Keynote Presentations

The stories behind the numbers  
Presented by Bernard Salt - KPMG Partner

In this session, Bernard will share his insights into how data is interpreted by business and the media. He argues that it is the stories behind the numbers that provides the excitement. He will provide examples of how he has used ABS data to build an interpretation of social and consumer trends. Dealing with the media is different. Bernard argues that you need an over-arching theory, data and an example to pitch trend stories to the media.


Tracking Trends: The role of the Census in changing the debate, and people’s lives  
Presented by Cassandra Goldie - CEO - ACOSS


Afternoon Plenary Sessions

Inform, Persuade, Engage - Census is sexy!
Ivan Motley - Founding Director, Informed Decisions 
If the biggest task facing Australia is managing our growth then surely achieving and maintaining social cohesion is one of the most challenging of all our objectives. Managing the processes population change requires a reality check as to where and when things are happening – not to mention the magnitude of change that is occurring. The Census provides us with the most compelling evidence base to ensure we are making good investment decisions to achieve fair and equitable community outcomes – particularly regarding access to housing and services that form the basis of equitable and sustainable communities. This presentation is the story of how the team at .id have added value to Census data to provide local government with compelling evidence on which to base their decisions.

Smarter Census: adding intelligence for better decision making - Download presentation
Catherine Caruana-McManus - Smarter Cities Executive, IBM
Catherine Caruana-McManus will discuss the idea of the ‘Smarter’ Census and the opportunities that exist to harness the power of technology to enable more automated data collection and intelligence to be added to the data for better decision making about the future of our nation by both public and private sectors.  

Local Intelligence: Taking statistics and what the Locals know and using it to welcome the world - Download presentation
Lara Wilde - Rural Ambassador, Local Intelligence
The world wide web has provided humans from all walks of life with an abundance of data to sift through, translate and filter.
Local Intelligence takes strong factual data provided by reputable sources such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics and combines that with locally sourced stories and information to provide a simple, easy to use, central source of Local Intelligence to guide your business or family when choosing a life in rural or regional Australia.
This presentation will look at the simplest and easiest ways to incorporate your Local Intelligence with statistics to create a credible and reliable resource which you can use anywhere in the world.


Concurrent Sessions

On the move

Using Census data to understand spatial growth patterns in our major cities - Download presentation
Leanne Johnson - Urban Research Leader, Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development
The role of BITRE's Cities Research Team is to provide research that informs Australian Government policy development on cities, as well as wider community understanding. BITRE is currently undertaking research into spatial changes in population, employment and commuting within Australia's major cities, with a view to providing a solid evidence base about the reality of the trends that have been shaping our cities in recent years. The presentation will show how census data has been used to build this evidence base. It will focus on illustrating some of the findings for Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, and highlighting the connections to policy development. 

Journey to Work Census answers give firm foundations for decisions on transport questions
Philip Norman - Senior Economist, Economics and Transport Modelling Branch, Department of Transport, Victoria
Transport statistics are typically only of bronze quality, compared to the gold standard used in macroeconomics, but the Census journey to work answers are more valuable than gold to transport decision-makers. The presentation will explain how the origins and destinations of journey to work trips, and their transport modes, provide rich spatial data for transport planning at the project level. As the transport of students is almost as big a task as the commuting of workers, the talk will conclude with the case for including journey to educational institutions as a question in the 2016 Census.  

Commercial usage of Census data in aviation - Download presentation
Cally Ward - Manager Research,Queensland Airport Ltd
QAL utilises Census data in the fast-paced commercial work, when conducting business development with airlines, as well as in infrastructure planning, which moves very slowly by comparison. This presentation will illustrate how Census data can be applied to long term planning and to business development, focused on presenting robust, well-researched and commercial business cases to airlines, in order that they invest in new routes or grow the capacity of existing routes.


