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Understanding Statistics - Non-ABS statistical literacy resource and online learning.

Links to web pages that are designed to assist you to understand, evaluate and communicate statistical data and information. Included are pages on statistical language and on why understanding statistics matters.

Understanding Statistics - Statistical Language.

Helps you to understand a range of statistical concepts and terms with simple explanations.

ABS - A guide for using statistics for Evidence Based Policy.

This guide provides an overview of how statistical information can be used to make well informed policy decisions. Throughout the guide references are made to other resources, relevant training courses and associated frameworks that provide more detail.

How to cite ABS sources.

It is important to cite or reference ABS Statistics; to acknowledge where the information, words or data has come from. It also allows others to find and use the original data or information.

  • Searches are NOT case sensitive.
  • To find pages that include either of two search terms, add an uppercase OR between the terms.
  • If you are looking for an exact title or a phrase you can enclosing those words with 'quotation marks'.
  • To search for similar words place a tilde sign ( ~ ) immediately in front of the term. 
    eg. "~ Labour" would return words such as "Employment" and "Work" .
  • Use three full stops "..." between two sets of numbers to find any number within that range. This works for dates as well as measurements.
  • Try Googling the publication but put AIHW on the end of the search. Example: 'Use of aged care services before death' AIHW

How do I acknowledge a source?

When acknowledging a source (also called a citation ) you should follow the bibliographic style you are using for your text e.g. APA, MLA, Harvard. (See our Referencing Help Guide for more information about bibliographic styles.)

ABS help page: How to cite ABS sources

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