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Transmet

Transmet - the Transport Metadata Portal was launched on 31 August 2010 on the NSS website to provide facilities for finding and viewing information about Australian transportation data sets.

The website was established by the ABS in conjunction with the Australian Transportation Data Action Network (ATDAN) - a group comprising of representatives from State and Commonwealth transport agencies.

The purpose of Transmet is to improve the visibility of key Australian transportation data collections as required under the Australian Transport Council's Data Action Plan. Information on the website is provided by data custodians across government agencies, while the ABS provides administrative support.

Information about data sets are in the form of a Metadata statement, which provides a description of the data including purpose, timing, data collection methods, use of standards and classifications and access arrangements. The statements are based on the ABS Data Quality Framework which provides the standards for assessing and reporting on the quality of statistical information. This enables data users to identify not only what data is available and how it can be sourced, but also the relevance to their needs.

Transmet will be reviewed and updated regularly with additional metadata for data sets linked with the implementation of national transportation policies, and the site also provides the means for data custodians to submit relevant metadata.

Transmet is accessible through the NSS website - http://www.nss.gov.au/transportmetadata/index.jsp


Census | beyond the count

A showcase event that explores the issues that matter to all Australians. We will look beyond the count and reveal what a difference the Census makes.

Date; Wednesday 2 to Friday 4 March 2011
Venue; Hilton On The Park - Melbourne

Join us at Census | beyond the count and discover the difference that the Census makes. Registrations are now open!

Registration includes:

  • Access to both days of the Census | beyond the count conference program, including workshops and the Connect with Census area
  • Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on both conference days
  • Canapes and beverages at the Welcome Reception
  • A three course dinner, beverages and entertainment at the Conference Dinner
  • Conference satchel bag

Register before 31 December to lock in the 2010 fee of just $700. The registration fee for 2011 will be $850.

Accommodation for conference attendees

Hilton on the Park - Melbourne is offering attendees of Census | beyond the count a discounted accommodation rate of just $225 per night. This rate is available on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of March. The online accommodation booking system for this special rate will be available shortly.

Exhibition and sponsorship

We are now accepting applications for exhibitors and sponsorship at Census | beyond the count and would like to invite friends and supporters of the Census to take up this opportunity.

If you would like to showcase your organisation at this unique event, please visit the conference website for more information.


Have your say on Census 2011 Products!

Your feedback is sought on our proposed Census Products and Services for the upcoming 2011 Census.

You can see our plans by viewing the information paper on the ABS web site on the Census homepage. (www.abs.gov.au/census)

Mock-ups of our proposed products are also on ABS website in Betaworks, together with a short user survey. (www.abs.gov.au/betaworks)

We welcome your comments and feedback and look forward to hearing from you. Your feedback will help us to ensure the 2011 Census is an overwhelming success!

If you need clarification or more information, please send email to census.software@abs.gov.au


2011 Census Countdown



For more information about the planning for the 2011 Census, please see the brochure 2011 Census of Population and Housing Local & Regional Engagement Strategy (cat. no. 2911.0.55.001) or contact the Queensland Census Management Unit on 1800 334 696.


Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2010

Culture and Recreation News, Sep 2010 (cat. no. 4147.4.55.001) was released on 17 September 2010.

This publication is the half-yearly newsletter of the National Centre for Culture and Recreation Statistics (NCCRS). The newsletter highlights developments in arts and cultural heritage and sports and recreation statistics and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field.

Culture and Recreation News is available through a free email notification service - for further details on how to subscribe, see Contact Details. We welcome your views and suggestions for Culture and Recreation News. Please email comments to us at nccrs@abs.gov.au.


Methodological News, Sep 2010

Methodological News,Sep 2010 (cat. no. 1504.0) was released on 29 September 2010.

This publication is a quarterly information bulletin from the Methodology and Data Management Division. The newsletter features articles and developments in relation to work done with the division.

Features in this issue include:
  • Research into Editing Categorical Data in Business surveys
  • Progress on the Remote Execution Environment for Microdata Project
  • A report on the Paris Microdata Workshop and
  • Making Quality Visible Updata - Data Quality online


Methodological News, Dec 2010

Methodological News, Dec 2010 (cat. no. 1504.0) was released on 9 December 2010.

Features in this issue include:
  • Benchmarking Small Area Estimates
  • Modelling Business Provider Response Behaviour: A Survival Analysis Approach
  • Methods for Imputing Age in the Census
  • Progress with the Annual Integrated Collection Review
  • Dealing with a Break in Series - Job Vacancies
  • Quality Gates for the Mitigation of Statistical Risk


Education News, October 2010

Education News, October 2010 (cat. no. 1330.0) was released on 6 October 2010.