Optimising health services

Community Service provider aims to improve delivery of home nursing care - Download presentation
Andrew Jones - Project Manager, Royal District Nursing Service and David Coombe - Spatial Information Science, Research Consultant, GISCA National Centre for Social Applications of GIS
Community Service provider aims to improve delivery of home nursing care.
The Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) Victoria is a community organisation providing home and community nursing and healthcare services throughout Victoria, Tasmania and New South Wales. RDNS wanted to profile a number of areas in order to better target the delivery of their services.
RDNS partnered with GISCA to assist them with this objective. GISCA undertake high quality basic and applied research of social and demographic data using GIS technology.
Together, RDNS and GISCA were able to develop, access and analyse data and establish a spatial information system. Over 26,000 de-identified RDNS client records were geocoded and integrated with a range of databases. To support the development of the RDNS service plan, GISCA mapped services to clients in each Statistical Local Area and made comparisons with 2006 census data provided in the Basic and Expanded Community Profiles Census Data Packs.
RDNS have now been able to better identify and modify their service delivery to meet the needs of the ageing population in local catchment areas through the development of data analysis and population maps  

Rates of use of State Service - Download presentation
Tim Carlton - Director, Demography Section, Commonwealth Grants Commission
State agencies are often interested in the rates at which different groups use hospitals and other State services. This is generally easy for variables such as age, where respondents are generally consistent in their answers in both the administration (hospital admission records) and census. However for many variables differences arise. While someone may identify as being Indigenous in the census, they may not when admitted to hospital. The way the census identifies the unemployed is very different to the way the TAFE enrolment form identifies the unemployed.
Can we use the census to more accurately assess whether:
  • Indigenous people use hospitals more than non-Indigenous people?
  • people with poor English proficiency are more likely to use Public Housing?
  • the unemployed are more likely to use TAFE?
This paper looks at a variety of indicators of use of State government services available from the census. What does "Use with caution" mean in this case?  

Diversity is our strength - Data collection which helps inform health service providers
Helon Jevons - Suicide Prevention and Research, Transcultural Mental Health Centre
Australia’s population is one of the most culturally and linguistically diverse in the world and a public health framework has at its very foundations, the systematic collection of population and health related behaviour data, which provides the evidence base for health service providers. With this in mind, agencies such as the Transcultural Mental Health Centre (TMHC) extensively utilises Census data in a number of ways. These include, informing direct service provision by identifying the dynamic and changing nature of the Australian population and the citation of Census information in strategies, plans and submissions.
The presentation will highlight how TMHC has utilised Census data within a public health framework, with the use of a case study i.e. a Suicide Prevention Project. The presentation will also suggest, that the information currently collected within the Census, could greatly assist future research and explorations of culture and health, by:
  • considering the use of the Standards for Statistics on Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (ABS, 1999) for future Census, and
  • facilitating further, the exploration of linking existing Census Data with other data collections, such as migrant settlements records (ABS, 2009).


In my place

"The Census In My Place" City of Melbourne and it's use of ABS Census data
Austin Ley - Manager City Research, City of Melbourne
The aim of this presentation is to describe how City Research Branch uses ABS Census data to meet the information needs of the City of Melbourne by creating a valuable information tool to assist with planning. The presentation will focus on the City User model and how we have used ABS Census data with our own data to estimate and forecast the number people using the city and how they use it.  

Using Census data to Inform Regional Communities - Download presentation
Caroline Veldhuizen - Senior Research Fellow, Hunter Valley Research Foundation
The Hunter Valley Research Foundation is a not for profit organisation that has been providing information and assistance to regional communities for more than 50 years. We conduct cutting edge social, health and economic research. Our goal is to assist community and business leaders to make better decisions and promote the wellbeing of people living in the Hunter and Central Coast as well as regional Australia more generally. The availability of Census Data is crucial to our ongoing fulfilment of this role. Accordingly I will explore the following:
  • Use of census data alongside ABS and HVRF survey data in quarterly breakfast publications and presentations
  • Use of data about housing, income and education to assist policy makers in regional settings
  • Use of Census and other data to inform community leaders about key demographic changes likely to impact on communities and economies
  • Use of Census data alongside the HVRF’s groundbreaking Wellbeing research in the Hunter and the Central Coast 

