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2006 Victorian Census UpdateThe Census of Population and Housing is just around the corner, and ABS has been busy recruiting Census field staff and consulting with Victorian communities to ensure the 8 August event is a resounding success. In Victoria, ABS has recruited 7,000 staff to join the 30,000-strong national team delivering and collecting Census forms to every household on Census Night. ABS has also been working closely with Government agencies and community organisations around Victoria to ensure everyone is fully informed about the five-yearly event.
On 12 April, Melbourne Lord Mayor, John So helped launch the Victorian Census Collector recruitment campaign from the 84th floor of Melbourne's tallest building, Eureka Tower. The location was chosen to highlight the remarkable change in Melbourne's skyline since the 2001 Census. Melbourne has undergone a population transformation, with an influx of city living resulting in massive CBD growth. Our inner-city collectors will help to build a detailed view of these new developments; who these people are, where they have come from and their service and infrastructure needs. The view from the 84th floor also provided an opportunity to illustrate the massive job our collectors have in ensuring that every home across Victoria participates in the 8 August Census.
John So (Melbourne Lord Mayor) and Andrew Henderson (ABS-Victoria Census Director) at the Victorian Census Collector recruitment campaign launch on Eureka Tower's 84th floor.
In Victoria, we have a large population participating in the Census, who unlike most residents, do not have a Census form delivered to their front door. Difficulties counting the homeless is a challenge which ABS is determined to tackle head on. On 22 May, ABS with support of the Council to Homeless Persons, hosted a Counting the Homeless Forum at Melbourne Town Hall. The forum facilitated feedback on the Victorian Census Unit's Homeless Enumeration Strategy, and liaison with key homeless networks and service providers. Guest speakers, Deb Tsorbaris (Executive Officer, Council to Homeless Persons), Associate Professor Chris Chamberlain (Director, Centre for Applied Social Research, RMIT) and Mark Dall (Director, Housing development, Department of Human Services) provided valuable insights into the importance of an accurate count, analysing output and use of data.
ABS is also continuing to work closely with Victoria's multicultural and multi-faith community following on from its major consultation event in February. Most recently, Census Director Andrew Henderson was invited to speak at the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) annual community dinner. Other speakers at the 29 May event included Hon. John Pandazopoulos (Minister Assisting the Premier on Multicultural Affairs) and Hass Dellal (Exec Dir, Australian Multicultural Foundation). ABS also sponsored the ICV Grassroots Youth Muslim Festival, a vibrant youth event celebrating Victoria's young Muslim community.
The main event is now only weeks away, and Census collectors will start delivering Census Forms to homes in the two weeks leading up to Tuesday 8 August. There are 61 questions on this year's Census household form. For the first time, the form will include questions on the contribution of carers and volunteers within Australian society. In another first, Australians can choose to complete their Census form online with the eCensus option. More Census information is available at www.abs.gov.au/census. Make sure you are counted by completing a Census form on 8 August.
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ABS Retail and Wholesale Economic Activity Survey 2005-06
ABS is conducting a survey of retail and wholesale businesses in respect of the 2005-06 financial year. Survey questionnaires will be despatched to a sample of approximately 16,000 businesses across Australia during August 2006. The survey will provide a detailed snapshot of retail and wholesale industries. This information will be used by government policy makers, particularly Commonwealth and State governments, to assess the effectiveness of their policies and programs, as well as by private sector analysts.
Data available from the survey will include:
Data will be released in the publications Retail Industry, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 8622.0), Wholesale Industry, Australia, 2005-06 (cat. no. 8638.0), and several associated spreadsheets. These products will be available for free download from the ABS web site in mid-2007. More detailed data may be available on a customised basis on request.
Further information on the survey can be sought from William Milne on Melbourne (03) 9615 7862 or email <email@example.com>. Or go to the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au (Survey Participant Information - Retail and Wholesale Economic Activity Survey 2005-06).
