1318.3 - Qld Stats, Oct 2009  
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National Health Survey, 2007-08

Internet Activity, Australia, June 2009

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), July 2009

Methodological News, September 2009

Australian Social Trends, September 2009

Local Government and ABS, September 2009

Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia, 2007-08

Culture and Recreation News, September 2009

Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, November 2007 (Third edition)

Impact of Revised International Standards on Monthly International Trade in Goods and Services, August 2009

ABS Forward Work Program, 2009-10 to 2012-13

ABS Release Information

Queensland Theme Page


During September 2009 there were a number of products released in relation to the National Health Survey 2007-08.

Microdata: National Health Survey, Basic and Expanded CURF, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4324.0.55.001) was released 14 September 2009. There are two confidentialised unit record files available from the 2007-08 National Health Survey; a BASIC file, which is available on CD ROM and is accessible via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and a more detailed EXPANDED file accessible through the RADL only.

Information Paper: National Health Survey - Confidentialised Unit Record Files, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4324.0) was released 14 September 2009. This paper provides information about the release of microdata from the 2007-08 National Health Survey (NHS). Microdata from the 2007-08 NHS is available in the form of a Basic Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) and an Expanded CURF. The CURFs contain confidentialised data about each selected person and the household to which they belong. Deletion of some variables and aggregation of categories in other variables ensures that confidentiality provisions are not compromised. Subject to the data classifications used, it is possible to manipulate the data, produce tabulations and undertake statistical analyses to individual specifications.

National Health Survey: Users' Guide - Electronic Publication, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4363.0.55.001) was released 14 September 2009. This publication contains details about the 2007-08 National Health Survey (NHS). It includes information about survey objectives, the development process, content of the survey, and the concepts, methods and procedures used in the collection of data and derivation of estimates. Also included is information about the products and services available from the 2007-08 NHS and other ABS health-related surveys. Classifications and other relevant material are provided as Appendices.

The purpose of the Users' Guide is to provide information about the survey which will assist users of the data to better understand the nature of the survey and its ability to meet their data needs.

National Health Survey: Data Reference Package, 2007-08 (cat. no. 4363.0.55.002) was released 25 September 2009. This product contains a copy of the questionnaire used in the survey, together with associated prompt cards, and a listing of all output data items available from the survey. This package is intended to assist users of the data in making the best use of results from the survey, and should be used in conjunction with the Users' Guide publication.

Summary results from the survey are contained in National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2007-2008 (Reissue) (cat. no. 4364.0).


Internet Activity, Australia, Jun 2009 (cat. no. 8153.0) was released 14 September 2009. This publication contains details of internet activity supplied by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) with more than 1,000 subscribers in Australia. It includes information on internet subscribers and their type of connection, the type of user (business/household), the volume of data downloaded, the speed of the internet connection and the location of the subscriber (by state or territory).

At the end of June 2009, there were 1.7 million active internet subscribers in Queensland.


Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), Jul 2009 (cat. no. 1216.0) was released 16 September 2009. The main purpose of the ASGC is for collecting and disseminating geographically classified statistics. These are statistics with a ‘where’ dimension.

The ASGC provides a common framework of statistical geography which enables the production of statistics that are comparable and can be spatially integrated.

In practice, statistical units such as households and businesses are first assigned to a geographical area in one of the seven ASGC structures. Data collected from these statistical units are then compiled into ASGC defined geographic aggregations which, subject to confidentiality restrictions, are then available for publication.

The purposes of this publication are to outline the ASGC structures, describe the codes and names of geographical areas used and depict the statistical relationship between different types of geography used in the classification.


Methodological News, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 1504.0) was released 18 September 2009. The Methodological News is a quarterly information bulletin from the Methodology and Data Management Division. The newsletter features articles and developments in relation to work done with the division.


The ABS released the latest edition of Australian Social Trends, (cat. no. 4102.0) on 24 September 2009. The publication draws together a wide range of statistics from the ABS and other official sources to provide a picture of Australian society and how it is changing over time.

The latest edition features five articles:
  • Expanding links with China and India
  • Children who are overweight or obese
  • Carers and employment
  • People with more than one job
  • Work, life and family balance

The September issue also includes the release of national and state summary tables presenting the key statistics for the Health and Economic resources chapters.