The use of population statistics in planning - Download presentation
Jeremy Reynolds - Manager, Demographic Research, Department of Planning and Community Development, Victoria
Managing population growth in Australia's cities and regions has been described as the greatest challenge facing Australia since federation. The census provides unique insights into the structure and changes in our economy and society. Editing, analysing and modelling urban and regional change using census data provides much of the evidence base used by the Victorian Government in its planning and delivery of services


Indigenous insights

Census data for Indigenous policy and planning - Download presentation
Dr Nicholas Biddle - Research Fellow, Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian National University
In 2007, the Ministerial Council of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs commissioned CAEPR to undertake a multi-year project looking at Indigenous population and socioeconomic dynamics. Using the 2001 and 2006 Censuses, a range of analyses have been undertaken including the creation of an index of relative socioeconomic outcomes, the construction of a set of small-area Indigenous population projections, analysis of residential segregation patterns and a book on the Indigenous lifecourse using the 5% CSF. The aim of this presentation is to use this analysis to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of the Census for Indigenous policy and planning and outline some plans for the 2011 Census.

  Aboriginal development - Making data work
Peter Yu - Chief Executive Officer, Nyamba Buru Yawuru Ltd
Localised agreements arising from native title recognition are forging new approaches to regional development where Indigenous people have real equity in local economies and mainstream governance institutions. Fundamental to these approaches are Indigenous demands for accurate and relevant demographic and socio-economic data to inform investment decisions intended to achieve economic and social objectives, as well as providing a basis for transparent accountability. The recent Yawuru native title global agreement in the Broome region highlights the inadequacy of existing data as a critical aid to determine investment strategies for comprehensive and sustainable development. This has prompted Yawuru to work with CAEPR and other research institutions to design their own population survey methodology that is relevant to a new development paradigm and to provide a realistic baseline to measure achievements and impacts on indigenous rights and interests over time.

  Census data, the COAG targets and spatial analysis - Download presentation
Matthew James - Branch Manager, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous (FaHCSIA)
This presentation will outline the role of Census data in monitoring progress against COAG's six targets for overcoming Indigenous disadvantage through the National Indigenous Reform Agreement. It will also focus on how Census data is used, in conjunction with other data, by FaHCSIA to develop community profiles. A key focus of the presentation will be to outline situations in which Census data is either the only or most appropriate data source to use.


Environmentally significant

Consumer forecasting micro-simulation for strategic planning and environmental policy - Download presentation
Dr Don Perugini - Director, Intelligent Software Development
Driven by ABS census data and population dynamics, ISD’s SimulAIt (socio-economic and consumer modelling) micro-simulation platform has been able to achieve over 95% accuracy in predicting consumer behaviour to assist with strategic planning and environmental policy. Past clients include Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment, Victorian Department of Human Services, Central Highlands Water, and Queensland Water Commission. SimulAIt has been able to simulate up to 2 million households to answer broad range of policy questions around water restrictions, rebates, concessions, marketing, pricing, trading, and capital planning.  

ACF's Sustainable Cities Index - Download presentation
Monica Richter - Sustainable Australia Program Manager, Australian Conservation Foundation ACF's Sustainable Cities Index launched in June 2010 provides a snapshot of the comparative performance of Australia’s 20 largest cities across 15 indicators with the aim to stimulate discussion and encourage healthy competition between our cities. Sustainability is about learning to live within our means while increasing the social cohesion and liveability of our cities. This requires greater investment in efficient, affordable and healthy transport choices, and improved energy and water efficiency in homes and workplaces. This presentation will focus on the sources of data used to make up the Index including the use of the Census data. ACF hopes that the Sustainable Cities Index will provide a source of inspiration towards achieving a sustainable Australia.

