Walkley Foundation training program: Data-mining on the ABS website

4 October 2012

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Writing an article on religious affiliation and need to know the number of Zoroastrians in Australia? Maybe you’ve been asked to support a claim that a relationship exists between alcohol or drug consumption and crime rates. Not sure where to find this information?

In this course you will uncover the wealth of data available on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website, one of the most powerful statistical research tools in the country. You will learn about the range of free data available and be introduced to the tools to locate these. In particular the course will cover the results from the 2011 Census and discuss the classifications and methodologies used to produce these figures.

At a very broad level, you will learn to:

  • Locate demographic, social and economic data available on the ABS website
  • Navigate the 2011 Census products for geographic areas
  • Understand the depth of data provided in the 1.1 million pages of ABS statistics
  • Learn about the various support and services the ABS has to offer users


Amanda Biltoft MBA & M.Pol is the National Account Manager for the Private Sector with the Australian Bureau of Statistics. In this role her clients are mainly chief and senior economists as well as economic journalists and think tanks. Her support enables these clients to substantiate, investigate and generate information, facts and graphics with the use of ABS data and tools. Amanda has worked extensively in government service delivery programs as well as the private sector.


Gabrielle Herbert B.Sc & M.Crim is the Manager of Private Sector Engagement for the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Gabrielle has worked at the ABS in a number of sections, with her current role bringing together her collective knowledge of ABS work programs and statistical publications. It is this wide-ranging experience which enables Gabrielle to effectively support the data needs of her financial sector, think tank and journalist clients.

Date: Saturday morning, October 6
9.30am – 12.30pm
ABS Offices, 7th Floor, South Tower, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne (near Flagstaff Gardens)

Cost: MEAA Members – $99; Members of CAL, ASA, APA, IPEd – $125; Non-members – $165

Special Offer: If you are a Student Member of the MEAA, please register your interest in attending. If places are available, you will be offered the Student Rush price of $33. To join the Media Alliance and register your interest, call 1300 65 65 13.

Prices include GST. Fee relief is available to Alliance members who can demonstrate need. Fees may be tax deductible, depending on your individual circumstances. Please consult your accountant.

Book at training@walkleys.com or on 1300 65 65 13.