The release shows that:
  • In 2008, the average weekly total cash earnings, for all employees in Queensland, was $942, an increase of around $350 (or 60%) over the ten years since 1998. However, overall inflation in Queensland increased by 36% over the same period, leaving around 18% real growth in earnings.
  • Around 22% of people living in Queensland were receiving Government pensions and allowances as their main source of household income in 2007-08, while wages and salaries was the main source of income for around 63% of all Queensland households.
  • For Queenslanders, the average life expectancy for a baby born in 2005-2007 was around 79 years for males and around 84 years for females . These life expectancies were similar to the national averages.
  • In Queensland, people 18 years and over were more likely to drink to risky or high-risk levels in 2007-08. They were also more likely to be smokers compared with most other states/territories.


Local Government and ABS, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 1376.0) was released 24 September 2009. This publication contains a range of information on ABS developments in rural and regional statistics, and information about recent releases at Local Government level or other regional levels. There are two feature articles in this issue as well as an update on What's happening in Local Government Finance.


Research and Experimental Development, Businesses, Australia, 2007-08 (cat. no 8104.0) was released 25 September 2009. This release presents summary statistics on expenditure and human resources devoted to research and experimental development (R&D) carried out by businesses in Australia. The data are classified by industry, type of expenditure, source of funds, type of employee, enterprise employment size, research field, socioeconomic objective and location of expenditure. Most data are expressed in current prices but key aggregates are also expressed in volume terms.

Some selected results for Queensland include:
  • Business expenditure on research and development (BERD) in Queensland during 2007-08 was $1,950 million, an increase of 16% from 2006-07. Queensland accounted for 14% of Australian BERD in 2007-08.
  • The largest contributors to Queensland BERD were Mining ($569 million or 29%), Professional, scientific and technical services ($440 million or 23%) and Manufacturing ($406 million or 21%).


Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2009 (cat. no. 4147.4.55.001) was released 25 September 2009. This is the half-yearly newsletter of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS). The newsletter highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage, and sports and recreation statistics, and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field.


Information Paper: Labour Force Survey Sample Design, Nov 2007 (Third edition) (cat. no. 6269.0) was released 1 October 2009. This edition provides information on the re-instatement of the Labour Force Survey (LFS) sample over the period September to December 2009. The fully re-instated sample takes effect from the December 2009 survey (estimates released on 15 January 2010).

The first edition of this Information Paper, released on 28 November 2007, provided detailed information on the 2006 LFS sample design and changes made to the design over the history of the survey. The second edition, released on 25 July 2008, provided information on a substantial reduction in the size of the 2006 LFS sample which took effect from the July 2008 survey to the August 2009 survey.


Impact of Revised International Standards on Monthly International Trade in Goods and Services, Aug 2009 (cat. no. 5368.0.55.014) was released 2 October 2009. The August 2009 issue of International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia (cat. no. 5368.0) presents statistics on a Balance of Payments basis according to a revised international standard, the Balance of Payments and International Investment Position Manual, Sixth edition (BPM6). In addition, the results of a number of data quality investigations will be implemented. These changes have been backcast through the historical series to create a time series which is as continuous as possible.

The introduction of BPM6 will not change the presentation of merchandise trade statistics on a recorded trade basis.

This paper briefly summarises the impact of BPM6 on key goods and services aggregates presented in International Trade in Goods and Services, Australia.

Image: Changes to the ABS Survey Program ABS FORWARD WORK PROGRAM 2009-10 TO 2012-13

Forward Work Program, 2009-10 to 2012-13 (cat. no. 1006.0) was released 30 September 2009. The ABS Forward Work Program (FWP) is produced annually and is one of the suite of ABS corporate publications.

The FWP provides background information about statistical and non-statistical programs across the ABS, their objectives and the outputs they produce. It includes details of past and current resource usage, and details developments in the work program for each of the statistical and non-statistical programs over the next three years. The FWP covers all programs in the ABS, across Central Office and all eight state and territory regional offices.


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website provides the expected release details for all statistical products due for publication in the coming six months.

The web page 'Release Advice for ABS Publications for the Next Six Months' is revised on the ABS website at the beginning of each month. This six-month forecasting is intended to keep clients informed about products and when they will become available.

All ABS core statistical and other statistical publications that usually have a catalogue number will be detailed as well as prominent non-statistical publications such as the ABS Annual Report and Australian Statistics Advisory Council Annual Report.

For further information please access the following link Release Advice for ABS Publications for the Next Six Months.

Information on all ABS product releases can also be accessed from ABS Release Advice. This web page also provides links to Previous Releases, Releases Scheduled for the Next Six Months and Main Economic Indicator Releases.


The Queensland theme 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.