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ACT Office, Australian Bureau of Statistics
RECENT MAJOR ANNUAL & IRREGULAR RELEASES
(excluding regular monthly and quarterly releases)
To follow is a selection of recently released ABS products. Comprehensive release details are available from the Release Advice (Cat. 1105.0) issued Tuesdays and Fridays, and the monthly Publications and Products Released in [Month] (Cat. 1102.0) both available from the ACT Bookshop or via a subscription. Please see the web site catalogue for further information.
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ACT Business Indicators
The monthly publication ACT Business Indicators (1303.8) continues to present a handy overview of the state of the ACT. It's a fifteen page summary which regularly features articles of particular interest to the region often in comparison with national data. The August 2000 release focused on 'Household Expenditure on Goods and Services in the ACT', revealing that in the 12 months to June 1999, Canberra households spent an average of $860 per week on goods and services. This represents an increase of over 15% since the previous survey carried out in 1993/94. Household characteristics and housing costs are also covered. The September 2000 issue contained two features: 'Career experience in the ACT' and 'Carers in the ACT', presenting findings from the November 1998 Career Experience Survey and the 1998 Disability, Ageing and Carers Survey, respectively. And the current issue: October 2000, highlights the computing services industry, revealing that in the ACT in 1998/99 there were over 700 computing services businesses, employing up to 6% of the national employment in this industry - see the publication for more about employment, income and comparisons with the national industry.
Business Indicators, ACT (1303.8) is released in the third week of each month. Publications can be purchased from the ACT Bookshop, RRP $17.00. To subscribe contact Subscription Services by fax: 03 9615 7848, phone: 1300 366 323 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
AusStats and ABS@
AusStats is a new on-line service for clients interested in accessing statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It extends the current ABS web site content, enabling more detailed data to be accessed by subscription. AusStats is updated daily at 11.30 am and allows access to:
The main entry point to AusStats is the existing ABS web site. Within AusStats there is extensive linking between products. There is a link between the main features to the latest publication file and, where they exist, the time series spreadsheets, datasets, media releases, BCPs and Australia Now. All the content is fully searchable.
Clear and simple language is consistently used on all web pages. Hyperlinks are clearly identified ensuring simple navigation. For the parts of the site which display image maps, a text equivalent is provided, in order to give accessibility to disabled and blind users. The site is fully compliant with all Office of Government On-line (OGO) checkpoints.
Organisations or individuals can subscribe to AusStats. The pricing structure offers discounts based on volume of downloads and a 90% discount for subsequent downloads of the same file.
The technology underlying AusStats allows the ABS to offer a comparable service replicated into a client agency's intranet. This replication service is called ABS@. In this facility clients can access ABS@ via a web browser or for Lotus Notes clients, within their own internal network. ABS@ offers agencies the ability to download unlimited amounts of ABS products from their own intranets with a clear understanding up front of the total cost. ABS@ clients pay a fee at the start of each year.
For more information and a demonstration of this service phone Janet Wall on 02 6207 0041 or email: email@example.com
2001 Census of Population and Housing
The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS and one of the most important. Its objective is to accurately measure the number and certain key characteristics of people in Australia on census night, and the dwellings in which they live. This provides a reliable basis for the estimation of the population of each of the States, Territories and Local Government.
The ACT Regional Office will conduct the enumeration of the Canberra, Fraser and Monaro districts, which encompasses Canberra, Queanbeyan, the Snowfields, the Bega Valley and south eastern NSW to the coast.
The census includes all people in Australia on census night - 7 August 2001, with the exception of foreign diplomats and their families. Visitors to Australia are counted regardless of how long they have been in the country or how long they plan to stay. Australian residents out of the country on census night are out of the scope of the census.
