1344.8.55.002 - ABStract, Statistics News, Australian Capital Territory, Nov 2004  
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A Message from the Regional Director
ACT in Focus
Information Consultancy
Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre
Population Seachange
Disability, Ageing and Carers
Measuring the Stock of Human Capital for Australia
Tourism Satellite Account
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Population Estimates and Projections
Sexual Assault in Australia
Snapshots of Asthma and Diabetes
Characteristics of People reporting Good or Better Health
Health Risk Factors - A Guide to Time Series Comparability
Cardiovascular Disease in Australia
Cancer in Australia: A Snapshot
Expected Major Annual and Irregular Releases
Entry points to the ABS ACT office


Welcome to this issue of ABStract, the final for 2004. Once again, a large range of data has been released by the ABS since the last newsletter. Highlights of a selection of the data releases are contained within. As usual, we have listed some of the upcoming releases at the back of the newsletter.

At the beginning of September our compendium of interesting facts and figures about the ACT, ACT in Focus 2004, (cat.no 1307.8) was released. The range of data has been expanded, particularly with the inclusion of additional non-ABS sources. The publication covers every facet of life in the ACT, from the economy and government, to health, welfare, education and tourism. There is also a chapter on the surrounding region. Copies of ACT in Focus 2004 (and previous editions) are available from the bookshop (Office Hours: 9am to 4.30pm Mon to Fri,  Level 5, QBE Insurance Building, 33 Ainslie Avenue, Canberra City, Ph. (02) 6207 0326, Fax (02) 6207 0282 ).

Those who use the ABS website will notice that it has recently been upgraded. Improvements include better navigation, more meaningful links, greater consistency between pages, more effective search and redesigned appearance.

Inside this issue there is a reminder about ABS Information Consultancy services. The ABS has a large range of data on a variety of subjects, with not all data released in publications. Information not published can be made available on request, by contacting one of our consultants. See inside for more information and contact details.

Finally, one of the key releases recently has been from the 2003 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (cat. no 4430.0). As suggested by the title, the survey collected information in three main areas of disability, older persons and people who provide assistance to those with a disability. Data from this survey can be obtained by contacting the bookshop.

Tracy Stewart
Regional Director, ACT
Australian Bureau of Statistics

The annual ABS publication Australian Capital Territory in Focus (cat. no. 1307.8) is a valuable reference tool for people who want the history and nature of the ACT at their fingertips. The 2004 issue was released on September 6.

The publication provides a detailed statistical review of the social, demographic and economic characteristics of the ACT by drawing on a wide range of statistics compiled by the ABS and other organisations.

ACT in Focus provides an analysis of important and interesting aspects of life in the ACT. It includes information on the environment, government, economy, people, education, labour market, business, housing, tourism, the Australian Capital Region and more.

Some of the highlights include:
  • Canberrans were younger than Australians as a whole
  • the January 2003 bushfires burnt 70% (165,000 hectares) of the ACT land area
  • despite an increase in population, Canberrans used less water in 2002-03 than 2001-02
  • the sexually transmitted disease, Chlamydia, was the most reported communicable disease in the
    ACT in 2003
  • the highest proportion of people using the Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) in 2002-03 were aged between
    20 and 24 years
  • in 2001, the ACT had the lowest rate of homelessness of all states and territories
  • the majority of the ACT population aged 18 years and over reported that they had attended at least one cultural venue or event during 2002
  • in 2003 overnight domestic visitors to the ACT were more likely to come to visit friends and relatives than for holiday or leisure.

For further information or to order a copy of the publication please contact Victoria Allen on (02) 6207 0277 or <victoria.allen@abs.gov.au>

ACT Public Servants have immediate access to the latest ABS statistical data and publications from their computer desktops. ABS@ACT Government is an online statistical resource that has been available to all ACT Government staff since April 2003.

What is ABS@

ABS@ is an electronic container of ABS publications and other data sets and related information which has been developed for use within the ACT Government's intranet. Information in the container is updated daily to allow staff to have access to the latest ABS statistics at their desktop.

ABS@ was developed to increase usage and awareness of ABS data to support informed decision making, research and discussion within government. The ABS is Australia's largest publisher of economic and social information.

ABS@ACT Government contains:
  • all ABS publications in electronic form from 1998 onwards
  • time series data in spreadsheet format
  • basic Community Profiles at the Statistical Local Area level and above for all of Australia (from the 1996 and 2001 Censuses of Population and Housing).
  • selected multi-dimensional datasets in SuperTABLE format
  • Australia Now, a national statistical profile based on Year Book Australia
  • the ABS Statistical Concepts Library
  • the ABS Catalogue of Publications and Products
  • Daily Release Advices
  • a special ACT Government section for sharing ABS and non-ABS information and statistical consultancies with other ACT Government agencies
  • Links to the ABS web site.

