1504.0 - Methodological News, Dec 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/12/2007   
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Children and Youth Statistical Portal

The Children and Youth Statistical Portal was released on 8 October 2007. The Portal is a pilot project for the National Data Network (NDN), an online research and collaboration tool developed by an ABS-led consortium of federal government, state bodies and research organisations.

Contributions to the information resources available through the Portal came from a number of organisations including Medicare Australia, the Institute of Criminology, the Telethon Institute of Child Health Research, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Australian Bureau of Statistics. There are currently over 500 information resources accessible through the Portal, and this number is expected to grow over the coming months as more organisations join the project.

The Portal also contains a discussion forum to enable custodians, researchers and users to identify, discuss and where possible, resolve issues impacting on the visibility and accessibility of statistical information resources in this field. Three discussion topics were released with the portal to initiate community discussion and activity.

The NDN aims to improve the accessibility and use of all Australian statistics - the Children and Youth Portal is just one of a number of similar, topic-based portals planned under the NDN.

"We want statistics to be widely available, and for Australians to be able to use or benefit from their use," said Steve Matheson, Branch Head, National Statistical Service Leadership Branch, "and we encourage people to try the portal and work with us to help decide its future direction".

The Children and Youth statistical portal is accessible from the link on the ABS home page <www.abs.gov.au>, or go straight to:

For more information about the Portal, contact Lorraine Cornehls on (02) 6252 6079. If you have any queries about the NDN, call the NDN Business Office on (02) 6252 5875.