The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical operation undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census Night, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live.
The Census is of vital importance to Australian communities.
Community organisations, private institutions and all levels of government use Census figures as the basis for many planning decisions, such as where to provide services for the elderly and young people.
The number of seats each state and territory has in the House of Representatives is also based on Census figures, as are federal funding arrangements to the states and territories. Census information is used as the basis for allocation of GST revenue to the states and territories
The 2011 Census will take place on 9 August 2011.
Keep up to date with Census news
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Email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'add to Census email' in the subject field, to keep up to date with the latest Census developments and releases. You can opt out at any time.
How do I access Census data?
Census Data for 1996, 2001 and 2006 can be accessed via a range of Census online products available from the Census Data Online page. Some data from earlier Censuses are available as a historical release.
If the Census information you require is not available as a standard product or service, then for a fee ABS Consultancy Services can help you with customised services to suit your needs. Contact 1300 135 070 from within Australia or International callers +61 2 9268 4909, for all your Census and other information needs. Alternatively, please use the following contact form:
This page last updated 19 May 2010