Australian Census information

Data from the 2016 Australian Census

The Australian National Census (officially the Census of Population and Housing) is the largest statistical collection in Australia, covering many demographic characteristics for the Australian population. Australia’s Census is conducted every 5 years, with the most recent Census taking place in August 2016.

Australian Census data

Australian Census data is a rich dataset that provides a snapshot of Australian society and the demographic characteristics of areas across the nation. Over time, data from each Census provides an ongoing data series that can be used to track changes taking place over the last few decades.

Census data aims to accurately measure the population of Australia, including the number of people and dwellings, along with their demographic characteristics for dimensions including age, marital status, ethnicity, language, religion, income, tenure, housing costs, education, employment and disability.

Census 2016 results

Data from the 2016 Census is available for a wide range of geographic areas, from SA1s (a few street blocks in urban areas) through to the entire country. This makes Census information the most effective tool for understanding local population change and the characteristics of communities.

When will 2016 Census data be available?

.id’s online tools and resources make Census data easy to access and understand, presented as information that users can analyse to tell the demographic story of their area without having to spend time aligning, matching and navigating the datasets.

Following the latest Census in August 2016, the ABS collates and processes approximately 10 million Census forms into a database, and produces the dataset for release.

The ABS will release the 2016 Census data in stages:
• 1st release (Australia and States/Territories data) – 11 April 2017
• 2nd release (data for all geographic areas covering main simpler topics) – 27 June 2017
• 3rd release (more complex topics) – October 2017
• 4th release (SEIFA and other derived datasets) – 2018


.id Census information release dates – product updates

Following the ABS releases of data, .id spends time aligning the Census data into geographic areas that make sense for everyday usage and analysis. Between each Census, as the population grows and changes, the SA1 geographies change to include an average of between 200-800 people. We use the ABS statistical area information to transform Census data into information for real-life geographic areas such as suburbs, regions and localities. We also align the data over time, to account for changes in questions and topics within the Census, so you can accurately tell how things have changed over time.

Read more about the scheduled updates to .id products to include 2016 Australian Census data

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