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Changes to ABS Training

As part of changes to the ABS Forward Work Program in 2013-14, the ABS is no longer offering traditional face-to-face training programs to external audiences. As a result, the suite of training courses which was previously offered on a regular basis has been discontinued.

The future direction that the ABS will be taking is to move away from a reliance on a people-intensive learning environment, to one which offers a range of flexible learning options not constrained by geography. The approach will be to make statistical capability development experiences (including training programs) more accessible and relevant to everyone, no matter where they are located.

Any future ABS involvement in face-to-face delivery will be based on a blended learning approach. This means that the concepts and theory will be available for participants to complete electronically prior to attending an interactive discussion style session (either face-to-face or virtually) with an experienced ABS facilitator.

The ABS anticipates that it will be in a position to offer blended learning options to external audiences during the 2015-16 financial year.

Building Statistical Capability

There are many resources available to assist in building statistical capability. The following links may be of interest.

Understanding Statistics, web pages that are designed to assist you to understand, evaluate and communicate statistical data and information. Included are pages on statistical language and on why understanding statistics matters.

Learning Hub, which is designed to answer the question 'What does it mean to be statistically capable?' and to provide links to resources that can assist individuals and organisations to build their own statistical capability.

Non-ABS statistical literacy resources and online learning, which includes links to resources from international organisations and some online university courses.


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