1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, Jun 2009  
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Australian Standard Geographical Classification

Community Indicators Summit

ABS Outpostings


Small Area Estimates of Household Wealth

NSW State and Regional Indicators

State and Regional Indicators, Victoria

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators

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The latest edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (cat. no. 1216.0) is due to be released on 16 September 2009. The ASGC is a classification system designed and maintained by the ABS which divides Australia into geographical areas for the purpose of collecting and disseminating statistics. The publication will provide details of the statistical geography effective at 1 July 2009, including maps of Statistical Divisions, Statistical Subdivisions and Statistical Local Areas.

In 2011 the ABS will replace the ASGC with a new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). For further information refer to the article 'ABS to Replace Statistical Geography in 2011' in the December edition of What's New in Regional Statistics.


In July 2009, the ABS is holding the Community Indicators Summit 09 in Brisbane involving participants from around Australia. The Summit will gather insights into a more coordinated, coherent and consistent approach to the development of indicators relating to community health, well being, sustainability and other social issues.

The Summit is being held in association with the OECD-hosted 'Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies'. The summit outcomes will be presented at the 3rd World Forum on Statistics, Knowledge and Policy 'Charting Progress, Building Visions, Improving Life' which is being held in Busan, Korea from October 27-30, 2009 (www.oecd.org), and is a key milestone in the Global Project.

Developing a more holistic approach to measuring societal progress is gaining impetus around the world and takes into account social and environmental concerns as well as economic ones. The demand for indicators to measure progress at a community level has highlighted the need for a coordinated approach. The Summit will contribute to the process and application of measuring societal progress in Australia, thus improving outcomes for all generations. Practical interactive workshops on the themes of Measuring Australia's Progress, using Community Indicators for Better Local Government, and Wellbeing in Indigenous Communities will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss current issues facing the development and use of Community Indicators, and to contribute ideas for the future.

Representatives from each of the states will be able to share ideas, strategies and contribute to the development of emerging requirements in measuring Australia's progress along with other community indicator practitioners. Speakers at the Summit include:
  • Jon Hall (OECD Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies)
  • Peter Crossman (Assistant Under Treasurer and QLD Government Statistician)
  • Dr Lance Emerson (CEO, Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth)
  • David Tune (Associate Secretary (Domestic Policy) Prime Minister and Cabinet)
  • Leigh Gatt (New Zealand Big Cities Project)

Visit www.nss.gov.au for more information on the Community Indicators Summit and the OECD's Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies or e-mail inquiries@nss.gov.au.


Does your agency require assistance to address its statistical needs? Have you ever considered using an ABS outposting?

The ABS provides both short and long-term outpostings to organisations who have a need for statistical assistance. Outpostings are tailored to suit the needs of the agency in which the ABS officers have been deployed. An outposted officer is one of the best ways the ABS has to provide statistical support to agencies and other organisations.

An ABS officer has recently completed a six month outposting at the School for Social Policy and Research at Charles Darwin University. The outposted officer worked primarily with the Population Studies Group to investigate population mobility in the Northern Territory. They were able to provide support to researchers in the use and understanding of ABS data as well as assisting with statistical analysis and preparing research papers and reports. Not only did this outposting have many benefits for the host agency, but also provided an opportunity to enhance and build new relationships between both agencies.

If you are considering the use of an ABS outposted officer or would like further information about ABS outpostings, email us at client.services@abs.gov.au.

EasyData is a new website developed by the South Australian Department of Trade and Economic Development, with the assistance of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Local Government Association of SA. It provides 'easy-to-use' data about social, environmental and economic indicators at Local Government and State Regional levels. The data will be updated regularly, providing a simple tool to track changes over time. EasyData allows users to save customised regions and indicator sets, which makes it perfect for program planning and evaluation, grant writing and policy decisions.

The EasyData website (www.southaustralia.biz/EasyData) was launched on 18 June, 2009.


The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) have recently released an information paper which presents new statistical information relating to household wealth at a small area scale. The paper also explores the relationship between wealth and income for Australia's cities and regions.

The information paper is accompanied by BITRE's Household wealth database, which includes detailed regional estimates of household wealth and its components. Chapter 11 of the information paper includes regional case studies of Augusta-Margaret River (WA), Gladstone (Qld) and Tasmania which illustrate how the database can be used to profile a region's wealth and wellbeing or to help understand the processes of regional economic growth.

For further information, see Information Paper 63 - Household wealth on the BITRE website.


The second edition of NSW State and Regional Indicators (cat. no. 1338.1) was released on 21 April 2009. This quarterly publication provides a summary of NSW statistical information at State and/or regional level. Included in each chapter is a commentary on statistical highlights which provides analysis and graphs on selected indicators. There are several chapters updated each quarter. New topics in the latest release are: Family and Community, Household Economic Resources and Crime and Justice. Chapters on Population, Education and Training, Housing and Transport will be updated for the next release in July 2009. The publication also includes a Statistics News NSW section which contains short articles on new releases and other events which may be of interest to NSW clients.


State and Regional Indicators, Victoria (cat. no. 1367.2) is a quarterly publication that contains recently released statistical information about Victoria. Data is presented on a range of economic, social and environmental measures and is sourced from ABS and non-ABS collections. The publication includes data at various geographic classification levels including Victoria, Melbourne and the Balance of Victoria down to the Local Government Area level for some series.

The most recent issue (March 2009) was released on 14 May 2009 and contains the feature article 'Measuring Victoria's Population'. This article explains how the ABS derives Estimated Resident Populations (ERP), including the difference in the methodology used for national and state ERPs, and for ERPs for geographic areas below the state level.


Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators (cat. no. 1307.6) is a quarterly publication that provides a summary of Tasmanian statistical information on a wide range of topics. The latest edition was released on 30 April 2009 and contains updated information on three topics (Family and Community, Household Economic Resources and Housing and Construction) as well as the feature article 'What is statistical literacy and why is it important to be statistically literate?'.

Each topic presents summary commentary and includes graphs, maps and tables of data. Excel workbooks with more detailed data at state, regional and local government levels are linked to each topic and some Census and regional tables are included.

The next edition of Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators is due to be released in July 2009 and will include updates to the Population, Education and Transport topics.


2011 Census of Population and Housing

ABS Agriculture Statistics Collection Strategy

ABS Outpostings

Australian Social Trends: Future Population Growth and Ageing

Australian Standard Geographical Classification

Australian Wine and Grape Industry

Community Indicators Summit


Estimates of Personal Income for Small Areas

Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Household Use of Information Technology

Information Paper: Regional Labour Force Statistics

Land Management and Farming in Australia

Motor Vehicle Census

NSW State and Regional Indicators

Persons with Main Source of Income from Own Unincorporated Business

Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia

Regional Population Growth

Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics

Small Area Estimates of Household Wealth

State and Regional Indicators, Victoria

Statistician's Report on the Census

Tasmanian State and Regional Indicators

Water Use on Australian Farms


'What's New in Regional Statistics' is produced by the Rural and Regional Statistics National Centre of the ABS. This newsletter has been prepared as part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics' Regional Statistics Program, to improve the availability of regional and small area data by leading the development of regional statistics and co-ordinating their dissemination. More information is available on the ABS Regional Statistics theme page.

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