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  • 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

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  • 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,

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  • 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

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  • Australians eat poorly, are overweight and unfit: but it’s not all bad news

    Posted 1/11/2012 by Amanda Biggs
    The Australian Health Survey, a regular survey of Australia's health, shows that most Australian adults have a poor diet, are either overweight or obese and don’t get enough exercise. These unhealthy habits put us at greater risk of a range of adverse health outcomes including the development of serious diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.The first results, released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on 29 October 2012, cover health status, health risk factors and long term health co... Read more...

    TAGS: health risks, statistics

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  • Small business - 2011 profile

    Posted 25/09/2012 by Guy Woods
    Small business accounts for the majority of businesses in Australia. In terms of economic output and employment, it also makes a significant contribution.Counts of small businessesThe latest count of businesses by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) was for 30 June 2011. The statistics show:there were just over 2.1 million businesses in Australiaover 61 per cent were non-employing businesses andalmost 96 per cent were small businesses (defined as employing fewer than 20 persons, includes n... Read more...

    TAGS: Australian Bureau of Statistics, small business, statistics

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  • 2011 Census release

    Posted 22/06/2012 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released the first data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Australia’s population has risen to over 21.5 million, with more people born overseas. There has also been an increase in the proportion of Australians identifying as Indigenous, and fewer people now identify a religious affiliation.Australia’s migrant population is growing and changingIn the decade to 2011, the proportion of the population who were born overseas increased from 2... Read more...

    TAGS: Census, Population, statistics

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  • Re-counting the homeless

    Posted 20/07/2011 by Matthew Thomas
      Counting the Homeless reports provide the most comprehensive picture of homelessness in Australia today. However, recently the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released a discussion paper that calls into question the methodology underpinning Counting the Homeless figures. In the paper, the ABS proposes a new methodology for estimating the number of homeless Australians which, if it were implemented, would result in a statistically significant reduction in the estimate of homeless Aust... Read more...

    TAGS: homelessness, statistics

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  • Suicide in Australia

    Posted 16/05/2011 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    Suicide is a preventable death that has very complex issues underlying it. According to the World Health Organization, each year approximately one million individuals commit suicide worldwide—one death every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide (around 10–20 million) each year. Suicide is ranked as one of the three leading causes of death among people aged 15–44.In Australia, 2132 deaths were as a result of suicide in 2009—six deaths per day—higher than transport accident deaths (1479). Even th... Read more...

    TAGS: statistics, suicide

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  • Disability Support Pension Customers: Statistical Summary

    Posted 7/04/2011 by Joanne Simon-Davies
    The Disability Support Pension (DSP) is a means tested payment for people with a disability. To be eligible for the DSP a person must be permanently blind or have a permanent physical, intellectual or psychiatric impairment. To qualify for the DSP, a person must be aged 16 years or over but have not reached pension age at the time of claiming (for more information on eligibility see the Centrelink website). As at June 2010, there were 792 581 DSP customers, this is an increase of 35 463 (4.7 per... Read more...

    TAGS: disability, pensions, statistics

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