Victorian Statistics Advisory Forum Meeting of 6 June 2006
The Victorian Statistics Advisory Forum (VSAF) held its second meeting for the year on 6 June, welcoming new member Jane Brockington from Dept of Premier and Cabinet (DPC). Vin Martin, chair of VSAF and Victorian Government representative on the Australian Statistics Advisory Council (ASAC), reported back on the ASAC meeting of 30 May. The meeting included an exposition of the ABS forward work plan 2006/07 to 2008/09; with the priorities of environmental statistics, a re-focus on economic statistics and a review of public finance statistic definitions.
Vince Lazzaro (Regional Director, ABS Victorian Office) reported that the May ABS Management Meeting had identified the following range of statistics would have greater time and effort invested: superannuation, childcare, mental health, drought and climate, Indigenous, social capital/well-being, red tape, multi-modal data capture, personal safety and crime, and regional. He also reported that a Population and Well-being Statistics Data Gaps Workshop was to be held that week; involving ABS, Treasury and Department of Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs. In addition, a National Community Indicators Workshop will be held in Melbourne 5-6 September. Mr Lazzaro commented that the Census was proceeding well, noting the valuable assistance provided by DPC and Dept of Human Services (DHS) in communicating with various groups (e.g. the homeless, Indigenous communities, and Islamic Groups).
Dr Colin McLachlan and Dr Benjamin Mante from the Indigenous Issues Unit (Dept of Justice) gave an informative presentation titled 'Indigenous Justice - Statistical Challenges'. The project examined different pathways Koori people took through the criminal justice system from the time of police contact to conviction, with the aim of developing a systematic data set to enable evidence-based decision making. Data was examined by education status, employment status, age group and prison.
The second presentation was by Dr Duncan Ironmonger (University of Melbourne) on 'A System of Time Accounts for Melbourne', a project commissioned by Dept of Infrastructure. The project aimed to give a better perspective on time use, particularly on travel time for both adults and children. Key project recommendations were the inclusion of time use questions from existing survey vehicles, and collection of students' school addresses, in the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. The final meeting for 2006 will be held in November.
Measures of Australia's Progress
Measures of Australia’s Progress 2006 (cat. no. 1370.0, released 24/5/2006) brings together a range of statistics related to Australia’s economy, society and environment over recent decades. It is intended to help Australians address the question 'has life in our country got better?', and allows users to form their own views on national progress through a comprehensive suite of indicators. The measures of progress cross four main categories: individuals, economy and economic resources, environment, and living together.
Measures such as health, education, work and leisure are covered in the section on individuals. The chapter details how life expectancy in Australia continues to increase, with males born in 2004 now expected to live to over 78, three years longer than males born in 1994. Females born in 2004 can expect to live to 83, two years longer than females born in 1994. On an international scale, Australia ranked fifth in the world for total life expectancy in 2003. However, life expectancy for Indigenous Australians is estimated to be around 17 years below that for all Australians.
Unemployment in Australia has declined over the past decade, with the annual average unemployment rate falling from 8.2% in 1995 to 5.1% by 2005. However, there has been strong growth in casual employment, with the proportion of males in the workforce in casual employment increasing from 13% in 1990 to 25% in 2004. The proportion of females in the workforce in casual employment increased from 28% to 31%.
While the report includes a variety of measures, economic indicators feature prominently. Between June 1995 and June 2005, real net national disposable income per capita increased by an average 3.0% per year, reaching around $35,000 in 2005. Over the same period, real gross state income per capita in Victoria increased by an average annual rate of 3.2%, equal third among the states and above the national average (3.0%). Annual average growth in Gross Domestic Product in Australia was 3.7% during the period 1994 to 2004, seventh highest of all OECD countries.
Household income data is divided into three income groups to represent the distribution of wealth across Australian households. Between 1994-95 and 2003-04, equivalised disposable household income increased by 22.0% for low income households to an average $300 per week, 21.8% for middle income households to $492, and 19.3% for high income households to $1,027.
Measures of Australia's Progress includes a number of environmental indicators. In 2002, 15% of land in Victoria was in conservation reserves, the fourth highest proportion among the states. In 2003, 22,000 ha of land were cleared in Victoria, compared with 75,000 ha in NSW and 145,000 ha in Queensland. In total, Victoria is estimated to have cleared around 60% of its land compared with 30% in NSW and 18% in Queensland.
