The ABS's new dynamic aggregated data dissemination tool ABS.Stat Beta is growing! ABS.Stat Beta, the tool presenting ABS statistics in alternative ways (web browser and/or machine-to-machine web services), has made significant progress since its launch in December 2012.
Google Analytics show that the National Regional Profile dataset is the most viewed, followed by Merchandise Exports and Merchandise Imports.
Over the next 12 months, the ABS is focussing on loading a lot more datasets in ABS.Stat and installing upgrades as they become available.
The list of datasets has steadily expanded to include new statistics such as:
Economic indicators: Balance of Payments and Merchandise Trade
Price indexes: House Price Index
Social data: National Regional Profile
Annual and Quarterly Estimated Resident Population (ERP)
Population Projections, Australia, 2006 to 2101
Industry statistics: Sales of New Motor Vehicles
In May 2013, the ABS showcased ABS.Stat Beta by participating in GovHack, an event that brings together data owners and developers to work on innovative access to government data.
The ABS sponsored two award categories - Open Government and Data Journalism; and in particular we wanted to encourage the use of ABS machine to machine web services.
The award for Data Journalism used the web service in developing an application that utilised the National Regional Profile data.
The Open Data award was won by developers of an application which provided a comprehensive view of Australia's history by combining datasets from both the ABS and non ABS data sources.
GovHack was a successful event for the ABS demonstrating creative use of ABS data, especially combining it with data from other Government sources. It also allowed the ABS to engage well with applications developers.
Find out more about ABS.Stat Beta and watch this space for further developments!
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What is ABS.Stat?
ABS.Stat is a free web tool that presents ABS statistics in a searchable, flexible and dynamic way. It increases the usability of ABS data by providing a versatile interface and integration of data across a range of aggregated ABS statistics.
Why have ABS.Stat?
Currently ABS statistics are available on our website as static Excel spreadsheets, PDF and SuperTable SRD (summary record database) file downloads. In contrast, ABS.Stat provides a dynamic and direct method of accessing ABS data through the use of dynamic tables and intuitive search functionality. ABS.Stat also provides web services in SDMX format for automated machine-to-machine data exchange.
How can we access ABS.Stat?
ABS.Stat is available on the ABS website from this link:
All of the products in the second phase of Census 2011 release data have now been released.
As well, most in the third phase have also been released.
These include Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) and TableBuilder (Basic and Pro)
These are accessible from this web page:
The first of three phases of 2011 Census data has now all been released.
Core demographic data items are available in this first data release.
Check out the QuickStats product to obtain information about your local area, your state/territory or all of Australia by clicking here
Census 2011 products now released are:
Census of Population and Housing: Basic Community Profile DataPack (cat. no. 2069.0.30.001)
Census of Population and Housing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Profile DataPack (cat. no. 2069.0.30.002)
Census of Population and Housing: Time Series Profile Datapack (cat. no. 2069.0.30.003)
Census TableBuilder Basic (cat. no. 2072.0) and Pro (cat. no. 2073.0)
Census DataPacks - DVD - Place of Enumeration, Expanded and Working Population (cat. no. 2069.0.30.009)
Census of Population and Housing: Place of Enumeration Profile DataPack (cat. no. 2069.0.30.004)
Census of Population and Housing: Expanded Community Profile DataPack (cat. no. 2069.0.30.005)
For detailed information on exactly what other 2011 Census products will be released,Comments 
The Australian Bureau of Statistics website Microdata pages provide comprehensive information about microdata produced by the ABS.
On the entry page, you can access: Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFSs), the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), the ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL), TableBuilder, DataAnalyser and MiCRO (where you can register, apply, review and manage approved CURF microdata access).
Errors were found in the 'Services component' of the Goods and services analytical series for each of the eight state/territory capital cities data that were published on 25 January 2012 in ABS catalogue number 6401.0. These errors affected the December quarter 2011 observations for the index number (Table 11), percentage change from corresponding quarter of previous year (Table 12), and percentage change from previous quarter (Table 13).
These corrections affect only one of the Analytical series that accompany the CPI release. There are no errors in the headline or underlying CPI series.
Information paper Census of Population and Housing – Products and Services, 2011 (cat. no. 2011.0.55.001), has been released on the ABS website. This paper outlines key information about the 2011 Census product suite and data release timetable.
Visit our Census NewsBoard for more information.
The new Business Longitudinal Database, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2004-05 to 2009-10 is on the ABS website.