This publication is designed to keep teachers and students up to date with ABS resources and data that is relevant to the school sector.

Some items include:
  • CensusAtSchool news
  • Stats Quest: We Want Your Students Work for Our Community Pages
  • An idea for the classroom - mathematics
  • International Statistics Poster competition


Migrant Statistics News, Oct 2010

Migrant Statistics News, Oct 2010 (cat. no. 3413.0) was released on 18 October 2010.

This publication is the half-yearly newsletter of the National Migrant Statistics Unit. The newsletter highlights developments in migrant and ethnicity related statistics, and provides relevant information for researchers, policy makers, service providers and others with an interest in this field.


Demography News, Nov 2010

Demography News, Nov 2010 (cat. no. 3106.0) was released on 16 November 2010.

This newsletter provides information about the latest demographic research and analysis being undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Demographic statistics provide measures of the Australian population, its size, growth, composition and geographic distribution, as well as the components that shape population change: births, deaths and migration. Items featured in this issue include the new ABS geography portal, recent releases and more.


A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy, 2010

A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy, 2010 (cat. no. 1500.0) was released on 20 October 2010.

There in an increasing emphasis within Australia, and internationally, on the importance of using good statistical information when making policy decisions. The 'Guide for Using Statistics for Evidence Based Policy' provides an overview of how data can be used to make well informed policy decisions, and includes the following information:
  • What is evidence based decision making?
  • How good statistics can enhance the decision making process
  • Using statistics for making evidence based decisions
  • Data awareness
  • Understanding statistical concepts
  • Analysing and evaluating statistical information
  • Communicating statistical findings
  • Evaluating policy outcomes.


Australian Bureau of Statistics -- Annual Report, 2009-10

Australian Bureau of Statistics -- Annual Report, 2009-10 (cat. no. 1001.0) was released on 27 October 2010.

This publication reports on the operations of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Special articles included in this issue are: Developments in data integration and 100 years of Census.


Australian Statistics Advisory Council - Annual Report, 2009-10

Australian Statistics Advisory Council - Annual Report, 2009-10 (cat. no. 1002.0) was released on 27 October 2010.

This publication outlines the functions and activities of the Australian Statistics Advisory Council.


Research Paper: Sample Design Frameworks for ABS Household Surveys (Methodology Advisory Committee), Jun 2010

Research Paper: Sample Design Frameworks for ABS Household Surveys (Methodology Advisory Committee), Jun 2010 (cat. no. 1352.0.55.108) was released on 23 November 2010.

This publication looks at the sampling framework used for ABS household surveys which for many years has been based around a single master sample of geographic areas selected after the five-yearly Population Census.

The areas in the master sample are divided into finer blocks, with one block providing sample for the Monthly Population Survey (MPS), and a 'parallel' block used for a diverse range of large-scale social surveys, collectively referred to as Special Social Surveys (SSSs). Although the sample design parameters for the master sample have been tailored to the key MPS objectives, there is sufficient flexibility in parallel block sample designs that nearly all SSSs have used the parallel blocks. Growing demand for SSSs to meet a more diverse range of objectives may mean that there will be more surveys for which the parallel block will be less suitable. In addition, changes to the ABS geography standard and new methods and systems for sample preparation and maintenance reduce the cost advantage of tightly coupled samples for the MPS and SSSs. Considering these changes, alternative frameworks may be clearly superior for the future SSS program. This paper compares some alternative sampling frameworks for ABS household surveys, describing key sample design issues which need to be considered.


Research Paper: The Use of Scores to Detect and Prioritise Anomalous Estimates (Methodology Advisory Committee), Nov 2009

Research Paper: The Use of Scores to Detect and Prioritise Anomalous Estimates (Methodology Advisory Committee), Nov 2009 (cat. no. 1352.0.55.104) was released on 23 November 2010.

This paper provides an overview of scores used in macro-editing and presents some new scores based on significance criteria. Problems with macro-editing scoring methodologies due to the effect of swamping and masking are discussed. A review of the well-known Hidiroglou-Berthelot edit is provided within a significance editing context. After a brief summary of work done by the U.S. Census Bureau on several score-based methods, the paper introduces the concept of significance for macro-editing and outlines a macro significance editing framework based on an extension of the existing micro significance editing framework used within the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Some results from empirical comparisons between a proposed macro significance editing application called hierarchical macro-editing and several variants of the Hidiroglou-Berthelot macro-edit are discussed. The paper finishes with a summary of findings and recommendations for developing score-based macro-editing for business surveys conducted by the ABS.


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