Welcome to the new ABS website

Find out about the transformation of our website, how it works, and how we will continually improve

About our new website

Our new website is designed to make it easier for you to find the data you need. Some of the changes we have made will impact the way you access our information.

The launch of the new website is only the beginning. We are committed to the continual improvement of your website experience.

This page will be regularly updated based on your questions, feedback and upcoming updates.

Improvements we have made

  • key statistics more prominent
  • clear and easy pathways to statistics
  • language is easier to understand
  • interactive graphs and tables
  • improved accessibility
  • green tick to indicate latest release

What we are hearing from you

  • Release calendar - You told us that you found the monthly calendar view of our upcoming releases very useful.  We have reinstated the monthly calendar from our old site while we work on a better solution for you. This calendar will be kept up to date with any release date changes.
  • ABS Catalogue Numbers - We are hearing that some of you miss our catalogue numbers.  We have now added them to the bottom of every topic page and we are working on improving our search results.  We encourage you to continue to provide your feedback on the impacts of this change. 
  • Sample Size Calculator - We underestimated how much you liked this feature on our old website.  We have reinstated it and will add links to it on our navigation pages soon.
  • ABS.Stat (Beta) link - Looks like we made it hard to find ABS.Stat (Beta) on our new site.  We have now added a link to it to the footer of most pages.

Improvements we are still making

  • There are few inconsistencies in formatting on pages. We are working to have this resolved as soon as possible. 
  • We are continuing to develop search for the new website and it may not provide optimal results initially. 
  • Downloading all data for a release - we understand this is an important feature. We are working to have the ability to download all spreadsheets for each release.

Browser compatibility

For the best website experience and improved online security, we recommend using the following desktop browsers.

The most current and previous two versions of these browsers are currently supported.

  • Google Chrome
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari

Changes to our web address structure

We have updated our web address structures to make them more predictable and user friendly.

You will need to update your bookmarks, macros and systems. You can see examples of the new web address structures below.

How to navigate to a topic page

Format: abs.gov.au/statistics/theme/parent-topic/topic/latest-release 

Example: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/economy/national-accounts/australian-national-accounts-national-income-expenditure-and-product/latest-release

Note: This added feature of latest-release allows you to bookmark a specific topic URL and always be taken to the latest statistics

How to navigate to a specific reference period

How to navigate to a downloadable file

Format: abs.gov.au/statistics/theme/parent-topic/topic/latest-release/filename.xls

Example: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/labour/employment-and-unemployment/labour-force-australia/latest-release/6202001.xls

Note: The use of latest-release in the above format is only intended for Time Series Spreadsheets, and may not work for other file types. Any file name containing a reference period component cannot be bookmarked using latest-release

Example: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/industry/building-and-construction/building-activity-australia/jun-2020/87520DO001_202006.xls

PDFs

We have stopped releasing content into PDF format. We have done this to ensure our website is accessible to everyone, including those using screen readers. All information is still available and you can save or print a page.

Catalogue numbers

Catalogue numbers will no longer appear in release titles. You can still search for releases using catalogue numbers. When a title of a release has changed we will ensure it is clearly labelled.

We have updated our guidance on citing to help with referencing data.

Previously released content

Previous releases and historical content are still available. You can easily access a previous release through the current release of a topic, or by searching for a specific reference period. This content is clearly marked with archive branding. This is to assist you to know you have landed on the right page.

Application Programming Interface (API)

Data APIs enable fast access to ABS statistics by using machine to machine 'API calls'. These calls return statistics in a machine friendly format so that you can integrate data into your own systems as they are released.

ABS Data API (beta) is available for early testing:

  • ABS Data API (beta) allows you to request detailed ABS statistics including economic, social and Census data. Customise your query to return only the data and meta data you need, in the format you want.
  • ABS Headline API (beta) allows you to headline economic statistics from the ABS, including Australia's key economic indicators. All datasets are small, containing only the most in-demand data, so responses are returned as fast as possible.


To register your details to become an early testing, please get in contact with us at api.data@abs.gov.au.

Time series data

The ABS is continuing to produce time series spreadsheets with existing time series identifiers. The structure of these spreadsheets won't change, however, some links to explanatory content and visual branding may be different.

The website address to access these files has changed. Please refer to 'Changes to our web address structure' section above.

TableBuilder

TableBuilder is our online tool for creating your own tables, graphs and maps using ABS microdata. All TableBuilder products are still available.

DataLab

DataLab is the analysis solution for high-end users who want to undertake real time complex analysis of microdata. DataLab is still available.

Website feedback

We encourage you to provide your feedback as we continue to improve our website into the future. You can provide feedback using the feedback buttons. These are located on the right-hand side of each page and within the page footer.

We are here to help

If you have any questions about the changes, you can contact us at newabswebsite@abs.gov.au.