The consultation process led to the inclusion of two new topics in the 2001 Census: ancestry and use of personal computers and the internet. For the 2001 Census, the opportunity is being provided for every person to elect to have his or her census information kept by the National Archives of Australia and then made publicly available after 99 years. When all the statistical data has been extracted, the responses to the retention question will be examined. Where a response to this question clearly indicates a respondent’s agreement to have their census information retained, and the form has been signed, the respondent’s information will be transferred to microfilm. These microfilm will then be transferred to the National Archives of Australia.
Further information on the 2001 Census of Population and Housing is available from Ria Percival, Census Management Unit, ACT Regional Office, phone: 02 6207 0311, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Census Collection District Design
The ACT office of the ABS has been involved in the process of designing the geographic areas for the forthcoming 2001 Census of Population and Housing. This task involved evaluating and where appropriate re-designing existing Census Collection Districts or creating new ones. Census Collection districts are the smallest geographic area defined in the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) and are for use in the Census as the smallest unit for collection, processing and output of data. The design task took into consideration other ASGC geographical areas such as Urban Centres/Localities, Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) and changes to Local Government Areas (LGAs) that may have occurred since the 1996 Census.
The CD design process for the ACT and surrounding region is now complete. The ACT office was responsible for the design of the ACT, and for the Monaro Electoral Division which includes the LGAs/SLAs of Queanbeyan, Yarrowlumla, Tallaganda, Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma and Snowy River shires. Most of the boundary adjustments made were to census collection districts but some urban centre/locality boundaries were also adjusted. In the ACT most of the Census Collection Districts boundaries that were changed or where new Census Collection Districts were created, were done so to reflect growth patterns in the newer suburbs of Gungahlin-Hall; the new suburb of Dunlop; in Belconnen and for some infill areas in suburbs in the older areas, such as North & South Canberra, Woden, Belconnen (Fraser Electoral Division) and the older parts of Tuggeranong (Canberra Electoral Division). In Monaro Electoral Division the geographic and administrative boundaries were also mainly changed to reflect growth in the region but some boundaries were changed to better reflect town boundaries.
For further information phone Bill Syms on 02 6207 0285 or email: email@example.com
Indigenous identification in administrative collections project
The ABS has recently completed a quality audit of data on ACT Indigenous deaths for 1998 and 1999. The draft report including the recommendations following the 1999 audit has been completed and transmitted to the Registrar-General for consideration. The audit was made possible by the continued cooperation of the ACT Registrar-General and staff. This included access to files; to the ACT Registry computer system and assistance with more specific queries. This cooperation and the degree of assistance is greatly appreciated.
Improving Indigenous identification in the ACT has focused on improving the recording of Indigenous identification for registered deaths. Validating the recording processes for Indigenous deaths has been recognised as an important part of the project with the end view of improving the quality of Indigenous identification in administrative data. Recent ABS investigations have identified a discrepancy between reported Indigenous deaths and the expected number of deaths.
Information provided by the ACT Registry is the primary source of data. An initial data quality audit on records maintained by the ACT Registry was undertaken in October 1999. The completion of the audit for the 1999 calendar year was deemed important to further investigate the reasons behind the apparent under-reporting of Indigenous deaths. This second audit was completed in August 2000. The project analysed the data recording process in identifying Indigenous deaths in the ACT. It investigated existing practices within the ACT Registry and considered strategies to improve Indigenous data quality for the ACT.
The audit found that the ACT Registry have made a number of changes, over the period 1998–99, to the process followed for recording Indigenous status of deaths. More funeral directors and medical practitioners have been completing the Indigenous question which may be a reflection of the positive impacts of the training/education campaign that was conducted. Despite these improvements however, further work still needs to be done to improve the recording process as actual counts of Indigenous deaths in 1998 and 1999 have not been fully reflected in the electronic record provided on disk by the ACT Registry to the ABS Vitals NPC. The ACT ABS in conjunction with the ACT Registry continues working together on this project to ensure the on-going collection of accurate information this area.
For further information phone Barbara Dehne on 6207 0277 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABS and The New Tax System
ABS statistical series are being impacted to varying degrees as a result of The New Tax System, introduced in Australia from 1 July 2000.
