra, Townsville, Melbourne, Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Brisbane, Newcastle, Sydney and Hobart where we have had the opportunity to meet with Census data users!

For those who were able to attend a session, thank you for coming along. If you weren't able to attend in person, we would like to invite you to visit our 2011 Census Preview Our Plans blog and have a look at the presentation...

We welcome your feedback
Please visit the 2011 Census Preview Our Plans blog, where you can provide feedback on our proposals, ask questions or get further information and see where we are up to.

The presentation (with additional notes), is available on the blog, as are FAQs, information about the new geography and links to further sources of information.

Would you be interested in attending an information sessions specific to the new geography?
We have had a lot of interest, particularly around the new geography being implemented for 2011 Census. If you would be interested in attending an information session specific to the new geography, please leave a comment on our 2011 Census Preview Our Plans blog indicating which city you located in. Alternatively, send an email to census.software@abs.gov.au.

Subscribe to our mailing list for updates
To subscribe to our mailing list and be notified of Census-related updates, please send an email to census.users@abs.gov.au with subject as 'add to Census email'.

Data Confidentiality Symposium

9:15am–4:20pm, Tuesday 18 January 2011
Lehany Theatre, Reception, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering
Bradfield Road, West Lindfield NSW 2070

(Note: There is ample parking at the venue.)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics, CSIRO and the Statistical Society of Australia, Inc. (NSW) are sponsoring a one-day symposium on data confidentiality in Sydney on 18 January 2011.

General Information

National Statistical Agencies and other data custodian agencies and organisations currently face a challenge in balancing access and use of data for research and policy development with privacy and confidentiality protection.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is experiencing both a high level of user demand and increasing interest from researchers in more detail, more datasets and more flexibility of access. At the same time, there are a growing number of initiatives seeking to provide Australian researchers with access to linkable, de-identified data from a wide range of data sources. In this context, privacy and confidentiality methods and technologies are set to become increasingly important.

This symposium aims to provide an overview of data confidentiality issues and an introduction to current and emerging approaches. Topics to be covered will include:
An overview of current, large-scale successful initiatives in Australia which make health and other personal data available for research
A review of techniques designed to confidentialise data before release to researchers
A review of the role of synthetic data methods
A discussion of the role and design of remote access in future systems for balancing data access with confidentiality protection.


Professor Donald Rubin (Harvard University)
Dr Christine O’Keefe (CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics)
Mr Tim Hawkes (Statistics New Zealand)
Mr Daniel Elazar (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
Ms Victoria Leaver (Australian Bureau of Statistics)


The draft Symposium Program, which is still subject to change based on speaker availability, may be accessed

Who should attend?

Researchers and information managers interested in the issue of balancing access and use of data for research and policy development with privacy and confidentiality protection. This would include staff of CSIRO, ABS and other agencies and organisations, researchers and students.


The Symposium is free of charge to registered participants.
Registration is essential as places are limited.

Registration details

To avoid disappointment early registration is recommended. Registration by Friday 24 December would be most appreciated.
For changes after registration, please contact Mrs Kim Vredeveld,
Kimberly.Vredeveld@csiro.au .

Please register


Dr Christine O’Keefe
CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics
Phone: +61 2 6216 7021

Mr Peter Rossiter
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Phone: +61 2 6252 6024

Professor Donald B. Rubin to visit Australia
Two Short Courses Presented by Professor Donald B. Rubin

Proudly sponsored by:

Image: ABS Logo and Census Logo
Census | beyond the count

A showcase event that explores the issues that matter to all Australians.
We will look beyond the count and reveal what a difference the Census makes.
The Census | beyond the count conference will highlight, over two days,
the effective and innovative use of Census data by government, community
and private sector organisations.

For further information and registrations, go to
Census | beyond the count


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides training on a range of topics to develop skills for high quality statistical collections and statistical analysis.

Our training programs are conducted by ABS staff with expertise in areas such as:
  • questionnaire design
  • data analysis
  • survey management.

The courses teach practical skills by involving participants in individual and group exercises. We also hold regular seminars which may focus on statistical developments, publications, trends or issues.

The following link will take you to a list of some of the courses that the Tasmanian Office of the ABS has run: Tas Training Courses.

If the training requirements of your organisation are not met in the list of courses above, the ABS can customise training according to your needs. Please email tasmania.statistics@abs.gov.au and one of our consultants will phone you to discuss how the ABS can help you.