Statistics and country data

The Library provides access to specialist statistical databases and many statistics are also freely available online. Publishers include governments, international agencies, membership organisations and private entities.

When searching for statistics, consider:

  • are statistics likely to have been collected on this topic? If so, which organisation would collect and publish these type of statistics?
  • the most recent statistics may be several years old.

How to find:

Country overviews

For statistical overviews of countries use either:

  • The World Factbook, compiled by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from authoritative sources.
  • Countries, economies and regions, compiled by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This includes information about Australia's consular relationships with other countries and provision of foreign aid.

Economic and finance statistics

Generate your own country statistics

Use these databases to generate selected statistics across one or more countries, markets or industries:

Country risk ratings

PRS country data provides access to:

  • International Country Risk Guide (ICRG) ratings, which publishes current risk ratings for economic, financial and political risk for 140 developed, emerging and frontier markets. Also refer to ICRG Methodology (PDF, 238KB)
  • The Coplin-O'Leary PRS Forecasts predicts a similar range of economic, financial and political risk factors for periods ranging from 12 months to five years from the present year. Also refer to PRS Methodology (PDF, 282KB).

Health statistics

International:

  • OECD iLibrary provides comparative tables of health status, resources, risks and equipment across all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries. OECD iLibrary reports also include many key statistics.
  • Global Health Observatory (GHO) data is the World Health Organization's (WHO) gateway to health-related statistics and analyses. This data monitors global, regional and country situation and trends.

Australian:

Crime and justice statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides statistics for Australia covering many aspects of crime and justice.

Queensland's official crime and justice statistics are available from the Queensland Government Statistician's Office.

Use the Queensland Police's Online Crime Map to generate crime statistics:

  • by geographic area (e.g. suburb or postcode)
  • time period
  • offence type.

The Online Crime Map provides an easy visualisation option.

Education statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) provides statistics for Australia covering many aspects of education.

Queensland's official education statistics are available from the Queensland Government Statistician's Office. The Department of Education and Training provides statistics and demographic information about state schools.

OECD iLibrary provides comparative tables across all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries comparing educational attainment and national resources dedicated to education (e.g. expenditure, teaching hours, salaries).