  Using ABS data in Commercial Market Analysis - A Case Study
Graeme Philipson - Research Director, Connection Research
Connection Research is a market research company that makes extensive use of ABS data to help shape its research. The company conducts surveys into household and business sustainability practices and energy and technology usage, and uses ABS demographics, classifications and data extensively to ensure the statistical validity of its methodology.
Connection Research also overlays its findings on ABS demographic data to model usage patterns of electrical and electronic equipment and sustainable technologies by household. Connection Research is a good example of how a commercial market research company can greatly improve the quality of its work by the intelligent usage of ABS data.


Census @ work in your community

Communities NSW – How we use the data! - Download presentation
Dr Phil Hamdorf - Director, Research and Development, Communities NSW - Youth, sport, gambling and the aged
This presentation will showcase the expansive use of ABS census (and other) data across Communities NSW. Comprising over 20 separate entities, Communities NSW uses ABS data in a myriad of ways including:
  • Development of the NSW Youth Strategy 2010-15;
  • Analysis of the socio-economic status of schools registered as operators of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme;
  • Sport grants program evaluation using the SEIFA Index of Relative Disadvantage;
  • Prevalence studies in gambling and problem gambling;
  • Aboriginal participation in cultural activities;
  • Community profiling and policy development in under-represented groups such as Indigenous, CALD and older clients;
  • Needs analysis for planning of gambling support services;
  • Analysis of disadvantage of postcode in regional sport and recreation program delivery using the SEIFA Index of Relative Disadvantage;
  • Determination of volunteers as a proportion of the total age group;
  • Stats Chats – an internal publication concerning statistics in sport and recreation; and
  • Geo-demographics for profiling in target marketing for the Sydney Olympic Park Authority.

Enhancing community outcomes using Census data - Download presentation
David Coy - Community Development Officer, Central Coast Council, Tasmania
The idea of conducting a household census is not a recent development; there is evidence to support the fact that the Romans and Chinese gathered this information several thousand years ago. 2001 marked the bicentenary of the Census in Britain and the first Census in Tasmania was conducted in 1842. In each instance there were underlying reasons as to why those Censuses were initiated, in most cases it was much more that a count – it was more about making meaning about communities and their people.
“Enhancing Community Outcomes using Census data” aims to bring Census information to life!
The data from the past three ABS Censuses has underpinned the development of the Central Coast Council’s development and implementation of the Council’s Positive Ageing and Youth strategies and the Community Profile. Time series data combined with what is known in local communities can bring new meaning to Council planners, Federal, State, and Local Government, established and emerging businesses, community groups, researchers, educators, students, as well as various cohorts such as older and young people who reside and/or work in the community.
The analysis and contextualisation of ABS Census data has been fundamental to understanding many of the key issues pertaining to our community. This in turn has assisted the Council in the development of specific actions in the Youth and Positive Ageing strategies that lead to tangible and meaningful outcomes for the community. 

Census data and the Maribyrnong community - Download presentation
Malcolm Roberts-Palmer - Social Planning and Research Officer, Maribyrnong City Council
Census data assists in determining the characteristics of the Maribyrnong community including age, ethnicity, gender, income and social, and economic disadvantage. This information forms the basis for Council's policies and projects which support the Maribyrnong community such as the Council Plan, the Citizen Enagement Framework and the Maribyrnong Story.
The Maribyrnong Story is a web based resource that describes and explores the foundations necessary for health and wellbeing and the connections to the work of Council. The resource can be used by Council staff, community organisations and residents to assist with developing proposals for funding, advocacy campaigns, and ensuring programs and services are well targeted for the community.


