1318.3 - Qld Stats, Nov 2007  
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Regional Statistics Newsletter
Development of Service Industry Surveys
Queensland Statistical Training
The 2011 Census - Your chance to have a say
ABS Release Information
Queensland Theme Page


What's New in Regional Statistics (cat. no. 1386.0) is a biannual newsletter that highlights developments in statistics relevant to regions, including metropolitan, urban, non-urban and rural areas and other information of likely interest to researchers, policy makers and other users of small area data.

What's New in Regional Statistics was first released in April 2007 and this issue included articles covering:

  • new developments in geocoding
  • regional population growth
  • regional water use
  • regional wages and salaries
  • the population effects of Cyclone Larry.

The second issue of this newsletter is due for release on 5 December 2007 and will contain information on a number of new products, data releases and developments relevant to users of small area data, including:
  • the review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification
  • information on the upcoming National Regional Profile release
  • the 2011 Census review
  • information on the Children and Youth Statistical Portal
  • an article on internet access in Australia.

Interested readers are also invited to visit the Regional theme page on the ABS website for links to other related information.


The ABS is planning to conduct surveys on Nursing homes, Aged care, Child care, Residential care, and Non-residential care in respect of the 2008-09 financial year. The Goods and Services National Statistics Centre (G & S-NSC) will commence consultation with relevant stakeholders in late 2007 and continue until about mid 2008.

The aim of stakeholder consultation is to develop a common understanding between the ABS and key clients of the purpose of each survey and the survey requirements relative to the purpose - eg, identify and prioritise the content, accuracy, scope and significant issues that could impact on the survey development, implementation or output.

For the purpose of identifying relevant stakeholders for consultations in the broad development phase, the G & S -NSC will soon commence contacting those organisations that made relevant submissions to the 2005 Service Industry Survey Forward Work Program review.

If you did not make a relevant submission to the review but would still like to be included in the development of any of these surveys or for further information contact Melanie Taylor, Director, G & S -NSC on (02) 6252 7495, email service.industries.program@abs.gov.au.


The ABS has a commitment to encourage the informed use of State, Territory and regional data. To this end, the ABS Queensland office provides a suite of training programmes to help clients make the best use of ABS and non-ABS information. These courses aim to develop a greater understanding of statistical and analytical processes.

Courses can be tailored to suit particular needs and additional programmes can be developed as required.

Currently, ABS Queensland is pleased to offer the following courses in Brisbane and Northern Queensland in 2007:

Course nameCourse lengthCourse date/s
Making Quality Informed DecisionsOne dayMonday, 26 November 2007
Turning Data Into InformationTwo daysMonday and Tuesday, 10-11 December 2007

For more details about course content and how to register see 2007 QLD Information & Registration Form_.pdf on the ABS Website at Statistical Training Queensland contacts.THE 2011 CENSUS - YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE A SAY

While continuing to deliver more new and exciting products and services from the 2006 Census, the ABS is turning its attention to the next Census of Population and Housing to be held in August 2011.

The ABS will soon be inviting public comment on the content and procedures of the next Census. The invitation to have a say in the way the nation’s largest statistical collection is undertaken is in the Information Paper: 2011 Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Content and Procedures released on 26 October 2007.

This is the first in a series of information papers about the 2011 Census. It marks the first step in the public consultation process for 2011 and outlines ABS proposals for the next Census, including:

  • procedures for conducting the Census
  • arrangements to protect the privacy of individuals
  • measures to ensure the confidentiality of the information collected
  • topics to be included
  • topics under review, including new topic proposals
  • topics to be excluded.

How do I make a submission?

Submissions can be lodged either online, electronically by email or in hard copy. The submission period
on 26 October 2007 when the Information Paper is released and will close on 31 March 2008. Users of Census data and interested members of the public are invited to make submissions on any aspect of the Census.

The Information Paper and Submission Form is now available on the ABS website (for free download) at www.abs.gov.au/2011censusviews. Information and guidelines about making a submission will also be available from the website.

In addition to providing copies of the Information Paper to people and organisations with an interest in Census data, the ABS will notify the public of the release of the Information Paper through:

  • advertisements placed in major newspapers across the country
  • media releases
  • the ABS website.

What happens next?

Following the assessment of submissions and consultation meetings, recommendations on the content and procedures of the 2011 Census will be discussed with the Australian Statistics Advisory Council later in 2008. The ABS will then prepare a submission to the Federal Government during 2009. A final decision on the 2011 Census topics is expected to be made by the Federal Government in late 2009. The ABS will then release a further Information Paper outlining the final nature and content of the 2011 Census.

All individuals or organisations who have made submissions will be advised of the final outcomes.


Information on all ABS future product releases can be accessed from ABS Release Advice . This web page also provides links to Previous Releases and Main Economic Indicator Releases.QUEENSLAND THEME PAGE

This page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.