When searching for statistical information ask yourself:
1. Are statistics likely to have been collected on this topic?
2. If so, which organisation(s) would collect/publish these types of statistics?
3. What keywords might be used to describe these statistics? (eg. deaths might be listed under mortality)
and be prepared for the possibility that:
1. Statistics may not exist for the variables/level of detail you want (eg. only for broader NSW not the Illawarra)
2. The most recent statistics may be several years old
3. Some statistics are not published/freely available
You can find historical data online in sources such as yearbooks from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
Tip: The 2001 Yearbook Australia (Centenary of Federation) volume contains historical overviews on a range of themes.
The New South Wales Year Book and those of other states and territories are also available.
For more search tips refer to the Australian Statistics section of the Finding Statistics guide.
Useful volumes held in the Library include:
* Duplicate volumes to those available online via the ABS website
Other statistical titles:
The ABS > Find Historical Publications catalogues has tips on identifying other useful older ABS publications. Most of these are held in hardcopy in the UOW Library, with many older ABS publications held in the ABS Collection (Level 2 Compactus). Not all these titles are listed in the Library Catalogue. If you are trying to find a specific publication ask Library Staff for help with using this collection.
For more search tips refer to the Australian statistics section of the Finding Statistics guide.