9 October 2017

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The ABS is available from 7am Monday 9 October.
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National Smashed Avo Day - 15 October

It'll come as no surprise to smashed avocado lovers that there is now a National Smashed Avo Day! The day aims to raise awareness and funds to support youth homelessness and luckily for Australians the avocado industry is in a good position to rise to the occasion.

Nationally, production of avocados reached record numbers in 2015-16 (up 39 per cent to 67,600 tonnes) due to increased production levels in all states, particularly Western Australia (up 53 per cent) and Queensland (up 24 per cent) which together account for more than three quarters of the national crop.

So grab a plate and join in the #biggestbrunch to #brunchforacause!

For full details on the state of Australia’s agriculture industry visit the range of factsheets on the ABS website.

A spokesperson from ABS Environment and Agriculture Statistics is available for interview

Dementia on the rise amongst women

Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, was the leading cause of death among women, latest data shows. 

Heart disease remains the leading cause of death overall, while dementia is second and strokes, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases make up the top five. 

While the mortality rates for the three leading causes of death in 2007 - heart disease, lung cancer and stroke - had all decreased by 2016, the rate for dementia increased.

For full details of the leading causes of death in Australia visit the ABS website.

An expert from the ABS Health and Vital Statistics section is available for interview

Happy Diwali! 

Thursday, 19 October marks Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, and there will likely be a greater number of Hindus celebrating Diwali in Australia this year, with the 2016 Census revealing Hinduism as the country’s fastest growing religious group between 2011 and 2016.

Last year, the Census counted 440,300 people reporting Hinduism as their religion. This was 1.9 per cent of the population and  represented a 60 per cent increase since the 2011 Census, when the Hindu population was 275,535.

A plethora of other Census data relating to religion can be found on the ABS website.

Home and businesses soaking up the sun

As spring settles in across Australia, some homes and businesses will now be taking advantage of the 1.5 million small scale solar panel installations put in place between 2001 and 2015.

The region with the highest take up was Baldivis, a large developing region south of Perth, with 3,511 installations. Between 2011 to 2015, there had been 5,608 new private sector houses approved and population grew from 17,264 in 2011 to its current 34,287.

Other regions with a high uptake in solar panel installations were Bribie Island (3,493), Ellenbrook (3493), Noosa Hinterland (3343), Jimboomba (3158), Victor Harbor (3120) and Whyalla (3071). 

To find out more about solar power in Australian Homes, visit the Household Income and Wealth survey on the ABS website.

For further information on Australia's regions, visit the updated Data By Region section on the ABS website.

Fast living: spending on meals out and fast food up by almost one-third

Household spending on meals out and fast food has increased by 28 per cent over the last six years, going from an average of $63 a week in 2009-10 to $80 a week in 2015-16.

Younger households, with a reference person aged 25-34 years, spend more on average than others. These households averaged $100 per week on meals out and fast food in 2015-16.

Want to know more? Find all the detail on household spending on the ABS website.

An expert from the ABS household expenditure section is available for interview

Missing your Marriage Survey form? Orders close 6pm 20 October

We are encouraging all Australians who haven't got a survey form to order a replacement, complete and return it promptly. Orders for replacements will close at 6pm on 20 October 2017. 

Forms can be ordered via the website, at pick-up locations in capital cities and a range of regional and remote locations or byphone

For more information contact the Marriage Survey Media Line on 1800 683 051 or marriagesurveymedia@abs.gov.au

14 sleeps until second Census data release!

The second round of 2016 Census data will be released on Monday, 23 October with topics covering occupation and employment, education, interstate migration, and how people travel to work. A complete list of Census data topics released in October can be found on the ABS website.

To register for a free Seminar on the second release Census data topics being held on 24 October 2017 in Canberra or visit theevent page view it live via webcast on a dedicated web page.

Be sure to check out the award-winning app, ABS Stats, which has now been updated with 2016 Census data. Download forAndroid and iOS now.

Coming your way
The ABS has releases coming up on Housing Finance (Thursday 12th October), Overseas Arrivals and Departures (Monday 16th October) and Labour Force (Thursday 19th October). The ABS welcomes interview requests on all these topics so you can find your own angle and relevant story. 

Find out more at the ABS Release Calendar.

Contact us by emailing media@abs.gov.au or phone 1300 175 070 

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