Data visualisations help

The data visualisations are designed to allow you explore indicator-based data to find out more about progress being made under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 (the National Framework) and the National Standards for Out-of-Home Care (the National Standards).

This page will help you get the most out of the displays.

Launching data visualisations

The displays can be accessed via the National Framework data page and the National Standards data page. These pages provide a report card for the indicators, and links to the available displays. Additional background information can be accessed via the National Framework subject page.

Displays require Adobe Flash Player 11.1 or later and have minimum browser requirements.

Hint: This help page can also be opened from within a display by clicking on the “D

ata visualisations help” hyperlink located on each display page.

Exploring displays

Navigating between pages

Use the drop down list in the top left corner of the open display to change the page you are viewing. The display for each indicator consists of a chart page, one or more table pages and a technical specifications page.

Switching between rate/proportion and number

The button bar at the top of the open display page can be used to switch between displaying rates/proportions or numbers (the BLUE shaded button is the currently selected option). Rate/proportion is selected by default when you open a display.

Finding the Y-axis unit of measure

The Y-axis is determined by the selection in the button bar at the top of the report (see ‘Switching between rate/proportion and number’). The unit of measure is also obtainable by selecting the chart itself.

Click inside the chart area and then click on the symbol in the top right corner of the open display to show an information panel. The Y-axis unit of measure is recorded beside ‘type’. This panel will also provide a brief description of the chart.

A more detailed description of the chart can be obtained by following the steps for creating quick view tables outlined in the ‘Customising Displays’ section below.

Enlarging a chart

Click inside the chart area and then click on the symbol in the top right corner of the chart area.

To return to the previous view, click on the similar box symbol in the top right hand corner that says ‘Exit maximized view’ when the mouse cursor is hovered over it.

Reading data points

Clicking or hovering over a bar in a bar chart will display additional information, including the value represented by the bar in a small box above the selected bar.

Click on a category in the legend of a chart to highlight corresponding data points.

Finding out more

Click on the hyperlinks in the bottom left corner of a display page to navigate to further information.

Supplementary tables – Contains full data tables, a link to data quality statements and important footnotes for the National Framework indicators and National Standards indicators. The supplementary tables are in Excel format, and can be downloaded.

Data release schedule – Contains information on when new data will be added to the data visualisations for the National Framework indicators and National Standards indicators.

Data visualisations help – Will open this help page in a new window.

Customising displays

Taking charge of the analysis

Use the dropdown menus, tick-a-box selection panels and buttons on a display page to select and deselect variables. Charts and tables will automatically update to reflect your chosen variables.

Hint: Use the legend. The legend for a chart will be located below the chart. When reading a chart you will need to use the legend to work out which variables are displayed in the chart.

The colours in the chart will change depending on the variables you choose, so remember to always check the legend.

Hint: Don’t just rely on the size of the objects in the chart to determine if it is similar to a previous chart you’ve made. The scale on the y-axis (on the left-hand side of the chart) may change depending on the variables you have selected. So, always re-check the scale used for your chart.

The unit of measure for the y-axis is determined by whether you have chosen to display a rate/proportion or a number using the button bar at the top of the page.

Creating quick view tables

Hold the CTRL key and click on the data point/s in the body of the chart you wish to display in a table. Once you have sected all data points of interest, select ‘LINKS’ in the pop-up section window that appears and then click on the ‘Section Link’ to generate the quick view table.

Note: Quick view tables also contain a more detailed description of the chart than that found in the chart description.

Sorting table columns

Table columns with the arrow symbol are sortable. You can sort them in either ascending or descending order by clicking on the symbol.

Exporting data

The existing supplementary data tables include all data and footnotes in a downloadable format. Open the tables by selecting the ‘Supplementary table’ links on each display page.

For all exported data, please attribute the AIHW in the form specified by this copyright policy.