Wide brown land

Planning for change: understanding the Murray-Darling Basin - Download presentation
Jim Donaldson - Director, Research & Information, Basin Planning , Murray Darling Basin Authority
The presentation will discuss some of the challenges faced by the Murray-Darling Basin Authority in proposing a new Basin Plan to guide future water resource management in the Basin. It will discuss how social and economic information has been used to build an understanding of Basin communities and underpin analysis of the likely implications of introducing sustainable water diversion limits for industries and communities. In particular the presentation will focus on how ABS data has been used in this process, the role of Census data and some of the challenges encountered.  

The seven D's of demography in the NT - Census insights to government strategy - Download presentation
Dr Dean Carson - Head of Population and Tourism Studies, Charles Darwin University, Northern Territory The Northern Territory Government and the Charles Darwin University have entered into a partnership aimed at building capacity to analyse demography data and develop a deeper understanding of the dynamics of the NT population. During the course of the partnership, it has become clear that those dynamics are substantially different from what might be expected elsewhere in Australia. We have used Census data (among other sources) to demonstrate that the demography in the NT is diverse, distant, delicate, dependent, dynamic, detailed and different. This presentation will show how we have used Census data to develop an understanding of the NT population that recognises these seven d's.  

Collaborating for Indigenous Outcomes in Regional/Rural Far North Queensland
Anne Stapledon- Facilitation for Empowerment
This presentation will describe the use of Small Area Census data to inspire collaborative action by service providers to Indigenous people in a regional/rural Indigenous Location/Urban Centre. The CIOM (Collaborating for Indigenous Outcomes in Mareeba) Network is an initiative established and maintained by Mulungu Aboriginal Corporation Medical Centre in Mareeba, a town of around 7,000 people on the Atherton Tablelands, 80km north-west of Cairns.
The second part of the presentation will share a ‘Guide for Outside Aboriginal Organisations, Private Organisations, Government Groups and Officials wanting to Consult with the Traditional People of Eastern Kuku Yalanji Country’, produced by the Yalanjiwarra Jalunji Marrjanga Aboriginal Corporation. This Guide is a potent mix of common sense and respectfulness that provides useful information for those wanting to collect data in Indigenous communities.


Faces of the Census

Counting Diversity - Why The Census is Integral to shaping Multicultural Communications - Download presentation
Faye Spiteri - Communications Director, Cultural Perspectives
he presentation will focus on how important ABS Census data is in strategy development and delivering targeted and effective multicultural communications camapigns across the public and private sector
It will overview case studies of successful campaigns where ABS Cenus data was critical in shaping campaign development and implementation.  

The Census in a Multicultural Australia - Download presentation
Peter van Vliet - Assistant Secretary, Multicultural Affairs Branch, Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Australia has enjoyed bipartisan multicultural policies and programs for nearly forty years. Waves of migration have helped to shape our nation, and enriched Australian society. Australia is now one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. This presentation will reflect on the multicultural composition of Australian society today, and describe how the Department of Immigration and Citizenship uses Census data to understand Australia's diversity.  

Calculating belonging – Ethnicity in 200 years of Australian Censuses
Beth Wright - Australian National University
Ethnicity is seen as a core element of individual identity, like sex or age. Consequently it has always been a significant component in Australian censuses from the time of the first musters through to the colonial censuses, then on to the development of the first Commonwealth Census, and finally through to the Census in 2011. Birthplace was introduced in the 1840s in New South Wales. By the first Commonwealth census on 1911 there were four ethnicity questions. In the Australian census today there are ten ethnicity-related questions. The ethnicity-related questions in the census have changed significantly over the years primarily as the reasons for asking the questions changed. These measures have included ancestry, indigenity, religion, citizenship, race and birthplace.