Among measures related to ‘Living together', general crime data is also presented at state level. In 2005, Victoria had the lowest total personal crime victimisation rate and second lowest household crime victimisation rate of all states. The chapter also presents national information on family type, social participation, transport and communication.
The first edition of Measures of Australia's Progress was published in 2002, and it has since evolved in response to user needs. It is expected to be produced annually in future. See also Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2006 (cat. no. 1383.0.55.001, released 31/5/06).
Each year, the ABS work program is established in response to current and emerging statistical priorities of users and in the broader context of ABS's mission and overall strategic direction. The strategic directions therefore present the broad objectives that ABS has chosen to pursue, and which shape its priorities and work program for the period.
ABS releases comprise monthly, quarterly, annual and irregular products. In 2004–05 there were over 800 statistical releases. The ABS’ principal means of releasing statistical information is through the ABS web site. In 2004–05 the ABS produced 340 publication titles (including electronic only publications) comprising 837 separate releases (several titles are released more than once during a year). Information about the full range of ABS publications is available in the Catalogue of Publications and Products (cat. no. 1101.0).
Key drivers of the current ABS forward work program include:
Specific thematic collections within the scope of Economic and Population Statistics Groups are discussed in terms of their objectives, outputs and new developments. Program managers are listed, along with dollar and staff resource costings for each project. For more information, refer to ABS Forward Work Program, 2006-07 to 2008-09 (cat. no. 1006.0, released 30/5/2006).
2006 Environmental Household Survey and User Review
Household waste management and transport use are two main themes anticipated to surface from the Environmental supplementary survey component of the March 2006 monthly Labour Force Survey. Output is due for release in Nov 2006 in cat. no. 4602.0.
ABS's Centre of Environment and Energy Statistics (CEES) is reviewing the Environmental Household Survey program, aiming to ensure the survey's future structure will collect data relevant to users. Current surveys are built around topics including environmental concerns, household water use, energy use and conservation, household waste management, and transport use; rotating over a three-year period. All stakeholders and users of environmental statistics are invited to participate in the review.
If you wish to provide input in terms of new topics and data items, survey cycles, spatial output, or other content contact Kate Maguire on Canberra (02) 6252 7735 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org> by 21 August 2006.
Water use snapshot
ABS is part of the Water Resources Observation Network Alliance, helping on a project called "Australian Water Resources 2005". The project aims to provide a snapshot of Australia’s water resources at commencement of the National Water Initiative reform process, from which future evaluations can be made. The project covers: water quality, water availability and water use. ABS is leading the water use parameter, looking at: how much water is under entitlements/licences, how much is allocated, how much is used, what types of water are used, and for what purposes. ABS will also estimate water use at the Surface Water Management Area level. The ABS 2004-05 Water Account, Australia publication will be released in November 2006. The Water Use headline parameter will be included in Australian Water Resources 2005, due in December 2006.
For further information contact Mette Creaser on Canberra (02) 6252 6161 or email <email@example.com>.
New Confidentialised Unit Record File pricing effective 1 July 2006
Victorian Community Indicators Project
A feature article on the Victorian Community Indicators Project is included in the March Quarter 2006 edition of 'State and Regional Indicators, Victoria' (cat. no. 1367.2). In recent years there has been an increasing demand from government, organisations and the community for better developed measures of society's health and well-being. Conclusions about the quality of life in Australia cannot be made by relying only on general economic measures such as Gross Domestic Product.
The Victorian Community Indicators Project (VCIP) is a recent approach to measuring well-being in Victoria. The project aims to develop community indicators and support local government councils in their use. The selected indicators are tools for measuring health, well-being and sustainability; hence aiding policy-making, community planning and citizen engagement.
Indicators have been developed within five broad domains of well-being:
The early childhood section on health includes the indicator 'Percentage of eligible infant immunisations completed', which draws data from the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR). Data is reported at LGA level. In December 2005, five LGAs in Victoria achieved 100% immunisation rate amongst children aged 15 months and below: the Shires of Hindmarsh, Pyrenees, West Wimmera, Yarriambiack and the Borough of Queenscliffe. In contrast, the immunisation rate was below 90% in 13 LGAs.
