1304.5 - Stats Talk WA, Sep 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/09/2009   
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Statistical News
Developments In ABS Statistics

The powerful Census analytical product known as TableBuilder was launched on 28 August.

TableBuilder is a charged subscription, online service aimed at users with a high level of understanding of Census data concepts.

TableBuilder allows you to create your own tables of Census data by accessing all variables contained in the Census Output Record File. This includes age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation, family composition and more for all ABS geographies.

The product is designed to provide clients with the highest degree of freedom in selecting and combining data items and the geographical areas most suited to their needs. You can access data for areas as small as a Collection District (approximately 225 households) or as large as an entire state or territory or all of Australia.

If you are interested in purchasing this powerful tool or would like additional information, please phone 1300 135 070.

Indigenous Pop Projections
Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population is projected to reach between 713,300 and 721,100 people in 2021, according to figures released in an ABS publication titled Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2021 (cat. no. 3238.0).

WA had the third largest population of Indigenous Australians behind NSW and Queensland. The Indigenous population of WA is estimated to have increased from 49,600 people in 1991 to 71,000 people in 2006, and is projected to increase to between 92,600 and 93,600 people by 2021.

This equates to an average growth rate of around 1.85% per year between 2006 and 2021, the second lowest growth rate of all the states and territories.

Growing Up In Australia
One of the great challenges for Australia is to identify and understand the myriad of factors that influence our children’s development and to put into place the measures that can improve outcomes for future generations.

On the 3rd and 4th of December 2009 researchers and policy makers will have an ideal opportunity to discuss research and policy initiatives that have resulted from the use of data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC).

The second LSAC research conference will be held at Rydges on Swanston in Carlton, Victoria. The conference is suited to those interested in LSAC and in longitudinal survey research more generally.

For further information about the conference and for details on how to register, please call (03) 9214 7888.

New Pensioner CPI
August 24 saw the release of the first Pensioner and Beneficiary Living Cost Index (PBLCI) (cat. no. 6467.0).

The PBLCI shows a 0.1% increase in prices compared with the 0.5% increase reported in the CPI for the June quarter 2009. The PBLCI showed a 0.9% increase for the March quarter 2009, compared with 0.1% increase for the CPI.

As stated in the PBLCI Information Paper (cat. no. 6466.0.0), released on 30 June 2009, the PBLCI will provide an alternate measure of price change to better reflect changes in living costs as they affect pensioners and other households receiving income from the government.

Further information is available in the Information Paper: Introduction of the Pensioner Cost Living Index (PBLCI) (cat. no 6466.0.0).