To access the service ACT Government staff simply use their web browser, type in HALE and then click on the ABS logo. This will give you access to all the features of the ABS@ACT Government product.

For more information or to arrange free introductory training in the use of ABS@ACT Government, please contact Sue Spearritt on (02) 6207 0484 or email <sue.spearritt@abs.gov.au>

Information Consultancy: tailored information for better decision making.

The ABS' ACT Office has a team of consultants available to answer all your statistical enquiries on a fee for service basis.

When you need objective information and informed decisions, ABS has the solution. With access to Australia's largest and most comprehensive range of statistical data, our specialists are sure to help you find what you need.

Our Information Consultancy service gives you access to all of the ABS' information including demographic, social, health and environmental statistics, as well as economic survey data.

Information Consultancy service will provide you with the information you need, tailored to your time frame and budget.

Our ABS consultants can:
  • provide tailored reports containing tables, commentary, graphs and maps, which highlight the characteristics of your target market
  • customise demographic and other data for planning service delivery
  • provide data for the most recent period available or on a time series basis

To discuss your information needs, contact ABS consultants on 6207 0326.

The ABS' Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre (RRSNC) is continuing its analysis of the Australian Taxation Office's personal income tax dataset.
Over the last year two publications and several data cubes have been released, continuing the series of regional wage and salary earner estimates compiled from the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) Individual Income Tax Return database.

Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia, 2000-01, Electronic Publication (cat. no. 5673.0.55.001) presents the latest available data for 2000-01, highlighting average wage and salary incomes across various regions including local government areas. The associated data cubes, mostly at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) level, provide various cross-tabulations of the characteristics of wage and salary earners such as age, sex, income and occupation.

The publication Characteristics of Wage and Salary Earners in Regions of Australia, 2000-01, Electronic Publication (cat. no. 6261.0.55.001) provides an analysis of the characteristics of wage and salary earners, for the year 2000-01, using the Remoteness Structure contained within the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). Major differences in the characteristics of employees living in urban, regional and remote parts of Australia are highlighted. These provide interesting information about the diversity of employees in different parts of the nation. (Note: The Remoteness Structure has been designed to provide an alternative geographic classification for the dissemination of statistics which enables comparison across five broad regions of Australia that are based on remoteness or distance from services. The five remoteness areas are Major Cities of Australia, Inner Regional Australia, Outer Regional Australia, Remote Australia and Very Remote Australia).

The 2001-02 wage and salary earner tables will be available for release on the ABS website from mid November 2004. It is also envisaged that 2002-03 data will be released early in the new year.

While work to date has focused on wage and salary earners much work has also progressed in compiling other indicators from this tax data and other administrative data sources.

Later this year RRSNC expects to release experimental estimates of the sources of personal income of the population at the regional level. These estimates have been compiled using a combination of aggregated individual income tax data from the ATO and aggregated income support customer data from the Commonwealth Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS). Income received by individuals has been grouped into six main categories: Wage and salary income, Own business income, Investment income, Superannuation and annuity income, Government cash benefit income and Other income.
As the economic well-being of individuals is largely determined by the amount of income they receive, these data should provide valuable information about relative advantage and disadvantage in regions and indicate the level of financial resources available for the population in a region. The source of the income, such as from government pensions, benefits and allowances, also provided information about the contribution of such payments to total income in regions. This type of data cannot be readily obtained from any other source at the small area level and should provide valuable information not previously available.
The ABS wishes to acknowledge the support that both the Australian Taxation Office and the Department of Family and Community Services have provided in compiling these estimates. Keep a look out for Information Paper: Experimental Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas, Taxation and Income Support Data, 1995-96 to 2000-01 (cat. no. 6524.0) expected to be released towards the end of November.

For any information about the wage and salary earner estimates, or the impending release of the other indicators, please contact Mark Nowosilskyj on (08) 8237 7358 or email < mark.now@abs.gov.au>.

Four out of five (79%) people who moved to a high growth coastal region during the year prior to the 2001 Census, were aged less than 50 years.

The beach holds an iconic status in our culture. Coastal regions have long been a favourite place for Australians to take their holidays and relax. More recently, researchers have identified an increasing tendency for people to live near the coast.