The 'Democratic and active citizenship' domain focuses on the need for communities to shape their own future by engaging their citizens in decision making processes. Two of this domain's indicators are: 'Percentage of people who think they have an opportunity to have a real say on issues important to them' and 'Voting in council elections'. In the 2004-05 elections, the top five councils by voting rate were non-metropolitan councils. Southern Grampians recorded the highest voter participation rate in Victoria (87.3%), while Port Phillip had the lowest (45.3%).
The question 'Do you feel there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important to you?' is used in the Victorian Population Health Survey conducted by Victorian Department of Human Services. The Victorian Framework for Indicators of Regional Wellbeing describes how the question is used to measure the level of perceived opportunity to 'have a say' rather than the number (or percentage) of people actually consulted. The metropolitan LGA with the highest percentage of people believing they had opportunities to have a say on important issues was Monash (61.5%). However 30 of the 48 LGAs in regional Victoria had higher percentages.
Selected recent releases
1338.1 NSW In Focus. Released 28/6/2006.
NSW in Focus is a contemporary record of activity within NSW, providing a wide range of statistics from both ABS and non-ABS sources. It contains ten chapters, each representing areas of social or economic importance: population, family and community, health, education and training, crime and justice, housing, household economic resources, economic activity, transport and environment.
Contact Allan McLean on Sydney (02) 9268 4795 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
3101.0 - Australian Demographic Statistics, Dec 2005. Released 02/06/2006.
During year ended 31 December 2005, the Australian population grew 1.2%. Natural increase and net overseas migration contributed 54% and 46%, respectively, to this total population growth. Queensland recorded the largest proportional gain (1.9% or 74,800 persons) and South Australia the lowest (0.6% or 9,900 persons). Victoria gained 59,700 persons (1.2%) compared with 53,700 persons (0.8%) for NSW.
In 2005, the number of Australian births (261,400) was 2.4% higher than in 2004, and the highest number recorded annually since 1992 (262,100). Deaths decreased by 1.8% over the same period, to remove 130,600 people from the population. Net overseas migration was the major component of population growth in South Australia (7,800 persons), Victoria (32,100 persons) and Western Australia (17,800 persons). Negative net interstate migration was experienced by New South Wales (-25,400 persons), South Australia (-3,600 persons) and Victoria (-2,900 persons).
Contact Cassandra Eaves on Canberra (02) 6252 5640 or email <email@example.com>.
3105.0.65.001 Australian Historical Population Statistics, 2006. Released 23/5/2006.
3412.0 Migration, Australia, 2004-05. Released 29/3/2006.
This publication brings together statistics on international migration into and out of Australia, interstate migration within Australia and information on overseas-born residents of Australia. Australia's migration is described in the context of the Government's migration program and in comparison with international migration experienced by other countries.
Contact Jason Rumley on Canberra (02) 6252 5406 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
4307.0.55.001 - Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia, 2004-05. Released 23/06/2006.
The total quantity of pure alcohol available for Australian consumption increased 1.7% annually to 159.6 million litres in 2004-05. Apparent per person consumption of pure alcohol by persons aged 15 years and over increased 0.2% to 9.83 litres. The quantity of beer available for consumption decreased 0.7% to 1,748.2 million litres, while wine rose 3.7% to 455.9 million litres. Apparent per person consumption of wine by persons aged 15 years and over increased 2.2% to 28.1 litres. The quantity of alcohol as spirits consumed by persons 15 years and over increased 2.9%, driven largely by an increase in ready to drink spirit products.
Contact Kathryn Fry on Canberra (02) 6252 5634 or email <email@example.com>.
4402.0 Child Care, Australia, June 2005. Released 19/6/2006 (reissue).
This survey reports on selected household and personal crimes experienced during the 12 months prior to survey. In Victoria, the proportion of households that experienced either a break-in, attempted break-in or motor vehicle theft in the 12 months prior to April 2005 has fallen to 5%, down from 7% in 2002. An estimated 45,400 households were victims of at least one break-in during the year, and 13,800 households had at least one vehicle stolen. Victoria and Tasmania shared the lowest household crime victimisation, with 5% of households experiencing at least one break-in, attempted break-in or motor vehicle theft compared to 6% nationally. An estimated 5% of people in Victoria were victims of personal crime. Almost half a million (459,100) incidents of assault were experienced by 162,700 victims in Victoria.
