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06-Nov-2017 7:00 AM


6 November 2017

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School's not out yet but Census data is

As we approach the end of the academic year, new Census data provides a fascinating insight into the most common occupations for those with tertiary qualifications. For those with bachelor degrees or above the most common occupation was Registered Nurse, followed by Primary School Teacher. When it it came to other qualifications, such as advanced diploma, diploma or certificate-level, the top two fields were Sales Assistants and Electricians.

The Census data also showed that people born overseas were more likely to have a non-school qualification (60 per cent) than those born in Australia (54 per cent). The top five countries were India (79.3 per cent), Bangladesh (78.7 per cent), Brazil (77.5 per cent), Zimbabwe (77.2 per cent) and Canada (76.3 per cent).

For more information, read the ABS Educational Qualifications analytical article and data summary

An ABS spokesperson is available to discuss this data

Exposing extent of violence in Australia

The first results from the ABS 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) will be released this Wednesday.

The PSS collects a wide variety of data on the nature and extent of physical and sexual violence, emotional abuse by a partner, and stalking and sexual harassment experienced by men and women aged 18 years and over in Australia. This data is collected every four years and is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services under the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children. Until then find out what was in the 2012 Personal Safety Survey here.

A spokesperson for the survey will be available for interview after 11.30am on 8 November 2017

Measuring employment: the one hour rule

Have you ever wondered how the ABS measures employment? The ABS has some simple information for you in 'Labour Force Explained'. For example, we define people as employed if they work one hour or more in a week. The vast majority of part-timers work more than 15 hours a week.

The 'one hour rule' is an international standard and allows ABS employment figures to be compared with other countries. We have used it since the Labour Force Survey began more than 50 years ago, so long-term comparisons can be made.

An ABS labour force expert is available to discuss this topic

Our most Christian regions

The most Christian regions in Australia are predominately made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and can all be found in Queensland. They include Palm Island, Yarrabah, Kowanyama - Pormpuraaw and Northern Peninsula, which all have over 80 per cent of the population affiliating with Christianity. Gundagai in NSW has 79 per cent of its population affiliating with a Christian denomination.

Conversely, the three regions with the lowest Christian affiliation are all found in Sydney. Auburn - North was lowest at 14 per cent, followed by Prospect Reservoir with 15 per cent and Auburn - Central with 17 per cent. Christianity does still remain the most common religion in Australia, with 52 per cent of all Australians indicating they had affiliation with a Christian religion in 2016. 

Islam (2.6 per cent) and Buddhism (2.4 per cent) were the next most common religions reported while nearly a third of Australians (30 per cent) reported in the Census that they had no religion in 2016.

An ABS spokesperson is available to discuss this data

Results for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey - coming soon! 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. Survey results will be published on the Marriage Law Postal Survey website on 15 November 2017. 

Demographic changes on display

The latest release of 2016 Census data shows how demographic changes are reflected in the broader economy, including occupations and top employers.  

For example there was a 19 per cent increase in the number of Community and Personal Service workers from 2011 to 2016, which includes occupations such those working in aged and child care. This reflects an increased focus on disability services in line with an ageing population while an expanding demand for child care supports the increasing employment of parents.

The largest industry by employment recorded in the Census was Health Care and Social Assistance, spanning sectors such as hospitals, GPs and aged and child care which employs 1.35 million people, 13 per cent of all employed people.

Find out more about Census employment data at Employment Data Summary, part of the Stories from the Census series, and Employment in Australia.

An ABS spokesperson is available to discuss this data


Coming your way

The ABS has releases coming up on Building Approvals (Thursday 9 November) and Census DataPacks (Friday 10 November). 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.

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