2001 Census powerful planning tool released - CDATA 2001, Sep 2002

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September 26, 2002
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)

2001 Census powerful planning tool released - CDATA 2001

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released its flagship product from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, the powerful planning and research tool CDATA 2001.

On CD-ROM, CDATA 2001 combines Australia's latest demographic information with state-of-the-art MapInfo software to enable planners and researchers to analyse, integrate and visualise census information.

It also contains comparative data from the 1991 and 1996 Censuses.

The Assistant Statistician in charge of the 2001 Census, Paul Williams, said CDATA 2001 was all about helping government, business and the community plan for a better future by injecting high quality data about Australia into the decision making process.

"By having Australian demographic data at their fingertips, users can access a wealth of information on the community - age, education, housing, income, transport, ethnicity, occupation, computer usage, religion and much more", he said.

"Regardless of what business you are in, you need current and accurate information to make decisions about the development and delivery of the right products and services to the right people.

"For example, the retailer who needs to identify potential customers within an age group and income range, the town planner who needs to know the mix of rented/owned dwellings and their impact on recreational and transport facilities, and the insurance company that wants to identify home loan markets and the respective insurance markets, can all benefit from using CDATA 2001", he said.

User comments assisted the ABS develop an easy to use product. CDATA 2001 is offered to users in two formats to satisfy their wide range of requirements.
    CDATA 2001: Full Geographic Information Systems (GIS) - includes the powerful mapping software as part of the comprehensive package. It enables users to conduct more complex analysis as well as integrate, and visualise census data along side their own data.
    CDATA 2001: Quickbuild - enables users to select data quickly and easily for geographic areas and view the results as tables, maps or graphs. It is ideal for inexperienced and intermediate users who wish to build a statistical profile of an area easily.