4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Mar 2006  
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Request for sources of data about migrants

The ABS is developing a Directory of Migrant Statistics. It is expected that this directory will provide researchers with a ready reference to Australian sources of statistical information (held by public, private or academic bodies) which relate to migrants and their descendants.

The ABS needs your help! If you are aware of any data sources which may be relevant, we would like to hear from you.

Suitable data sources would include statistical collections and administrative data, either directly related to migration issues or containing migrant-related variables such as Country of birth, Year/Period of Arrival, Citizenship, Ancestry, Language spoken at home and Birthplace of mother/father among others.

Please contact Simon McMahon on (08) 8237 7490 <simon.mcmahon@abs.gov.au> or Andrew Middleton on (08) 8237 7306 <andrew.middleton@abs.gov.au> if you have any information about suitable data sources.

Release of National Health Survey data

Data from the triennial National Health Survey was released on 27 February 2006 in the publication National Health Survey: Summary of Results, 2004-05 (cat. no. 4364.0) which is freely available on the ABS Web site. Along with a wealth of health-related data, this publication includes information about exercise levels, self-assessed health status and injuries (with sports-related injuries being separately identified).

Year Book Australia 2006 out now

The Year Book Australia 2006 is a comprehensive source of information about Australia. The latest issue is presented in one package with CD-ROM, making it great value for money. Order your copy online, or telephone 1300 135 070, and have your credit card details ready.

More free data now available online

You can now access the full range of electronic ABS data free of charge on www.abs.gov.au.

Download an expanded range of data from the ABS web site including

  • electronic publications (PDF and HTML based content)
  • Census Community Profiles down to Collection District level
  • time series spreadsheets
  • other spreadsheets and data cubes.

Printed copies of publications and Census maps are still available and can be purchased either online using our
e-commerce facility or by calling 1300 135 070.

New look for www.abs.gov.au

The ABS web site has changed. We asked our web site users and, with their help, we've built a better site. The new design is easier for you to use and navigate.

The new look site provides
  • improved navigation - the introduction of consistent, global navigation and ‘Quick Links’
  • more meaningful terminology - clearer language to help you navigate
  • greater consistency
  • improved Search facility now available from every page.

Key features include
  • corporate information navigator
  • statistical information navigators
  • left-hand navigator - ’Quick links’
  • product and media releases
  • right-hand navigator - National Regional Profiles
  • right-hand navigator - other information.

More information is available at www.abs.gov.au.