Profiling for better planning

The Census - Compelling Economic Development - Download presentation
Matthew Nichol - Principal Economist, Compelling EconomicsPlace of work employment data identifies the key strengths and drivers of a local economy. What are the characteristics of the people employed in our key local industries? Comparisons of local age, education and occupation characteristics with State and National profiles guide targeted education, training, and skilled migration initiatives, and strategic planning more broadly.
When employment profiles are benchmarked with other regions, gaps and potential economic development opportunities appear. ABS place of work employment and National Accounts datasets are applied to build REMPLAN economic models of local economies. REMPLAN (and input output models in general) estimates likely indirect impacts from a direct change scenario in terms of output, employment, wages and salaries and value added; data that can be applied to support economic development, planning and funding applications.
This paper presents case studies illustrating the value of ABS Census data for economic development.  

Wireless Broadband: Census for better network design - Download presentation
Robert Southerton - Manager, Marketing Analysis & Planning, vividwireless
Launching Unwired in Melbourne using census data to target the most efficient network design for maximum customer uptake and future capacity requirements.
  • Profiling the Unwired customer base and matching high uptake to CCDs
  • Ranking CCDs within our spectrium liscense, Selecting Melbourne for our network expansion
  • Melbourne network design for maximum uptake and future capacity requirements
  • vividwireless

Census data as a tool for helping local churches to understand their community - Download presentation
Dr Bob Dixon- Director - Pastoral Research Office, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
This presentation will describe how the Catholic Church in Australia acquires and uses Census data for research and planning purposes. Since 1991, the Church has been acquiring data customised according to user-defined boundaries and user-defined tables. Delivery of the data to end users at parish level has become increasingly sophisticated with each successive Census, as has the assistance given to users in terms of understanding and interpreting the data. Following the 2006 Census, a comprehensive profile, in the form of a 28-page colour booklet, complete with tables, graphs and a map, was created for each of Australia's 1,350 parishes and 28 dioceses (regions). Plans for the 2011 Census include the construction of an interactive online thematic mapping facility for use by personnel in parishes and other Catholic agencies. Copies of the 2006 profiles will be available and the 2011 online facility will be demonstrated as part of the presentation.


Workshop Sessions


Empowering the Census

Understanding the new geography - Download presentation
Alister Nairn and Marcus Blake - Australian Bureau of Statistics
The Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) is a new set of regions for publishing Australian small area statistics. In July 2011 the ABS will start to replace the previous geographic standard, the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the ASGS. This session will provide illustrations and answers to many of the common question surrounding this change and provide an opportunity for attendees to ask their own questions.  

Tips and tricks for TableBuilder - Download presentation
Jo Prezzi - Australian Bureau of Statistics
This session will guide you through an interactive demonstration of how you can use TableBuilder to suit your unique data needs. We will show you how you can easily create a custom table, see the data on thematic map or download your data for use in other systems.  

Demystifying SEIFA - Download presentation
Jeff Wright and Peter Radisich - Australian Bureau of Statistics
Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed especially for those interested in the assessment of the welfare of Australian communities. Using Census data, the ABS develops a set of indexes to allow ranking of regions/areas, providing a method of determining the level of social and economic well-being in each region.
SEIFA has a number of applications, including research into the relationship between socio-economic status and various health and educational outcomes, determining areas that require funding and services, and identifying new business opportunities.
This session will briefly explain what is SEIFA and then provide advice on how to use it appropriately. There will be opportunities for attendees to ask questions.  

Australia's future population - where are we going? - Download presentation
Patrick Corr - Australian Bureau of Statistics
There has been a lot of debate about the future size of Australia’s population. There is an ongoing need for population projections to support good planning for the future.
This session will explain the role of the ABS in providing evidence to inform debate, discussion and decision making. It will explain why the ABS has 72 projection series, what they are, comparisons with other publicly available projections, and how to use population projections in an informed way.  

Unearthing the rough diamonds of Census data - Download presentation
Emily Walter - Australian Bureau of Statistics
There’s a wealth of Census data out there that hasn’t necessarily reached its full potential. This session will aim to raise awareness of the rich source of lesser used, misunderstood, and unknown data.
Attendees of this session will learn how to find the data and develop ideas about how to use it.