People move to a new region for many different reasons. The motivation for moving can come from a combination of what researchers sometimes call 'push and pull factors' - those that encourage people to leave a region, and those that attract people to a region. Some of the factors that motivate people to move include seeking a better climate, finding more affordable housing, looking for work or retiring from work, leaving the congestion of city living, wanting a more pleasant environment, and wanting to be near to family and friends. In reality many complex factors and personal reasons may interact to motivate a person or family to move.

The expansion of coastal urban development has placed increasing pressure on the natural environment through problems such as habitat loss, waste disposal and pollution. In addition, the increasing coastal population brings with it both social and economic changes. For example, increased population may place extra pressure on the existing infrastructure of schools, hospitals and other social services, but the increased rate revenue might fund improvements in these services. Either way, the influx of a large number of people over time will radically change a community.

This extract was taken from the feature article in the ABS publication Australian Social Trends 2004 (cat. no. 4102.0) which used the 2001 Census of Population and Housing to examine the characteristics of people who moved to a high growth coastal region during the year before the 2001 Census feature article. 

Australian Social Trends 2004 is available for purchase at the ABS Bookshop in Civic. For more information contact the Bookshop on 6207 0326.

This publication presents a summary of results from the Survey of Disability, Ageing, and Carers (SDAC) which was conducted by the ABS between June and November 2003.

The main objective of the survey was to collect information about three population groups:
  • people with a disability
  • older people (i.e. those aged 60 years and over)
  • people who provide assistance to people with a disability and older people (i.e. carers).

For people with a disability and older people, the publication provides information about aspects such as:
  • nature and length of condition (people with a disability)
  • need for, and receipt of, assistance
  • income and employment
  • computer and internet use.

And for carers:
  • type of care they provided
  • their relationship to the main recipient
  • effect on their lives
  • weekly hours and income.

Some state and territory level information is included - a wider range will be available in late 2004.

This is the second ABS survey on this topic. The first SDAC was conducted in 1998 and this release provides some comparisons between the two surveys.

The 2003 survey was largely a repeat of the 1998 survey, with some additions to content in the areas of cognitive emotional support, and computer and Internet use. Comparisons with previous ABS disability surveys are also possible.

Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia, Summary of Findings (cat.no. 4430.0) is available for purchase from the ABS bookshop in Civic for $28.00. For more information contact the bookshop on (02) 6207 0326 or log on to <www.abs.gov.au>.

Human capital is an important concept in modern economics and economic policy discourse. Unfortunately, direct measures of human capital stock are available for very few countries. This paper provides experimental measures of human capital stock for Australia. The paper adopts a ‘lifetime labour income approach’, which measures stock of human capital as the discounted present value of expected lifetime labour market income. Expected income streams are derived by using cross-sectional information on labour income, employment rates and school participation rates. This approach also accounts for current schooling activities, where one anticipates improved employment and income prospects.

Using full Australian Census data for 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001, this study provides five snapshots of age-earning profiles for four categories of educational attainment for both men and women over this 20-year period. Based on these age-earnings profiles, this study derives per capita measures of lifetime labour market incomes for each age/sex/education cohort, and applies these per capita measures to the number of people in the corresponding cohort. It then aggregates across all cohorts to estimate the human capital stock for Australia. The study shows a significant increase in Australian human capital stock over the 20-year period, attributable to more educated workers. It also shows the value of human capital stock is significantly greater than that of physical capital. All computations of human capital in this publication represent experimental estimates. ABS welcomes feedback on this study.

For more information please contact Hui Wei in Canberra on (02) 6252 5754 or email <hui.wei@abs.gov.au>.


Released on 24 May 04, this publication presents results of the Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for the years 1997-98 to 2002-03. Work on the TSA has been funded by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources (DITR). Tourism is not an industry in the traditional sense, because industries are classified according to goods and services they produce, whereas tourism depends on the consumer's status. The TSA partitions industries into tourism and non-tourism activities, so tourism's direct contribution to the economy can be measured on a consistent basis with 'traditional' industries.

Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account 2002-03 (cat.no.5249.0 ) is available for purchase at the ABS Bookshop in Civic. For more information contact the Bookshop on 6207 0326 or go to <www.abs.gov.au>.

On 27 September 2004, the ABS released estimates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia from 1991 to 2001, and projections for each year to 2009 in Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (ABS cat. no. 3238.0). These estimates and projections are based on the 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Population estimates for June 2001 also include disaggregation by ATSIC regions, capital city and balance of state, remoteness areas, major population regions and section of state. Separate estimates of the Torres Strait Islander population at June 2001 are also given. Two series of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population projections are provided for Australia and the states and territories. The ABS also released an electronic data cube Experimental Projections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, ATSIC regions, 2001-2009 (ABS cat. no. 3238.0.55.002).

