Statistics enable us to use a limited sample to make accurate conclusions about a greater population. Statistics provide important information that informs research and decision making in our society. The data used to draw these conclusions is usually presented in the form of tables, graphs or charts. As part of your studies you may need to find, access and use statistical data.
Websites of relevant organisations
Most statistics are published by national or state government agencies.
In Australia, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is the largest publisher of government statistics.
The Census of Population and Housing is conducted every 5 years by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The Census provides data on the age and sex structure of the population, birthplace, religion, educational attainment, marital status, family type, income distribution, the labour force, type and size of dwellings, price/rental of dwellings and nature of occupancy.
International organisations such as the United Nations (UN), regularly publish statistics on a number of topics such as health and economics for most countries of the world. Many countries contribute their statistics to international organisations like the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Professional organisations and special interest groups and researchers may also collect statistics.
Not all the information you find on the Internet is accurate, up-to-date and reliable so you should carefully evaluate any resources from the web.
There are statistical publications held by the library which can be searched through the Catalogue.
Choose your keywords and add the word statistics and the state or country you are interested in.
To find journal articles containing statistics on a topic, search a relevant database.
In ProQuest you could search as follows: