1392.0 - Statistical News SA, Dec 2008  
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ABS Indigenous Engagment Manager

In 2004 the ABS established an Indigenous Community Engagement Strategy (ICES) which aims to improve the return of information to the Indigenous community, resulting in an increased quality and relevance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics.

Indigenous Engagement Managers (IEMs) are responsible for driving the ICES and are located in ABS offices across Australia. The role of the IEMs is to enhance ABS' engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. Some of the responsibilities of an IEM include:

  • engaging with Indigenous communities through collaborative partnerships to increase understanding of, and participation in, ABS collections
  • returning information to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, including the provision of statistical training to communities in order to increase their access and use of ABS information
  • improving the quality and relevance of Indigenous statistics for key stakeholders, including meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Mr Ivan Copley, a descendant of the Peramangk people of the Mount Lofty Ranges and the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains, is the IEM for South Australia.

For more information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics visit the Indigenous theme page of the ABS website or call Ivan Copley on 08 8237 7437.
SA Stats (cat. no. 1345.4)

SA Stats provides an overview of the South Australian population and economy. This publication is updated on a monthly basis, with most releases also featuring an article that provides a South Australian focus on economic, social and environmental issues.

SA Stats, September 2008

September's feature article highlights suburbs in Adelaide which are relatively advantaged and disadvantaged as measured by the Socio-economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA). The article shows that Adelaide has an over-representation of disadvantaged areas compared to the rest of Australia and an under-representation of advantaged areas. The article also includes a case study on the suburb of Adelaide, demonstrating how a suburb can have a different level of relative advantage and disadvantage depending on which SEIFA index is used.

SA Stats, October 2008

The feature article for October provides an overview of the CPI for Adelaide in comparison to other capital cities. It presents data for the decade to the June quarter 2008, with emphasis on the expenditure groups and classes that have particularly contributed to growth in the CPI for Adelaide.

SA Stats, November 2008

People move location for various reasons. They may move for a job or to study, for better education opportunities for their children, or simply for a change of lifestyle. Understanding the changes, either the net population change or population turnover, is important for planning infrastructure and services, and can help in showing how the characteristics of regions change over time.

This article looks at population turnover in Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) within South Australia. It uses data from the Census of Population and Housing (Census) to identify the SLAs with the highest population turnover and examines the characteristics of the Adelaide (C) SLA in more detail.
Perspectives on Regional Australia: Population Turnover, 2006 (First Issue) (cat. no. 1380.0.55.005)

This publication is the fifth in a series with a particular focus on regional Australia. It uses data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing to outline the extent of population turnover across Australia, at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) geographical level, between August 2001 and August 2006.

The publication includes SLAs with the highest and lowest estimated population turnover as well as case studies of selected SLAs in each state and territory. The case studies illustrate how Census data can be used to investigate differences in the characteristics of people arriving in, departing from, and staying in a particular SLA.

The case study for South Australia is Roxby Downs.
Australian National Accounts: State Accounts, 2007-08 (cat. no. 5220.0)

This publication contains state and territory estimates of gross domestic product (referred to as gross state product (GSP)) and its components, in current price and chain volume terms, for the years 1998-99 to 2007-08.

The estimates in this publication are consistent with those published for Australia in the 2007-08 issue of Australian System of National Accounts (cat. no. 5204.0)

Agricultural State Profile, South Australia, 2006-07 (cat. no. 7123.4.55.001)

This publication provides an overview of the agricultural industry in South Australia and is ideal for school students' project work. It covers farm numbers, agricultural production and the state's agricultural contribution to the economy. It also includes mapped data, historical data from 1861 and data provided at the Statistical Divison level.

Selected findings include:
  • More than half of South Australia's land area was used for agricultural activity.
  • Gross Value of agricultural production was $3.7 billion with the Murray Lands Statistical Division accounting for more than $1.2 billion.
  • South Australia had the largest vineyard area and greatest grape production of any state and the second largest citrus industry.
  • South Australia produced 91,000 tonnes of onions; the highest of all states. Almost 70% of these were grown in the Murray Lands Statistical Division.

Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, South Australia, Jun 2008 (cat. no. 8635.4.55.001)

Contained in this publication are results from the on-going quarterly Survey of Tourist Accommodation. Data provide information on the supply of, and demand for, tourist accommodation facillities. Data include number of establishments, capacity and employment for the quarter and occupancy and takings from accommodation for each month, by type of establishment and by star grading.

This is a useful reference for policy makers and industry monitors and advisers. Information is presented for each state/territory and Australia and by Tourism Regions as defined by the respective state/territory tourism commissions.