ABOUT THIS ISSUE
This paper has been produced as a part of the Australian Census Analytic Program (ACAP), in conjunction with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Demography Program.
The Australian Census Analytic Program is a collaborative venture between the ABS and several of Australia's leading academics and social science researchers. The program is designed to demonstrate the power of Census data, whether used in isolation or when combined with other sources. Each research project conducted under ACAP involves detailed analysis of data from either the 2001 or 2006 Censuses, and significantly advances our understanding of Australia's social, cultural and economic environment. This research project included an analysis of Census data from 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Censuses.
An unprecedented level of collaboration between the ABS and the research community has led to the publication of important but previously unrevealed information about Australian society. Much of the research undertaken can lead towards practical policy development.
The authors of this paper are Professor Peter McDonald (Director, Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute, The Australian National University) and Dr. Rebecca Kippen (Future Fellow, Centre for Health and Society, University of Melbourne).
Views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Where quoted or used, they should be clearly attributed to the author.