To find out how to apply for access to the new Business Longitudinal Database CURF, visit the How to Apply for Microdata page.
For more information on existing and future CURF releases view the List of Expected and available Microdata
For any other enquiries relating to microdata, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Discover the National Statistical Service (NSS)
The National Statistical Service (NSS) is a community of Government agencies, led by the ABS, building a rich statistical picture for a better informed Australia. One of the main aims of the NSS is to develop and improve the statistical system to ensure that providers and users of statistics have the confidence to trust the statistics produced.
The NSS seeks to improve the full suite of statistics produced by the Government. Government agencies are increasingly producing and/or using statistical information for developing policy, performance monitoring and program evaluation. The NSS is working to ensure that relevant statistical data can be brought together through an agreed set of statistical frameworks, principles, polices and data resources for the benefit of government agencies. The information base will include important statistics generated as a by-product of the administrative processes of Government, as well as the outputs of statistical collections conducted to support government activities. The key benefit of this initiative will be the availability of a larger range of relevant and high quality statistics for informed decision making.
A key NSS initiative is the Statistical Clearing House (SCH) which provides a central clearance point for business surveys, that are run, funded or conducted on behalf of the Australian Government. The purpose of the SCH is to reduce duplication, minimise the burden on business and ensure that surveys are fit for purpose.
To assist in improving the quality of statistical collections and information management activities, the National Statistical Service also provides access to Online resources to support the development of statistical expertise. These resources include the NSS Handbook, A Good Practice Guide to Sharing your Data with Others, the Data Quality Online tool and the Sample Size Calculator.
The objectives of the NSS are set out in the NSS Vision Statement, along with the NSS initiatives that are improving the quality of national statistics.
For more information about the NSS, please visit nss.gov.au or email email@example.com.
The new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is being implemented in the Building Approvals collection from July 2011. To assist clients with the transition from the old geography (the Australian Standard Geographical Classification or ASGC) to the new, we will publish outputs based on both classifications for 12 months (July 2011-June 2012).This will result in a number of changes to the Building Approvals publication, Catalogue # 8731.0, commencing with the July 2011 issue.
The change in geography affects statistical geographic areas below state and territory level. Consequently, building approvals data currently released for the ASGC classifications of Capital City, Statistical Division, Statistical Sub-division, and Statistical Local Area will need to be released on the ASGS levels of Greater Capital City Statistical Area, Statistical Area 4, Statistical Area 3, and Statistical Area 2.
These lower levels of geography are mainly published in the Excel datacubes and SuperTable files under the 'Datacubes' section of the publication online. As you will see from the information included below, we will be increasing the amount of data released. By delaying the small area release we are allowing additional time to process the greater volume of information.
Currently, we have scheduled the additional information release for small area data up to ten days later than the main release, including customised data requests based on this information. Over time, should we be able to reduce the processing time adequately, we will discontinue the release of additional information and go back to releasing the small area data at the same time as the PDF and Time Series Spreadsheets.
- The 24 current Excel datacubes and 24 current SuperTable cubes will all be released as additional information. We will be adding the following 16 files as a result of releasing on the ASGS.
- NSW SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- Vic. SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- Qld SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- SA SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- WA SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- Tas. SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- NT, SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- ACT, SA2 datacube 2011-12: Excel Spreadsheet
- Statistical Areas 2s: New South Wales, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: Victoria, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: Queensland, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: South Australia, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: Western Australia, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: Tasmania, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: Northern Territory, 2011-12: SuperTable file
- Statistical Areas 2s: Australian Capital Territory, 2011-12: SuperTable file
This amounts to a total of 64 files to be released as additional information.
The web summary, PDF and all the Time Series Spreadsheets will be released as part of the main release.
Since we will be releasing four new time series spreadsheets for the territories the table numbering has changed so the previous Tables 74-82 will now be Tables 78-86.
We also have one new time series based on the ASGS - the equivalent of Table 10 for capital cities. This new Time Series Spreadsheet will be part of the main release and will be Table 87. Number of Dwelling Units Approved, by Greater Capital City Statistical Area.
Therefore, for the main release we will be publishing the web summary, PDF and 87 Time Series Spreadsheets.
Previously published notifications of this change include:
- Additional information dates scheduled and advertised in Release Advice on the ABS website
- April 2011 Building Approvals Australia - Feature Article on the implementation of the ASGS:
- June 2011 Building Approvals Australia - Changes in this issue plus additional information dates published:
- July 2011 - About this release updated to include information about delayed small area release