Nationally, the most common location for assault was the home (31% of assault victims), followed by place of work or study (26%). An estimated 63% of victims knew one or more of the offenders. An estimated 69% of Victorians perceived problems from crime and/or public nuisance in their neighbourhood. Their main perceived problems were housebreaking/burglaries/theft from homes (34%), dangerous/noisy driving (38%) and vandalism/graffiti/damage to property (26%).
Contact Marika Woodberry on Melbourne (03) 9615 7601 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
4510.0 Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2005. Released 25/5/2006.
Statistics relating to victims of a selected range of offences recorded by police during 2005. National, state and territory data are provided for 1996 to 2005. National data for 2005 are also presented by victim sex and age group, location, weapon use and outcome of investigation. Recorded victims declined in most offence categories in 2005. Victims of homicide and related offences decreased by 10%, while victims of motor vehicle theft and unlawful entry with intent both decreased by 8%. Other theft and kidnapping both decreased by 5%. Increases were recorded for blackmail/extortion (6%) and robbery (2%).
In 2005, more males than females were victims of robbery (71% of victims were male), attempted murder (68%), blackmail/extortion (64%), murder (62%) and driving causing death (46%). The reverse was the case for kidnapping/abduction (64% of victims were female). The most common offences for which a weapon was used were attempted murder (72%) and murder (59%).
Contact Nick Skondreas on Melbourne (03) 9615 7375 or email <email@example.com>.
4704.0.55.002 - The Health and Welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Summary Booklet, 2005. Released 28/04/2006.
ABS and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have prepared this report jointly. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population was projected to have grown to 492,700 by mid-2005. The Indigenous population was relatively young, with a median age of 21 years, compared with 36 years for non-Indigenous. In 2001, 30% of Indigenous people lived in major cities, 43% in regional areas and 27% in remote areas.
Between 1994 and 2002, the proportion of Indigenous people aged 25-64 years with a non-school qualification rose from 20% to 32%, the proportion aged 18–64 years in mainstream employment rose from 31% to 38%, their unemployment rate fell from 24% to 13%, and the proportion of Indigenous owner/purchaser households increased from 26% to 30%.
Contact the National Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics on Canberra on 1800 633 216 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
4715.0 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey, 2004-05. Released 11/4/2006.
5506.0 Taxation Revenue, Australia, 2004-05. Released 29/3/2006.
This publication details taxation revenue by all levels of government in Australia for 1999-2000 to 2004-05. The taxation revenue statistics presented are for the general government sector and include taxes received from public corporations (i.e. government owned/controlled corporations).
Contact Jonathan Sim on Canberra (02) 6252 5735 or email <email@example.com>.
5512.0 Government Finance Statistics, Australia, 2004-05. Released 29/3/2006.
This publication presents government finance statistics (GFS) on an accrual accounting basis for each jurisdiction for general government, non-financial public sector and total public sector, including: operating statements for 2004-05; cash flow statements for 2004-05; and balance sheets at 30 June 2005. This publication contains Victoria level data. Users interested in quarterly GFS data for the current financial year should consult Government Finance Statistics, Australia, Quarterly (cat. no. 5519.0.55.001).
Contact Jonathan Sim on Canberra (02) 6252 5735 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
1351.0.55.012 Research Paper: Review of Methodology for Estimating Taxes on Production in the Calculation of Household Final Income, April 2006. Released 13/4/2006.
Contact Franklin Soriano on Canberra (02) 6252 5933 or email <email@example.com>.