Users interested in Indigenous population statistics are encouraged to read this publication and the ABS Demography Working Paper 2004/3 - Calculating Experimental Life Tables for Use in Population Estimates and Projections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 3106.0.55.003), released on 24 September 2004. This paper describes a new method for developing experimental Indigenous life tables for the period 1996-2001. Due to the small number of registered Indigenous deaths, Indigenous life tables were not produced for Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. For these two jurisdictions, a combined life table for New South Wales and Victoria for 1996-01 was assumed to apply.

For more information please contact Shahidullah on (02) 6252 5129 or <m.shahidullah@abs.gov.au>.

The ABS publication, Sexual Assault in Australia: A Statistical Overview (cat. no. 4523.0), released recently, provides an analysis of currently available information across the field of sexual assault and will form part of an information base to assist policy makers in planning service delivery, planning and targeting other program delivery, and for evaluation of programs. Data have principally been drawn from ABS sources, with the inclusion of some data from other sources.

The statistical overview followed the publication in August 2003 of an ABS Information paper, Sexual Assault Information Development Framework (cat. no. 4518.0), which outlined the priority needs of users for statistical information about sexual assault and identified the current supply of information that might satisfy that demand. Funding for these projects was provided through the National Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault, an initiative administered by the Australian Government Office of the Status of Women.

In the data presented, a picture of sexual assault in Australia emerges where some population groups are more affected than others, most incidents are not reported to police, and many victims do not utilise available services which provide responses to sexual assault.

Sexual Assault in Australia: A Statistical Overview (cat. no. 4523.0) is available for purchase at the ABS Bookshop in Civic. For more information contact the Bookshop on 6207 0326 or go to <www.abs.gov.au>.

Two articles: Asthma in Australia: A Snapshot (cat. no. 4819.0.55.001) and Diabetes in Australia: A Snapshot (cat. no. 4820.0.55.001), were released on the ABS web site in April 2004.

Asthma in Australia: A Snapshot covers topics such as the prevalence of asthma, managing asthma, quality of life and hospitalisation, using data from the 2001 National Health Survey and other data sources.

For further information contact Lishani Naidu on (02) 6525 6391 or <lishani.naidu@abs.gov.au>.

Diabetes in Australia: A Snapshot provides a brief overview of the differentials in prevalence, risk factors, actions taken after diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, and resultant conditions from diabetes mellitus, using data from the 2001 ABS National Health Survey.

A study is also made of the health of persons aged 45 years and over, comparing those in the population diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, with the rest of that age group. The article also draws on data from the ABS Causes of Death collection.

For further information contact Jane Griffin-Warwicke on (02) 6252 6535 or <jane.griffin-warwicke@abs.gov.au>.

This publication presents statistics on selected characteristics and behaviours of people aged 18 years and over who report good health or better. Characteristics presented include demographic and socio-economic indicators and the presence (or absence) of selected long-term conditions. Behaviours considered include use of health services, smoking, alcohol consumption, participation in exercise, and for those in the workforce, usual hours worked, and days absent from work due to their own ill health.

Characteristics of People Reporting Good or Better Health, 2001 (cat. no. 4828.0.55.001) is available for purchase at the ABS Bookshop in Civic. For more information contact the Bookshop on 6207 0326 or go to <www.abs.gov.au>.

This new publication, released 16 June 2004, is a guide for users undertaking comparison of selected health risk factors across National Health Surveys (NHS) of 1989-90, 1995 and 2001. To enable users to check against their own analysis, crude rates are presented from each survey for alcohol consumption, body mass index (BMI), exercise level, and smoking status. In some instances, there has been a change over time in question wording or associated inclusions, exclusions and prompts. A provisional reliability assessment of the NHS time series is given for each selected risk factor from both the trend in risk factor prevalence and questionnaire differences. This information may help inform decisions on the suitability of using data for particular risk factors for analysis over time. Throughout the paper are general comments based on ABS experience in survey development, results of testing, and a preliminary examination of results.

The 2001 NHS collected information about the health status of Australians, their use of health services and facilities, and health-related aspects of their lifestyle. State level output exists. Surveys conducted by the ABS in 1977-78 and 1983, while not part of the NHS series, also collected information similar to that obtained in the National Health Surveys. The NHS is expected to be collected every three years.

For more information Contact Josie Barac on Canberra (02) 6252 6415 or email <josie.barac@abs.gov.au>.

Cardiovascular Disease in Australia: A Snapshot, 2001, released 16 June 2004, provides a brief overview of prevalence, risk factors, hospitalisations and morbidity trends for cardiovascular disease in Australia using data from the 2001 ABS National Health Survey and 2002 Causes of Death publication.

