1386.0 - What's New in Regional Statistics, 2013  
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Regional @ a Glance web pages (Updated - Jun 2013)
Help for Local Government on the ABS website
Local Government and ABS Newsletter
Need help managing the quality of your statistics?
Betaworks showcases ABS web designers
Newsletter and ABS contact details (Updated - Oct 2013)
How to subscribe to this Newsletter (Updated - Jun 2013)


The 'Regional @ a Glance' pages are a great place to start if you are looking for data or information about regional statistics. These pages are targeted at users of data for regions below state and territory level. This includes urban, rural, metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, including local government areas. The entry page provides a number of access points to a variety of information on regional statistics.

The 'Capital Cities' page contains the new (2007-2011) National Regional Profile (NRP) data. The NRP contains a large range of key summary social and economic data for regions including local government areas. The capital cities in each of the eight states and territories are defined under the Australian Statistical Geography Standard as Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA), e.g. Greater Sydney.

The 'Local Government Areas' page assists users who are looking for data for their local government area. It provides links to data that can be used to answer basic social and economic questions on a local government area. A link to the National Regional Profile is also provided on this page to help you quickly find selected key statistics for your local government area.

For information on how to find products containing regional data on the ABS website see the Regional Data in ABS Products page.


'Services to Local Government' is a series of information pages designed to help you find data for your local government area and inform you how to keep up to date with the latest ABS releases and available training. It also provides information about how ABS uses local government data. You can find the 'Services to Local Government' pages by heading to the ABS Home Page, clicking on 'Services' along the top navigation bar and following the link to 'Local Government'.


If you are interested in reading more about regional statistics, you might like to read the newsletter Local Government and ABS (cat. no. 1376.0). This newsletter has a focus on finding and using data released by the ABS at the local government area (LGA) level. For example, past releases of Local Government and ABS have included feature articles on an analysis of Wage and Salary Incomes Between LGAs and a study of Population Growth and Turnover in LGAs.

This newsletter is also aimed at keeping local government informed of key ABS data and other relevant developments, such as the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), Population Census updates, and Local Government Finance news.

This annual release is updated during the year with any new information as it becomes available.


The ABS has been releasing information on various quality initiatives to the ABS website over the past few years to help clients better manage the quality of their data and to better understand the quality of ABS data. To make it easier for users to find all these quality initiatives (and others) the Statistical Quality Management webpage has been released and brings these resources together into a one-stop-online-shop to help clients find all of these resources. The information includes:
  • the ABS Data Quality Framework which provides the standards for assessing and reporting on the quality of statistical information
  • the ABS Data Quality Management page which includes some quality initiatives that may assist in managing the risks around your data e.g. quality gates which help you to identify any data problems closer in the process to when they occur
  • links to ABS Quality Information Papers produced by ABS staff and
  • links to Other Sources of Information Related to quality in the ABS.


BetaWorks gives ABS web designers a place to showcase their work and gain public insight into our website and its future. It's where ideas grow and the intelligence gained is used to improve your ABS website experience. It provides opportunities for comment on and input to potential innovations for the ABS website. New projects are uploaded regularly, so have a look and let us know what you think.


This newsletter is designed to improve communication between the ABS and users of small area data. New ABS initiatives to assist users will be announced in this newsletter as they evolve.

We appreciate receiving your views and suggestions about this newsletter so that it remains useful and assists you to understand and use ABS statistics. We also welcome suggestions for articles that you feel should be included. Please email your comments and suggestions to regional.statistics@abs.gov.au.

For other enquiries contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or e-mail client.services@abs.gov.au.


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