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Wednesday 5 August 2015
Replacement Content
    Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), 2011
    This release updates references to the title of the classification on the about the classification page.
First Issue
    Research Paper: Constructing an Experimental Household-Level Socio-Economic Index of Disadvantage Using GSS Data, August 2015
    This paper explored the feasibility of constructing an experimental socio-economic index of disadvantage at the household level using General Social Survey (GSS) data. The interest in finer level indexes arises from the need for detailed disadvantage information to complement broad measures such as area based indexes. The GSS covers a broad range of socio-economic variables which enables the incorporation of many dimensions of disadvantage. The 2010 and 2014 GSS datasets were analysed separately to construct an index of disadvantage for each period. Both simple and complex measures of disadvantage were explored. The simple measures consisted of counts of indicators and domains of disadvantage while the complex method involved using weights derived from principal component analysis to combine the variables to derive a summary or composite measure of disadvantage.

Thursday 6 August 2015
    Labour Force, Australia, July 2015
    Summary results of the monthly Labour Force Survey containing estimates of employed and unemployed persons classified by sex, full-time/part-time status, states and territories and some age groups; and persons not in the labour force.
    Livestock and Meat, Australia, June 2015
    This publication presents statistics on livestock slaughterings and meat production. These statistics are based on a monthly collection from abattoirs and other major slaughtering establishments and include estimates of animals slaughtered by country butchers and other small slaughtering establishments. More detailed information on this series can be obtained by referring to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) quarterly publication, Livestock Products, Australia (cat. no. 7215.0). Additional time series spreadsheets containing state/territory and national data are available from the Downloads tab for this publication. These spreadsheets contain original, seasonally adjusted and trend estimates for slaughtering and meat production for bulls, bullocks and steers, cows and heifers, cattle (excluding calves), calves, sheep, lambs and pigs.
Additional Information
    Building Approvals, Australia, June 2015
    These data cubes present Building Approvals data for small geographic areas.

Friday 7 August 2015
    Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, June 2015
    The monthly Overseas Arrivals and Departures (OAD) publication contains statistics on the travel movements of persons arriving in, and departing from, Australia. The focus of this publication is to provide information and analysis of short-term movements (i.e. less than one year), in particular short-term visitor arrivals (STVA) and short-term resident departures (STRD). Statistics on permanent and long-term movements (i.e. one year or more) are also available, however, permanent and long-term movements in this publication are not an appropriate source for migration statistics. For information on Net Overseas Migration (NOM) refer to Migration, Australia (cat. no. 3412.0) and for quarterly NOM data Australian Demographic Statistics (cat. no. 3101.0).
    Housing Finance, Australia, June 2015
    Contains time series data for secured and unsecured housing finance commitments for owner occupation, commitments for construction or purchase of dwellings for rent or resale, and loan outstandings to individuals/households for housing. For secured housing finance for owner occupation, this publication presents the number and value of commitments made by banks, permanent building societies, wholesale lenders n.e.c. and other lenders, provided to individuals/households. These commitments are classified by construction of dwellings, the purchase of new and established dwellings, the refinancing of existing dwellings and alterations and additions to dwellings.

Monday 10 August 2015
First Issue
    Research Paper: A New Analytical Platform to Explore Linked Data (Methodology Advisory Committee), June 2015
    The advancement of technology, new methods and emerging data sources have presented both opportunities and challenges to the ABS. While Big Data provides new business opportunities for statistical production, there remain some challenges the ABS needs to overcome. The ABS is exploring semantic web techniques as one possible solution to overcome some of these challenges. This paper describes a prototype Graphically Linked Information Discovery Environment (GLIDE) created using semantic web techniques to better manage statistical information. This paper demonstrates one analytical application of the GLIDE by using it to derive network statistics and create models to distinguish true firm deaths from spurious ones. The ABS has an established process for identifying firm exits, but is not able to distinguish the type of exit – whether it is due to restructuring, merger/takeover or a genuine death. This paper uses multilevel and Bayesian Network models to distinguish true and spurious firm deaths by incorporating network statistics. It is important to account for spurious deaths for statistical production to ensure data quality. The model results also perform much better after incorporating network statistics. We conclude that semantic web is a useful approach for statistical purposes and that network analysis can be used to effectively distinguish true and spurious firm deaths.
    Lending Finance, Australia, June 2015
    Contains time series data on the value of monthly commitments for secured housing finance, other personal finance, commercial and lease finance. Includes summary tables of personal and commercial finance commitments under fixed and revolving credit facilities, the value of goods under finance lease commitments, and the value of personal, commercial and lease finance commitments by purpose. Also included are thematic tables on the financing of housing, motor vehicles and plant and equipment.

Tuesday 11 August 2015
Additional Information
    Federal Defendants, Australia, 2013-14
    This additional release provides information about federal offences. Rather than apply an order of precedence to the offences for each defendant case to enable the defendant to be represented by one principal offence, the total number of federal offences finalised are counted. These data are presented by both the Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC) as well as the Federal offence grouping, an alternative view created to compile groups of Commonwealth offences of particular interest to users, based on Act and Section information. These groups comprise a range of offences that may reside in a number of different ANZSOC Divisions.
    International Merchandise Trade: Confidential Commodities List, July 2015
    The Confidential Commodities List (CCL) details all import and export commodities which have been subjected to confidentiality restrictions since 1 January 1988. Also included is a description of the information contained in the CCL and some details about the impact of confidentiality restrictions on ABS merchandise trade output.

Wednesday 12 August 2015
    Wage Price Index, Australia, June 2015
    The Wage Price Index measures changes in the price of labour services resulting from market pressures, and is unaffected by changes in the quality or quantity of work performed. It is unaffected by changes in the composition of the labour force, hours worked, or changes in characteristics of employees (e.g. work performance). Information about the wage price indexes has been released for each quarter since September 1997. Individual indexes are published for various combinations of state and territory, public and private sectors, and broad industry groups.
    Livestock Products, Australia, June 2015
    Provides quarterly statistics on livestock slaughterings (including chickens), meat production, receivals of wool by brokers and dealers, exports of live sheep and cattle and exports of meat. Includes seasonally adjusted and trend totals for number slaughtered, meat produced and wool receivals.

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