Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL)

Press Release by the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Updated 5 November, 1997

June 5 1995


An online Australian Bureau of Statistics data service to Australian universities was formally launched in Canberra today by the Minister for Employment, Education and Training, Simon Crean.

It will provide 24-hour-a-day access to a significant component of the ABS time series, including economic and social data from the price index, national accounts, trade, labour, agriculture, manufacturing and demograpahic surveys and collections.

The service became available late last month and is presently being accessed by 12 of the nation's 38 universities through the Australian Academic and Research Network (AARNet), the Australian arm of Internet. It results from a cooperative venture between the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee (AVCC), the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the ABS to support research and teaching at universities.

The project is funded by the Department of Employment, Education and Training (DEET) to encourage nation-wide library initiatives in the area of electronic provision of information to staff and students of Australian Universties.

Users will be able to select a time series and have it automatically loaded and opened into their application. The download process takes seconds and the user is provided with a table containing considerably more data than is presently available in any ABS publication.

The data will be made available shortly after its daily scheduled release time of 11.30am.

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