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ABS Video Tutorials
|These video tutorials will familiarise you with a range of ABS products that are useful in the classroom. You can view transcripts of each segment by clicking on the triangle next to its heading.|
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Includes: A brief introduction to, and aim of, the tutorial ABS Resources for Teachers.
|Segment 1: Tutorials Introductory Video|
Duration: 0:33 seconds
Tutorials Introductory Video
Includes: Introduction to the Census topics as well as what is not included in the video segments.
|Segment 2: Introductory video for Census topics|
Duration: 0:39 seconds
Size: 1.96 MB
Introductory video for Census topics
Includes: Searching for key summary Census data using QuickStats.
|Segment 3: Census product - QuickStats|
Duration: 3:34 minutes
Size: 8.04 MB
Census product - QuickStats
Includes: Using MapStats to find Census data for your area of interest, that can be visually explored.
|Segment 4: Census product - MapStats
This product is ideal if you want to visually explore the spatial distribution of a Census topic as it provides thematically mapped Census statistics for your chosen location. MapStats is fast and simple to use and no mapping skills are required.
Start at the ABS homepage and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'MapStats' in the body of the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. Search for a geographic area by using any of the tabs above the key word search box.
In this example, we will search using the keyword: 'Ballarat'. Click on the ‘Search’ button and a list of all the places that include 'Ballarat' is displayed. Select a specific geographic area from the list of results. In this example we’ve selected Ballarat Local Government Area. A Map of the selected area appears; check it is the wanted area and click on ‘Select Topic’. Notice the default count method is set as Place of usual residence. Place of usual residence is where people usually live, as opposed to place of enumeration which counts people based on where they were on Census night.
Now choose a topic and subtopic for which you want data. Let’s choose Language and Proportion of People who speak a Language other than English. Click on ‘Select Sub Location’. This will determine how the map of your chosen location will be divided. The options depend on the size of the location you have selected. Here we have the choice of a Collection District or Statistical Local Area. Let’s keep it as a Collection District and click on ‘View MapStats’. The map opens in the Summary tab and may take several seconds to load. You are now presented with a map for your chosen geographic area.
The areas are displayed in a range of colours to convey differences in the Census topics being investigated. Please note the legend at the bottom of the page. The percentage breakdown will change depending on the distribution of a particular variable in the area you select. Note that you can also view a copy of the map in Acrobat Reader or Portable Network Graphics (PNG) from the Downloads tab.
The Portable Network format should be used to copy, resize and paste the map into a report. Click on ‘Free Download’ to open file. The best maps to use are Local Government Areas by Collection districts as they display the smallest geographic area data and give a better spatial distribution of a variable. Why not generate a MapStats report for the local government area of your school and ask students to observe a topic of their choice. Can you see this being of use to your students?
Duration: 2:50 minutes
Size: 9.6 MB
Census product - MapStats
Includes: How to find Census data for your area of interest using Community Profiles.
|Segment 5: Census product - Community Profiles
Community Profiles allow you to investigate a diverse range of Census topics from six different perspectives. Each profile looks at a different population or respondent location and presents a comprehensive statistical picture of a particular area.
Start at the ABS website homepage and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'Community Profiles' in the body of the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. As with QuickStats and MapStats, search for a geographic area by using one of the above tabs. In this example we will type in a keyword to search for our area of interest. Select a specific location from the results list. Scroll down to view all locations for your search. Let’s select Wyndham Local Government Area.
Once a selection has been made, a map of the chosen area appears. Check it is the wanted area. If it is, click on ‘View Community Profiles’. Depending on the area you select, there may be up to 6 types of Community Profiles available: the Basic Community Profile, the Indigenous profile, Time Series profile, Place of Enumeration profile which refers to the location of respondents on Census night, the Expanded Community profile which provides more detailed data than the Basic Community profile, and the Working Population profile.
Click on the Downloads tab to find the downloadable files for each profile. Open the profile you want to explore by clicking on the 'Free Download' link. You can choose to save the file to a specified location or simply ‘Open’ the file and save it later. The community profile will open in an Excel spreadsheet with a list of Tables. The tabs at the bottom provide links to further table topics, concepts and definition and individual tables. If you want to know more about this Census product, a separate tutorial on Community Profiles is available from the ABS suite of self-directed learning videos.
Duration: 2:45 minutes
Size: 7.58 MB
Census product - Community Profiles
Includes: How to find detailed Census data for your area of interest and downloading a Census table.
|Segment 6: Census product - Census Tables
Census Tables are very useful when you need detailed data on a particular Census topic for a particular area. They are sourced from Community Profiles but provide an easier way to look at the tables. Note that Census Tables and Community Profiles are pre-formatted tables and the same list of variables is used for all geographic areas. There are also Census variables with full classification tables available. These tables are more detailed than the standard Census Tables. Types of variables include: Industry of Employment, Occupation, Birthplace and Language spoken at home.
