Current statistics online

Queensland statistical information is found at the Australian Bureau of Statistics and other agencies such as:

  • Queensland Studies Authority - data on enrolment and assessment outcomes provided by Queensland schools and the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre

Other statistics can be found with a search of the Queensland Government website

Print resources in the National Library

Start with the Library Catalogue
  • select the Browse alphabetically tab
  • choose subjects from the drop-down list  
  • Type your keywords in the search bar

Example: Queensland -- Statistics

Selected works:

Case Study

Information about Queensland

A researcher needs answers to 3 specific questions about Queensland:

  1. What is the total are of Qld in sq miles/ks
  2. What was the total population of Queensland in 1987
  3. What was the percentage of children in care in 1987

1.  Information about the geography of Queensland is given in Queensland at a Glance from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The total area is approximately 1.73 million square kilometres (668,497 square miles)

2.  Population data is also available from the ABS in Australian Historical Population Statistics. Use the downloads tab to open the files, where you can find, in 'Population Age-Sex Structure' for Queensland, 1987:

  • Males: 1344029
  • Females: 1331078
  • Total: 2675107

3.  Information for 1987 are more likely to be available in print. The more recent publication, Child protection Australia  is published by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Catalogue searches for the Institute (going back through 'Former Title' and noting the name change of the Institute) show a 1987 publication, Children in care : Welstat National Data Collection

Statistics are published by state, and include several categories of care orders. Briefly, in 1987 the number of children under guardianship orders in Queensland were:

  • Males: 1,974
  • Females: 1,545
  • Total: 3,519

Later statistics may be available from the following departments: