About the Directory of Statistical Sources

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The Directory of Statistical Sources.

A considerable amount of statistical information is collected and held by a variety of government and other agencies, including the ABS. However, users may have a limited awareness of the existence or availability of these data. Consequently, in recent years the ABS has increased efforts to improve user awareness of, and access to, this statistical information.

The Directory of Statistical Sources has been developed to provide a useful on-line tool for data users to identify and access reference information about ABS statistical collections. The Directory enables users to access data through links to current outputs from these collections.

The Directory allows users access to collection information in three ways - by topic, by geographic level and by source organisation. It provides a list of collections relevant to areas of interest according to the access method used.

What is a Statistical Source?

A Statistical Source describes how an organisation like the ABS collects statistical information and the detail of the statistics collected. Information for a Statistical Source includes reference material about the collection, such as purpose, scope and coverage, and summary information about the various data items.

Further Information.

For general information inquiries, please contact the National Information Referral Centre on 1300 135 070 or email client.services@abs.gov.au