4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Jul 2006  
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SELECTED ABS RELEASES

The following listing is a selection of ABS releases published since May 2006 which may be of particular interest to the readers of Age Matters.
A complete listing of all ABS releases is available on the ABS Website.

General
Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables, 1999 (cat. no. 1200.0)
Statistical Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables have been developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to provide a means of standardising the way the ABS and other agencies collect and disseminate information relating to social and labour issues in Australia. The statistical variables to which these standards relate include the labour force, demographic, family, household, income, education, cultural diversity and language variables. Other statistical variables may be included in the future.

Research Paper: Analysis of the Regional Distribution of Relatively Disadvantaged Areas using 2001 SEIFA, June 2006 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.013)
This paper investigates the geographical distribution of disadvantaged areas across Australia. It uses the Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), in particular the Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage, to identify areas with relatively high proportions of people with characteristics associated with low socio-economic status. Relatively disadvantaged areas such as those Census Collection Districts (CDs) in the bottom 5% of index scores are defined.

If disadvantage were equally distributed across Australia, we would expect each geographical region to have similar proportions of people living in disadvantaged CDs. However this is not the case. The majority of people living in disadvantaged CDs are in urban areas and there is a proportional over-representation of disadvantaged CDs in remote areas. Only 2.7% of Australians live in remote or very remote areas but 13.7% of these are in disadvantaged CDs compared with 5.1% of people in major cities.

The distribution of people living in disadvantaged CDs is not equally distributed across states and territories. Over 15% of people in the Northern Territory live in disadvantaged CDs. At the other end of the scale, less than 1% of people in the Australian Capital Territory are in disadvantaged CDs.


Measures of Australia’s Progress: At A Glance, 2006 (cat. no. 1383.0.55.002)
A brief summary of the 15 headline dimensions of Australia’s progress. It provides a national summary of the most important areas of progress, presenting them in a way which can be quickly understood by all Australians. It informs and stimulates public debate and encourages all Australians to assess the bigger picture when contemplating progress.

Census of Population and Housing
Census Data Enhancement Project: An Update, June 2006 (cat. no. 2062.0)
On 18 August 2005, the Australian Statistician announced the intention of the ABS to proceed with the Census data enhancement project to create the Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD) based on a 5% random sample. The modified proposal followed extensive consultations on the original proposal outlined in the Discussion Paper: Enhancing the Population Census: Developing a Longitudinal View (cat. no. 2060.0) and the commissioning of an independent Privacy Impact Assessment.

This release provides an
update of the Census data enhancement project.

Demography
Population Projections, Australia, 2004 to 2101 (Reissue) (cat. no. 3222.0)
This release corrects the projected proportion of the population aged 65 years and over in 2051 (Series C) as shown in the Population Ageing section of the Main Features and reissues the publication. The correct proportion is 28%.

This publication contains projections of Australia’s population by age and sex for the period 2004 - 2101, and projections of the states, territories and capital cities/balances of state for the period 2004 - 2051. Three main series of projections are presented in this publication. The 30 June 2004 figures are revised estimated resident population.

Social Statistics
Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2006 Edition 1 (cat. no. 4156.0)
This release was originally released in hard copy and as a PDF file in November 2003. It was subsequently released in an on-line format on 29 March 2006 with a view to it being progressively updated as more recent data became available. In this edition (2006 Edition 1), the data presented in Chapter 3 has been updated for:

  • Children’s participation in sports and physical recreation
  • Participation in sports and physical recreation by persons with a disability
  • Participation in exercise.

All other data appearing in 2006 Edition 1 is the same as for the original release.

Recent Developments in the Collection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Statistics, 2005 (cat. no. 4704.0.55.001)
Discusses recent developments in the collection and reporting of statistics relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and provides information on the quality of data collected on Indigenous peoples from the Census, surveys and administrative records.

Labour Statistics and Prices
Australian Labour Market Statistics, July 2006 (cat. no. 6105.0)
This publication draws together data from a range of sources, mostly ABS household and business surveys, to provide an overall picture of the labour market. It contains tables of the most recent data available for regular data items.

The publication is also used to release annual data on Indigenous labour force status, and annual supplementary measures of labour underutilisation. It includes a range of feature articles, both analytical and technical, which will assist users in understanding and interpreting the data and will also promote the range of data available from the ABS labour statistics program.


The latest edition of Labour Market Statistics includes a feature article on the Job search experience of unemployed people and interesting article on Labour Force transitions.

Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing: User Guide, 2003-04 (cat. no. 6503.0)
Describes the definitions, concepts, methodology and estimation procedures used in the Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing. It also contains questionnaires, lists of output data items and the Household Expenditure Classification.

Other Agencies’ Products
Australia’s Health, 2006 (cat. no. 8903.0)
The tenth biennial health report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. It is the nation’s authoritative source of information on patterns of health and illness, determinants of health, the supply and use of health services, and health service costs and performance. It is an essential reference and information resource for all Australians with an interest in health.

This publication is produced by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, with an agreement to sell copies through the ABS Bookshop.