The New Tax System included the removal of Wholesale Sales Tax and the introduction of a Goods and Services Tax (GST), and as a result, a wide range of ABS data series are reflecting significant immediate and subsequent impacts. Check the notes in each publication for details.
The first issue of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to incorporate The New Tax System is the September quarter 2000 issue, which was released on 25 October 2000. The CPI will continue to measure final transaction prices paid by households for goods and services. It will reflect the net effect on those prices of all the tax changes in The New Tax System.
For more information on the impacts of The New Tax System on the CPI, see Information Paper: Price Indexes and The New Tax System (Cat. 6425.0) and Information Paper: Introduction of the 14th Series Consumer Price Index.(Cat. 6456.0).
Integrated Regional Database 2000
The Integrated Regional Database (IRDB) has been developed by the ABS to provide consistent and comparable access to the best available regional data. The objective of the IRDB is to help fill identified gaps in availability of regional statistics by bringing together on CD-ROM a wide variety of regional indicators from both the ABS and other agencies. IRDB 2000 was released in April of this year as the latest edition in the series. Data presented, sourced from ABS and other organisations, covers agriculture; building; business register; demography; population census; tourism; transport and retail. The 2000 edition has been fully redeveloped with software specific to the Windows environment using MS Visual Basic for full integration with mapping functionality.
Broadly speaking 'IRDB provides information for policy planners, managers, and decision makers'. The nature of the product lends itself to use by companies and organisations wanting information on a broad range of topics, from a variety of regions or areas. IRDB can be used for a broad range of research applications such as:-
From this it is evident that IRDB is suited to a range of organisations. Common or defining characteristics of the target market however, can be detailed as follows:
Agstats 2000 - Agricultural data on CD ROM
Agstats 2000, which has just been released, contains small area agricultural data for the years 1996-97 and 1998-99. Data items include area; production and value of most crops, pastures and horticultural products along with the numbers of most types of livestock and quantities and value of livestock products.
This package uses the Geographical Statistics Platform which is shared by the ABS' IRDB and offers user friendly data retrieval; easy to use mapping and charting facilities. Other functions include report preparation, importation of data and export of generated tables and reports.
For more information and a demonstration of these services contact Antony Perera phone: 02 6207 0484, email: email@example.com
National Crime & Justice Statistics update
For more information please contact the National Centre for Crime & Justice Statistics, ABS Melbourne, phone 03 9615 7372, fax 03 9615 7372, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Household Expenditure Survey 1998/99
Data from the Household Expenditure Survey (HES) 1998/99 started being released in June 2000 - the previous survey was carried out in 1993/94. This survey targeted 7,000 households across Australia to provide information on spending, income. loans and household demographics. HES information is used to assess the impact of tax changes and is used by regional and social planners, as well as commercial, business and marketing organisations.
HES can help answer such questions as "What did the average Canberra household spend on goods and services ?" and "What was the average household spending on other items in Canberra and all capital cities ?". A Canberra City report has been produced showing such data as: household expenditure and characteristics by income quintile group; principal source of household income; tenure type; household composition; occupation group of employed reference person. A table showing comparative information between surveys and states, including Darwin and Canberra, is also included.
For copies of this report and other HES publications and data services please contact the ABS Bookshop: phone 02 6207 0326, fax 02 6207 0282.
2001 National Health Survey
The first of a new series of three-yearly National Health Surveys (NHS) will be conducted over the period February to December 2001. The goal is to survey a national sample of more than 31,000 adults and children, aiming to provide national estimates and broad level state indicators. Development of the survey is well advanced and final field testing will be conducted in Melbourne in October - results will be available in September 2002.
Some of the topics to be surveyed are:
For further information contact Mike Langan, phone: 02 6252 6403, email: email@example.com
(excluding monthly and quarterly releases)
This listing shows those ABS publications expected to be released over the coming quarter, the expected month of release is shown in brackets.
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