Future Directions in Regional Statistics - New Data
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It is an exciting time for the regional data user community with new and proposed regional datasets being developed.
Government agencies are working together to develop their information as secure public assets that can be utilised for statistical purposes. The ABS is collaborating to develop new datasets which have great potential to provide new regional information.
Data by Region is produced by the ABS and is a compendium of regional data. The ABS is always seeking new regional data for Data by Region.
New datasets added to Data by Region recently:
● Bankruptcies - number of Non-business, Business Related and Total bankruptcies
● Protected Areas - proportion, hectares of land and number of protected areas within a region such as National Parks and Nature Reserves
● Solar Installations - these data on solar panel systems and solar water heaters appear for the first time, sourced from the Clean Energy Regulator.
● Average House Price Information - These data for houses and attached dwellings appear for the first time, sourced from the various Land Valuer Generals and Land Titles offices across Australia.
● Disability Estimates - These modelled data on persons living with a disability in private dwellings appear for the first time, sourced from the ABS.
● Internal Migration - Recently produced details on Arrivals, Departures, and Net regional migration.
● Patents and Trademarks - These data on patents and trademarks applications appear for the first time, sourced from IP Australia.
Data Integration Projects that could result in more regional data
The 1015.0 - Information Paper: Transforming Statistics for the Future, Feb 2016 sets out the initiatives that will better utilise administrative datasets, including:
● Sourcing new data
● Combining household surveys
● Combining business surveys
● Improving access to data
These initiatives have the potential to increase the availability of regional data, especially where there are components of the integrated data that have a locational aspect.
Currently we have listed just two of these, but more information will be posted here as these datasets develop.
Linked Employer - Employee Database
The Linked Employer-Employee Database links various ABS and Australian Taxation Office datasets, such as the ABS Business Register, Personal Income Tax, and Business Activity Statements to allow the analysis of three interrelated factors: labour, firms and jobs.
|Extended Business Longitudinal Dataset|
The Extended Business Longitudinal Dataset brings together information about businesses from a range of sources, including business surveys, business administrative data and tax records. See link for more information about this data set. As a starting point, there is potential to use this data set to develop regional indicators for small and medium-sized businesses. Such indicators may include R&D expenditure, export sales, capital expenditure and more