Other selected releases
1292.0.30.001 Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC), 2006 - Coder, 2006. Released 29/3/2006
1351.0.55.013 Research Paper: Analysis of the Regional Distribution of Relatively Disadvantaged Areas Using 2001 SEIFA, June 2006. Released 15/6/2006
2062.0 Census Data Enhancement Project: an Update, June 2006. Released 8/6/2006
2901.0 Census Dictionary. Released 26/5/2006
3222.0 Population Projections, Australia, 2004 to 2101 (Reissue). Released 14/6/2006
4156.0 Sport and Recreation: A Statistical Overview, Australia, 2006. Edition 1. Released 19/6/2006
4307.0.55.001 Apparent Consumption of Alcohol, Australia. Released 23/6/2006
4324.0 Information Paper: National Health Survey, 2004-05. Released 29/5/2006
4512.0 Corrective Services, Australia, March 2005. Released 22/6/2006
4704.0.55.001 Recent Developments in the Collection of Aboriginal and torres Strait Islander Health and Welfare Statistics, 2005. Released 26/6/2006
5368.0.55.005 Discussion Paper: ABS Implementation in January 2007 of Revisions to International Trade Classifications, 2007. Released 9/6/2006
6102.0.55.001 Labour Statistics: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2006. Released 12/4/2006
6278.0 Education and Training Experience, Australia, 2005. Released 29/5/2006
6503.0 Household Expenditure Survey and Survey of Income and Housing: User Guide, 2003-04. Released 9/6/2006
8415.0 Mining Operations, Australia, 2003-04. Released 22/6/2006
Main Economic Indicators (MEIs). Also released during the past quarter were a number of monthly and quarterly MEIs which can be accessed from the ABS website home page <www.abs.gov.au>. Examples of MEIs include: housing finance, labour force, consumer price index and retail trade.
Free ABS publications online. From 1 July 2005, all ABS electronic publications (both PDF and HTML based content) published from 1998 onwards, along with electronic "publication tables" in spreadsheet or data-cube format, have been available free from the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Printed copies still carry a price, but most products are available electronically.
ABS statistical training
Each ABS office offers practical, informative and relevant training to help you develop your statistical skills. This training is primarily targeted to public sector bodies.
What courses are available at ABS Victoria in 2006?
Turning Data Into Information (TDII)
This course develops skills in interpreting, displaying and communicating data clearly and effectively. Analytical thinking skills are developed to enable the transformation of data into meaningful written information.
Course Length: 2 Days
Course Fee: $550.00
Course Date: 2 & 3 August
Making Quality Informed Decisions (MQID)
This course introduces the concept of 'wholistic quality' through the use of data quality framework for a statistical collection. The framework ensures that users of statistics are able to assess whether the statistics are fit for their intended use. This course aims to provide a framework to evaluate the quality of available data sources and use this knowledge in the decision-making process.
Course Length: 1 Day
Course Fee: $325.00
Course Date: 18 October
Basic Survey Design (BSD)
This course aims to provide a broad overview of all facets of survey development. Topics include developing survey objectives, advantages and disadvantages of various collection methodologies, questionnaire design, data processing, reporting of results and management of the design process.
Course Length: 2 Days
Course Fee: $550.00
Course Date:28 & 29 November
Basic Survey Analysis (BSA)
This computer based course develops practical skills in summarising and displaying survey data in graphical and tabular form. It provides the tools for finding simple relationships in survey data and testing for statistically significant differences in past and current survey results.
Course Length: 2 Days
Course Fee: $550.00
Course Date: 5 & 6 September
For further information regarding statistical training, nominations and bookings or to discuss your specific training needs, please contact Maxine McDermott on (03) 9615 7080 or email <firstname.lastname@example.org>
POINTS OF CONTACT
Victorian Statistics Advisory Forum (VSAF)
VSAF is a major forum for statistical liaison between Victorian Government Agencies and ABS. The following group of departmental representatives meet 3 times each year.
Copies of Statistics Victoria are available free for electronic dissemination. There are two ways to access an electronic copy of the newsletter:
1. Elect to receive your copy of this newsletter in PDF format by contacting Alan Page on (03) 9615 7899 or email <email@example.com>. The ABS encourages further dissemination of this newsletter through email, or by its placement on your organisation's intranet.
2. Go to the ABS website <www.abs.gov.au>. Select 'News & Media' then 'ABS Newsletters' and then 'Statistics Victoria'. You can access current and previous copies of Statistics Victoria, as well as many other ABS newsletters.
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