Guides and Training material


Pacific Business Register Development Guide 2014

This guide is jointly produced by the Pacific Community (SPC) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) as part of their effort to provide leadership for statistical development in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs).  It is a broad guide to assist the development and improvement of business registers in national statistical offices (NSOs) in PICTs, to ensure that:  

  1. development progresses according to global best practice; and  
  2. development occurs consistently and harmoniously within the Pacific region to allow better statistical comparability across borders and future cooperation between NSOs in the region. 


GIS (Mapping)

QGIS for census and survey mapping and analysis-2017

QGIS for census and survey mapping, and analysis Draft 2017

This document details the steps required to: 

  • Plot and modify GPS Household locations,
  • Create and modify administrative boundaries,
  • Produce field maps for Supervisors and Enumerators, including automatic map production,
  • Basic approach to raster datasets,
  • Basic spatial analysis,
  • Basic approach to geographical databases. 

Regional Workshop on the Use of Geographical Information Systems for the Conduct of Agricultural and Population Censues and Surveys (see video below); GIS workshops and attachments tailored according to countries’ needs.

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Data Analysis and Report Writing for CRVS

As countries work towards improving their CRVS systems, a number of countries are now in a position where their routine administrative processes either are able to, or will soon be able to generate reasonably reliable data. Ensuring that system improvements are reflected in an actual improvement in the availability and reliability of data is a key regional challenge. It is critical that this data is analysed, reported, and made available to decision makers. This may be a significant change for many NSO’s who have not previously had a clear role in the analysis or reporting of this data. This course book aims to build capacity in these areas.  


Legislation for CRVS in the Pacific: Best Practice Guidelines

Many Pacific Island countries and territories have begun to review their legislation over the last five years with support under the Pacific Vital Statistics Action Plan using the WHO Comprehensive Assessment Tool for CRVS. As a result of these assessments, a number of countries have highlighted legislation improvement as a core priority at the national level. This document builds on the work undertaken to date in order to: 

  • provide an overview of the key legal issues and challenges facing the Pacific;
  • develop an assessment tool that countries can use to assist them to implement best practice in upcoming legal reviews; and
  • assist in facilitating the uptake of new opportunities in registry practice by ensuring countries have considered both current and future registry needs.  

 You will also find additional CRVS materials on our Sub-regional training on medical certification of causes of death page.