For more information Jane Griffin-Warwicke on Canberra (02) 6252 6535 or email <jane.griffin-warwicke@abs.gov.au>.
CANCER IN AUSTRALIA: A SNAPSHOT, 2001 (cat. no. 4822.0.55.001)

Cancer in Australia: A Snapshot, 2001 (cat.no.4822.0.55.001)

Cancer in Australia: A Snapshot, 2001, released 1 September 2004, provides a brief overview of the differentials in prevalence and incidence of types of cancer suffered, cancer screening practices, trends in morbidity and mortality in Australia. Data regarding persons living outside hospitals, nursing and convalescent homes and hospices in Australia are provided from the 2001 National Health Survey, while other data is provided from both ABS and other sources.

For more information Contact Saul Flaxman on Canberra (02) 6252 5782 or email <saul.flaxman@abs.gov.au>.

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Please contact Bill Syms on 02 6207 0285 or <bill.syms@abs.gov.au>


1301.0     Year book Australia, 2005 (January)

1301.0.30.001  Year book Australia on CD-ROM, 2005 (January)

1309.0     Australia at a Glance, 2005 (January)

1329.0     Australian Wine and Grape Industry, 2004 (January)


2008.0       2006 Census of Population and Housing:  Nature and Content, 2006 (February)


3301.0     Births, Australia, 2003 (November)

3303.0     Causes of Death, Australia, 2003 (December)

3306.0.55.001  Marriages, 2003 (December)

3311.0.55.001  Demography, Australia, 2003 (January)

3311.8.55.001  Demography, Australian Capital Territory, 2003 (January)


4130.0.55.001  Housing Occupancy and Costs, Australia, 2002-03 (January)

4221.0       Schools, Australia,  2004 (February)

4390.0.15.001  Private Health Establishments: Acute and Psychiatric Hospitals Data on Floppy Disk, 2002-3 (November)

4390.0.15.002  Private Health Establishments: Free Standing Day Hospital Facilities Data on Floppy Disk, 2002-3 (November)

4390.0.40.001  Private Health Establishments: Acute and Psychiatric Hospitals Data Report on Hardcopy, 2002-3 (November)

4390.0.40.002  Private Health Establishments: Free Standing Day Hospital Facilities  Data Report on Hardcopy, 2002-3 (November)

4430.8.40.001  Disability, Ageing and Carer's, Summary Tables, ACT, 2003 (November )

4517.0     Prisoners in Australia, 2004 (December)

4519.0     Criminal Courts, Australia, 2003-04 (January)

4525.0     National Criminal Justice Statistical Framework, 2004 (December)

4825.0.55.001  Injury in Australia: A Snapshot, 2001 (January)

4905.0.55001  Mature Age Persons Statistical Report Jan 2005 (December)

8916.0     Cancer in Australia, 2001 (January)


5204.0     Australian System of National Accounts, 2003-04 (November)

5220.0     Australian National Accounts: State Accounts, 2003-04 (November)

5338.0     Balance of Payments, Australia: Supplementary Country Statistics, 2002 (January)

5514.0     Australian System of Government Finance Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2004 (December)


6351,0.55.001  Labour Price Index: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2004 (December)

6523.0     Household Income and Income Distribution, 2003-04 (November)

6541.0.30.001  Income and Housing Costs Survey, Australia:  Confidentialised Unit Record File on CD-ROM, 2002-03 (February)


7121.0.55.002  Agricultural Survey, Apples and Pears, Australia, 2003-04 (February)

7501.0     Value of Principle Agricultural Commodities Produced, Australia, Preliminary, 2003-04 (December)


8155.0     Australian Industry, 2001-02 and 2002-03 (December)

8158.0     Innovation in Australian business, 2003 (November)

8221.0     Manufacturing Industry, Australia, 2001-02 and 2002-03 (December)

8683.0     Casinos, Australia, 2003-04 (December)

8772.0     Private Sector Construction Industry, Australia, 2002-03 (December)

This listing shows a selection of ABS publications expected to be released over the coming quarter. The expected month of release is shown in brackets. Release dates may vary from those shown. Current publications and other products released by the ABS are listed in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat. no. 1101.0) which is available from any ABS office or the ABS web site <https://www.abs.gov.au>. The web site also provides daily release information.



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Regional Director: Tracy Stewart    (02) 6207 0283

Assistant Director: Alan Masters    (02) 6207 0286

 Assistant Director: Brent Perkins     (02) 6207 0244

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