The Census and other population based surveys conducted by the ABS include a range of data items relevant to migrants & ethnicity. The Directory of Statistical Sources contains further information about these collections and the data items collected.
The National Migrant Statistics Unit has produced three products to improve the understanding and availability of data from these collections:
To see the range of ABS statistical information relevant to migrants and ethnicity go to Migrant & Ethnicity Releases.
In most instances, more detailed unpublished data may also be available on request by contacting the National Information and Referral Service (NIRS).
Assessing the Quality of Linking Migrant Settlement Records to Census Data (cat. no. 1351.0.55.027) presents the results of the Migrants Quality Study which assessed the feasibility of linking the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Settlement Database to the Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset, without the use of name and address as linking variables. The study indicates that the linking is feasible and can produce useful information that no other data source currently provides. However, some quality issues have been identified and need to be thoroughly understood to ensure that the linked data is correctly interpreted and appropriately used.
Statistical Language! (cat. no. 1332.0.55.002) is an educational resource from the ABS designed to improve the reader's understanding of some fundamental statistical concepts. It is written in plain English for adults and contains examples and diagrams to help users:
- understand key statistical terminology;
- facilitate access to the expanding level of statistical information presented to the public;
- gain confidence with interpreting summarised information;
- appreciate the importance of statistical information in today’s society; and,
- make critical and informed use of data, whatever its source.
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This page first published 4 September 2006, last updated 10 August 2012