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What's in this guide?

Welcome to your resource guide for Statistics!

How many hours do Australians spend online? 
What is the rate of population growth in Brazil?‚Äč

Has the global incidence of malaria decreased in recent years? 
How much rainfall does Adelaide get? 

Statistics help us to understand large and complex sets of data, and can provide important information to support your research.

This guide is designed to help you find and use statistical data.
Use the tabs above to navigate, and please let us know if you need any assistance. 

*Keep in mind that numbers can be manipulated and charts and graphs can be presented in an impartial way. Be aware of bias in statistics, and make sure to evaluate cross-check your facts!

Who Collects Statistics?


Most statistics are collected and published by government organisations. In Australia, the Australian Bureau of Statistics is the largest publisher of government statistics. 

Other Australian government bodies such asSafeWork Australia also publish statistics. An extensive list of Australian govt. depts. who provide statistics can be found here

International Organisations

Organisations such as the United Nations (UN) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) publish global statistics on topics such as health and economics. 

Professional Associations

Professional associations may also collect statistics related to their field.  Such organisations exist for most professions. Search the web for the names and links of organisations to see if statistics have been published.

Special Interest Groups

Special interest groups and research organisations collect statistics on particular subject areas, e.g. the Australian Council for Educational Research, Diabetes Australia.