These video tutorials will familiarise you with a range of ABS products that are useful in the classroom. You can view transcripts of each segment by clicking on the triangle next to its heading.
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This product is ideal if you want to visually explore the spatial distribution of a Census topic as it provides thematically mapped Census statistics for your chosen location. MapStats is fast and simple to use and no mapping skills are required.
Start at the ABS homepage and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'MapStats' in the body of the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. Search for a geographic area by using any of the tabs above the key word search box.
In this example, we will search using the keyword: 'Ballarat'. Click on the ‘Search’ button and a list of all the places that include 'Ballarat' is displayed. Select a specific geographic area from the list of results. In this example we’ve selected Ballarat Local Government Area. A Map of the selected area appears; check it is the wanted area and click on ‘Select Topic’. Notice the default count method is set as Place of usual residence. Place of usual residence is where people usually live, as opposed to place of enumeration which counts people based on where they were on Census night.
Now choose a topic and subtopic for which you want data. Let’s choose Language and Proportion of People who speak a Language other than English. Click on ‘Select Sub Location’. This will determine how the map of your chosen location will be divided. The options depend on the size of the location you have selected. Here we have the choice of a Collection District or Statistical Local Area. Let’s keep it as a Collection District and click on ‘View MapStats’. The map opens in the Summary tab and may take several seconds to load. You are now presented with a map for your chosen geographic area.
The areas are displayed in a range of colours to convey differences in the Census topics being investigated. Please note the legend at the bottom of the page. The percentage breakdown will change depending on the distribution of a particular variable in the area you select. Note that you can also view a copy of the map in Acrobat Reader or Portable Network Graphics (PNG) from the Downloads tab.
The Portable Network format should be used to copy, resize and paste the map into a report. Click on ‘Free Download’ to open file. The best maps to use are Local Government Areas by Collection districts as they display the smallest geographic area data and give a better spatial distribution of a variable. Why not generate a MapStats report for the local government area of your school and ask students to observe a topic of their choice. Can you see this being of use to your students?
Includes: Using MapStats to find Census data for your area of interest, that can be visually explored.
Duration: 2:50 minutes
Size: 9.6 MB Census product - MapStats
Includes: Finding Key National Indicators on the ABS website and a demonstration of how to access source publications.
Duration: 2:25 minutes
Size: 7.01MB Key National Indicators
Segment 9: Consumer Price Index
Includes: Finding Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the website and a demonstration of how to access a CPI education resource from the ABS Education pages.
Duration: 2:41 minutes
Size: 7.63 MB Consumer Price Index
Segment 10: National Accounts
Includes: A demonstration of the National Accounts themes page and how to find quarterly and annual GDP data.
Duration: 2:46 minutes
Size: 8.41 MB National Accounts
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