Census +

Demographics from the cloud
Brad Spencer - Managing Director, NuMaps
Since the 1970s we have witnessed incredible improvements in productivity associated with the development of geospatial products and services. This was mainly through the gradual adoption of digital technology like GIS and Remote Sensing tools. As a result, spatial data in many different applications has reached new markets and in turn fed new demand for spatially based solutions and services and users of ABS census statistics can also benefit from these technological advances. This paper discusses how these changes have the potential to extend the use of Census statistics to a broader community not currently using this authoratative, rich and comprehensive national data set. There will also be an online demostration of a mashup showing DemographicDrapes overlayed on top of GoogleMaps.

Census gets down to business - profiling the local economy  
Lailani Burra - Associate Director, Informed Decisions
This presentation showcases the use of Employment by Industry Sector, Journey to Work and Place of Work data to convert Census data into valuable knowledge about local economies.
Using the City of Monash as an example we explore an online economic profile and show how it can be used for land use and strategic planning, local economic development and investment attraction, as well as to support local businesses and enhance funding applications.

Accessing Historical and Colonial Census data through the Australian Social Science Data Archive - Download presentation 
Professor Deborah Mitchell - Director and Dr Steven McEarchern - Deputy Director, Australian Social Science Data Archive
The Australian Data Archive, through agreement with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, provides access to historical census materials for secondary research use. Contained within ADA Historial is all standard ABS data tables from censuses since 1966, as well as the Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive, covering the colonial census reports for each colony for the period 1833-1901.
This presentation provides an overview of the materials available through the ADA Historical sub-archive, including:
  • An introduction to the Australian Data Archive
  • An overview of the Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive
  • An overview of the ABS census data holdings
  • Accessing ADA Historical census materials
  • Future plans and developments for ADA Historical

eCensus: A case study - Download presentation
Rodney Hennegan - Application Architect, Global Business Services, IBM  
For the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is again providing the eCensus collection mechanism, giving Australians the ability to complete their Census form online. eCensus was first offered in 2006, and aims to provide an accessible, robust, secure and easy to use alternative to completing the traditional paper Census form.
eCensus 2011 is a mass scale internet event similar to the Olympics or Australian Open. In this workshop Rod Hennegan, the IBM lead architect for the 2011 and 2006 eCensus program discusses the unique nature of the eCensus requirements and its solution. The workshop discusses the roles played by ABS and IBM, the security and capacity measures necessary to support census night and secure the highly sensitive data eCensus collects, and provides a business level view of the underlying technologies that make it possible.

Working with Community Care Services to integrate Census and program data for advocacy and program planning - Download presentation
Andrew Clark - Hunter Region Minimum Data Set Support Worker, Gosford City Council, NSW  
This workshop will describe the development and implementation of a series of ongoing workshops operating across the Hunter Region and NSW for community care NGOs . These workshops sought to make service providers aware of how they can integrate programmatic minimum data sets (MDS) and Census data. The aim of the workshops was to give service providers an understanding of how they could tell stories about the service users to improve service governance, delivery and advocacy based upon evidence rather than assertions. This session will describe the challenges of developing the workshops and describe the approach and materials used in the workshops for NGOs.

Understanding Australian communities - What information is important and to who?- Download presentation
Mike Salvaris, Sue West and Geoff Woolcock - Australian Community Indicators Network 
The demand for data about Australian local communities seems to be growing with many web sites (from all levels of government and community organisations) providing community information, including summary data. This session will provide a synopsis of some recent initiatives to provide data about communities across Australia, with some using an 'indicator framework' to decide what is presented.The Census is a major source of data used to provide community profiles, but other data sources and community information are also used. Data is presented by different agencies using a range of different frameworks and information.
The recent formation of an Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN) brings together practitioners working in this field to share their knowledge and experience, with a common interest in directly involving local communities in the utilisation of local data to improve community planning and development. ACIN is to be launched at this event and new members are very welcome - membership is free.