This page contains links to subject specific NSS material including forums, networks and statistical resources.
The Population Well Being data gaps workshop was a workshop of senior experts from government, academia and the not for profit sector to discuss facilitating whole of government approaches across this field of statistics. One of the outcomes from the workshop was to undertake a pilot data mapping project focusing on early childhood.
There are a range of Australian and International Indicator Projects which aim to measure societal and community progress and wellbeing.
Given this growing interest in community indicators, the Australian Community Indicators Network has been established by a group of professionals working in this field. The network aims to assist people using or developing community indicators to share ideas and information, and to foster collaboration. For more information see the Australian Community Indicators Network webpage.
Background information on previous meetings, seminars and workshops are provided below.
Past Seminars and Workshops
Community Indicators Seminar, Sydney, 15 September 2010
A Community Indicators Seminar was held in Sydney on 15 September 2010 to coincide with the NatStats 2010 Conference. This seminar was well attended from over 60 participants with an interest in community indicators and in ongoing networking and information sharing around indicator developments. Based on the response, the seminar organisers (Sue West, Mike Salvaris and Geoff Woolcock) have proceeded to establish an "Australian Community Indicators Network" (ACIN).
For more information see the Community Indicators Seminar agenda.
NSS Community Indicators Seminar, 18 June 2010
The National Statistical Service (NSS) presented the Community Indicators Seminar to approximately 50 participants on 18 June 2010. The seminar was run live across each state office of the Australian Bureau of Statistics and included a live link between community indicator practitioners from Newfoundland and Labrador in Canada.
Presentations covered recent developments in measuring community wellbeing, issues for maintaining currency in international developments and linking community measures to broader measures. Participants were able to hear about the Newfoundland and Labrador experience while exploring local issues regarding the measurement of community indicators.
Community Indicators Summit, Brisbane, 22-23 July 2009
The Australian Bureau of Statistics hosted a Community Indicators Summit in Brisbane, Queensland, on 22-23 July 2009. The Summit provided a unique opportunity for those interested in Community based indicators to share learnings and exchange ideas related to their initiatives. A feature of the conference program was practical workshops that explored current issues in the development and application of Community Indicators.
NatStats08, Community Indicators Workshop, Melbourne, 19 November 2008
In conjunction with Natstats 08, a small Community Indicators Workshop was held in Melbourne on the afternoon of 19 November 2008, for developers of State and Community based indicators and state government geospatial systems that present multiple datasets for decision-support. The workshop provided an opportunity for participants to network, share learnings, and exchange ideas related to their initiatives.
Community Indicators Workshop Melbourne, 5 & 6 September 2006
The Community Indicators workshop held in Melbourne on 5 & 6 September 2006 was aimed at gathering an understanding of the progress measures, indicators and frameworks that have been developed within Australia for the purpose of assessing community wellbeing.
Transmet - the Transport Metadata Portal has been established under the direction of the Australian Transport Council (ATC) and is administered by the Australian Transportation Data Action Network (ATDAN). It contains information about transportation data collections and how these data can be accessed.
New South Wales Fire Brigade - Australian Natural Disasters Impacts Framework Project
Purpose of the Directory
The Directory was developed to assist Emergency management organisations survey households, to better understand Australia's household preparedness for Fire and Natural Disaster Emergencies. For the purpose of this Directory, household preparedness refers to the measures that households have taken to ensure that they are capable of responding to and coping with the effects of a natural disaster or structural fire, and what resources and services they have used to be prepared for a natural disaster. Natural Disasters in scope for this Directory are those disasters included in the Commonwealth Government Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangement definition: bushfire; earthquake; flood; storm; cyclone; storm surge; landslide; tsunami; meteorite strike; and tornado.
The Directory will provide the means by which agencies can collect up-to date, comprehensive and coherent information on household preparedness. These surveys will therefore become the vehicle to collect information for assessing household preparedness for fire and natural disaster emergencies with a view to improving community safety.
Use of the Directory - Who will use this product?
The Directory is intended for use by those organisations that plan to collect data relating to emergency management. The Directory is designed as a set of data items and questions modules which can then be selected and potentially be put together as a questionnaire. However where data items are dependent there is a need to ask these as a question module or a series of questions. The suggested question modules have not been field tested in all cases, and advice from an expert should be sought before using these data items in a questionnaire.