Australian Bureau of Statistics
Help: FAQs on downloading
You can use either of the following methods to download a file:
Figure 1: Second method of downloading a file; Right click on the file icon and select 'Save Target As...' from the context menu.
How do I download a PDF publication?
For answers to common questions about downloading PDF publications, please refer to How do I download a PDF publication?
How do I download time series spreadsheets?
Time series spreadsheets are available as an Excel (xls) or zipped Excel file. To open a time series spreadsheet, click the Excel icon beside the file you want and select either 'Open' or 'Save'.
Figure 1: Shows the download options of 'Open' or 'Save'
Time series files can be viewed in Microsoft Excel. If you do not have Excel installed, you can use the free Excel Viewer to open and view an Excel file. Microsoft offers Excel Viewer as a free download from the Microsoft web site, http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads/CD011347961033.aspx.
You can also access the files using the spreadsheet program Calc, which is part of the free productivity suite OpenOffice, available at http://www.openoffice.org.
What should I do if I am having trouble downloading a file?
The table below lists some possible causes and suggested actions to take if your file download is unsuccessful, or if you get a blank document when you open the file you have downloaded.
How do I download the latest version of a spreadsheet or a data cube when I already have a file of the same name?
Most file names remain the same for each release of a spreadsheet or a data cube. When you download a spreadsheet, data cube or publication from the ABS web site you may be presented with a pop up dialogue box stating, 'A file with this name already exists, do you want to replace it?' This indicates that you have previously downloaded a file of the same name. Click 'Yes' to overwrite the existing file in this location with the latest file. If you wish to retain both files, click "No" and you will be returned to the "Save As" dialogue box where you can either change the file name (for example, you can add the release month to the existing file name) or select another location to save the file.
Figure 2: Image shows the pop up dialogue box, click on the 'Yes' button to overwrite an existing file having the same file name.How can I confirm that I have the latest version of a file - spreadsheet, data cube or publication?
There are a number of ways in which you can ensure that you have the latest version of a spreadsheet, data cube or publication.
1. Check the release date and time which can be found below the catalogue number and title on every release page.
2. Check if the release is the, 'Latest Issue', 'Previous Issue' or 'First Issue'.
Figure 3: Image shows the details to look for before downloading.
4. On opening the downloaded file, you can verify that the file includes data for the release date specified.
NOTE: Some users have reported receiving previously released files when they thought they were downloading the latest release. This can be due to caching problems, most likely with your Internet Service Provider (ISP). Please contact them to discuss this.
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This page last updated 23 June 2009