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Bureau Of Statistics Website Crashes; Census Debacle Embarrasses Government

11.55pm – The Federal Government faces ridicule in the coming days, following tonight’s Census debacle.

As unknown numbers of people attempted to submit their census forms through the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) website, the server crashed. Around 11.30pm, the ABS announced on Twitter that the service would not be restored tonight and an update will be issued tomorrow.

Whilst many people completed the census online without any difficulty, it appears that the sheer volume of traffic during the evening was too much for the system.

The Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, said in a statement that Australians would not be fined for not completing the census tonight.

The technical problems followed days of debate about privacy and security issues, following an announcement by the ABS that names of census participants would be retained for four years.

Statement from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Click to enlarge.


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Unemployment Rate Falls To 5.2%

Australia’s unemployment rate decreased by 0.1 percentage points in November and now sits at 5.2%.

Increased part-time employment, particularly amongst female workers, and a small drop in the number of people in full-time employment contributed to the overall decrease.

The seasonally adjusted labour force participation rate dropped 0.1% to 65.1%.

Text of media release from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia’s unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage points to 5.2 per cent in November 2012

Australia’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 percentage point to 5.2 per cent in November, as announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. [Read more…]

Australia’s Latest Population Figures

These are the latest population figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The percentage increase since the last census is shown in brackets.

  • Australia: 19,727,476 (1.3)
  • NSW: 6,657,351 (1.0)
  • Victoria: 4,888,234 (1.4)
  • Queensland: 3,729,028 (2.3)
  • Western Australia: 1,934,494 (1.4)
  • South Australia: 1,522,456 (0.6)
  • Tasmania: 473,365 (0.4)
  • ACT: 322,234 (0.8)
  • Northern Territory: 197,724 (-0.1)
  • Other Territories: 2,590 (0.2)

Unemployment Falls To 6.7%; Lowest Figure Since June 1990

Seasonally adjusted unemployment figures released today show that the jobless rate is the lowest in nearly 10 years, although the participation rate has also declined.

Unemployment in Australia was 6.7%, the lowest figure since June 1990. New South Wales recorded the lowest State figure of 5.6%, whilst Tasmania continued to record the highest with 9.9%.

The Australian labour force now consists of 9,514,000 people according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. [Read more…]