Start at the ABS homepage, and click on 'Census Data' on the left hand navigation menu. Find 'Census Tables' on the page and choose which year’s Census data you want displayed. You can see that unlike other Census products, you have two search options for Census Tables: find data by either topic or location. Let’s search by location and click ‘Next’. Please note you can select different search methods using the tabs above. Type in your chosen area of interest. In this example we will type in 'Parramatta' and click ‘Search’ to continue. Select a specific location from the search results list. We will choose Parramatta LGA in this example. Once a selection has been made, a map appears to check it is the area you wanted. If it is, click on ‘Select Topic’.
Before choosing a topic, you can choose a count method. In 2006, primary output is based on Place of Usual Residence, which is the default setting. Other count method options are Location on Census night and Place of Employment. When choosing a count method note that Place of usual residence generates all person variables; however, the location on Census night count method generates variables based on dwellings and households. For example – internet and computer usage. We will leave the default setting as our preferred count method. Select a topic from the list. For this example we’ll choose Birthplace and then from the data list we will choose Country of birth by Age and Sex. Click on View Census Table.
To open the Census Table in Excel, go to the ‘Downloads Tab’ and click on the ‘Free Download’ file. You can either choose to Save or Open the file. Save the file if you expect to come back to it again. Otherwise you can open and save the file later. This is what your table will look like in Microsoft Excel: you are presented with a list of countries of birth for the Local Government Area of Parramatta. The table provides a breakdown by Sex and Age. If you want to view a full classification table, go back to the Topics page and select your topic of interest from the list .
To continue with our example we will once again select Birthplace. Then select a full classification table if it’s available from the data list. To continue, click on ‘View Census Table’. To open the Census Table, go to the ‘Downloads' tab and click on the ‘Free Download’ link on the right hand side of the page. Once again you can Save or Open the file. The table has a more detailed list of the countries of birth for people living in Parramatta; however, a breakdown by age is not provided for the full classification table.
Duration: 4:56 minutes
Size: 13.5 MB
Census product - Census Tables National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers
Includes: Introduction to national statistics tutorials for Commerce and Economics teachers.
|Segment 7: Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers|
Duration: 0:23 seconds
Size: 1.13 MB
Introductory video - National Statistics for Commerce and Economic teachers
Includes: Finding Key National Indicators on the ABS website and a demonstration of how to access source publications.
|Segment 8: Key National Indicators|
Duration: 2:25 minutes
Key National Indicators
Includes: Finding Consumer Price Index (CPI) on the website and a demonstration of how to access a CPI education resource from the ABS Education pages.
|Segment 9: Consumer Price Index|
Duration: 2:41 minutes
Size: 7.63 MB
Consumer Price Index
Includes: A demonstration of the National Accounts themes page and how to find quarterly and annual GDP data.
|Segment 10: National Accounts|
Duration: 2:46 minutes
Size: 8.41 MB
Key Products for Teachers
Includes: A description of some of the main features of the Australian Social Trends publication and where to find it on the ABS website.
|Segment 11: Australian Social Trends|
Duration: 3:09 minutes
Size: 9.00 MB
Australian Social Trends
Includes: How to find the Measures of Australia's progress publication and a brief demonstration of key features.
|Segment 12: Measure of Australia's Progress|
Measures of Australia’s Progress came out of the growing interest in assessing whether life in Australia was getting better. One outcome of measuring and reporting on progress is to make sense of the world we live in. Students can use this publication as a rich information source for assignments in a range of subject areas, with a focus on longitudinal analysis. A class discussion could arise about the potential indicators of a country’s progress and the approach taken by ABS to measure progress in Australia.
The Measures of Australia’s Progress publication is found on the left-hand menu of the ABS homepage, under Key Products. The publication opens on the home page to present the latest articles on selected indicators. On the left hand menu under the Summary tab there are links to chapters and all available feature articles. In the 2009 issue, you can also access a 10 year summary for selected indicators. Here, the annual rate of change for selected summary indicators is displayed on a graph. Please note, although publication layouts may vary from year to year, the left hand navigation menu will always provide links to core information available in the publication.
We will go back to the home page via the Summary tab, and click on a topic of interest. There are time series graphs displayed with accompanying commentary. Scroll down to find related publications of interest. A list of all related publications is also found under the Related Information tab. If you would like to access the source data for use with your students, click on the Downloads tab and then click on the Excel icon. The data cube will open in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet on the contents pages. Table topics covered in the PDF publication will be included in this spreadsheet. Open a table from one of the worksheets below. You can also open a table from the body of the page. Simply click on the table number to open the time series data you want. This table is displaying life expectancy for the ten year period 1997 to 2007.
Duration: 3:02 minutes
Size: 8.75 MB
Measures of Australia's Progress
Includes: How to find the Yearbook Australia series and a brief demonstration of key features.
|Segment 13: Yearbook Australia|
Duration: 1:39 minutes
Size: 5 MB
This page last updated 19 June 2013