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  • You work where? Where Australians Lived and Worked, 2006 and 2011

    Posted 8/09/2015 by Aaron Greenup
    The Parliamentary Library has constructed two maps using Census data to illustrate the journeys Australians took to travel to work in 2006 and 2011.    Click for larger images.   About the data The lines on the above maps represent the net journeys between regions. The net journey is the difference between the number of people travelling to and from two regions. For example, if five people travelled from region B to region A and three people travelled from region A to region B, t... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census, employment, transport

  • What is a census-able way to run a census?

    Posted 23/04/2015 by Aaron Greenup

    This is part of a series of FlagPosts exploring what the Census is, why it’s important, how other countries run censuses and what the alternatives—either officially proposed or informally discussed—may be (Part 1: Potential changes to the Australian Census: could it kill the goose that lays the statistical golden egg?).

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    TAGS: Census, Australian Bureau of Statistics, statistics

  • ABS Labour Force revisions: a botch job or short term pain for long term gain?

    Posted 20/10/2014 by Aaron Greenup

    Prior to releasing the September Labour Force Survey (LFS) results this month, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) announced they were taking the unusual step of dropping the seasonally adjusted Labour Force estimates for July, August and September. Many users of the monthly survey results have since expressed concern about the quality and reliability of the estimates. Some of the commentary has suggested the recent issue with the estimates was due in part to budget cutbacks to the statistics agency. However, the recent volatility in the seasonally adjusted estimates is more likely to be associated with the changes the ABS has made to the LFS program rather than any budget pressures they are currently facing.

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    TAGS: Employment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, statistics

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  • Youth unemployment rates in small geographic areas - 2013

    Posted 1/05/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek

    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recently changed the dissemination of regional data from the monthly Labour Force Survey to reflect a new geographic standard. The Labour Force Survey is a key source of data on employment, unemployment, the labour force and associated rates and ratios.

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    TAGS: youth, regional unemployment, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force, statistics,

  • Snapshot of employment by industry, 2012 to 2013

    Posted 14/02/2014 by Penny Vandenbroek
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) release data on employed people by industry (in their main job, where a person holds more than one job) in the quarterly publication Labour Force, detailed, quarterly, cat. no. 6291.0.55.003. Data is available since November 1984, with the most recent data being November 2013. Read more...

    TAGS: employment, industry, Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force

  • Experience of violence in Australia

    Posted 13/12/2013 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    On the 11th of December 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the results of its 2012 Personal Safety Survey (PSS). This much anticipated survey on the safety of Australians aged 18 years and over is the second release of the PSS, with the first being released in 2005. The PSS collects information about the nature and extent of violence experienced by men and women since the age of 15 and includes their experiences of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. Information has be... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, domestic violence

  • Retirement intentions and labour force participation by older workers

    Posted 10/12/2013 by Kai Swoboda
    On 9 December 2013, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the results of its 2012–13 survey on retirement and retirement intentions. The data collected by the survey provides information on retirement trends, the factors which influence decisions to retire, and the income arrangements that retirees and potential retirees have made to provide for their retirement. Another indicator of retirement behaviour is the participation by older workers in the labour force.Labour force particip... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, labour force, retirement, statistics

  • Employed people or jobs: semantics or an important difference in terminology?

    Posted 26/09/2013 by Penny Vandenbroek
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    In March (2013), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released new analysis of the Australian labour market based on jobs. Their article, Estimating jobs in the Australian Labour Market, outlines the differences between the number of jobs and the number of employed people, and complements regular labour market data produced by the ABS. Estimates of the number of jobs were produced using the monthly Labour Force Survey, the quarterly Job Vacancies Survey and the 2007 Survey of Employment Arr... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, employment, labour force, workers

  • ABS public consultation on topics for the 2016 Census

    Posted 8/04/2013 by Ellouise Roberts
    Under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is required to conduct a Census of Population and Housing every five years. The next one is scheduled for August 2016 and planning is already well underway. An extensive review of topics collected in the Census is being undertaken to ensure that the data collected remains relevant to contemporary Australia.According to the ABS, ‘the review aims to optimise data relevance, whilst also considering the decreasing ne... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census

  • Economic growth and change in post GFC world: What’s hot and what’s cold in the Australian economy

    Posted 22/11/2012 by Guy Woods
    Since the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) in 2008, the Australian economy has experienced a period of slower, more uncertain growth than it did in the years leading up to the crisis. During the four years leading up to the GFC, Australia’s economy grew between three and four per cent a year, in inflation adjusted terms, with an annual average growth rate of 3.4 per cent. Since then, growth has been as low as 1.6 per cent in 2007—08, and only topped three per cent in 2011—12. The ... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian economy

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