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For further information about the three different profiles check out the Community Profiles page on the ABS website.
Using Community Profiles
To use the Community Profile search tool select the Census year you want data for. Use the drop down menu to select data for the following years: 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001 and 1996 as shown below.
Note: Underneath the Search Community Profile tool is a link to Advanced search. Advanced search allows users to search for a location or geographical area of interest using additional tools including text search, address search and search by map.
Typing a location or geographical area of interest in the search field will result in a list of the available geographic areas that have Community Profiles. A predictive list of search items begins to display after typing the first three characters and will be continually refined as subsequent letters are typed.
After a correct location and geographic structure has been chosen, click the go button. A Community Profile download page will appear for the selected geography area.
In the example below, Victoria State/Territory (STE) was chosen.
Once the Community Profile download page appears, links to the available profiles for the State/Territory (STE) of Victoria will be available.
Depending on the geographical classification you’re looking at, some of the Community Profiles may not be available. This is because the 3 types of Community Profiles are not available across all geographies. For example, if a user searches for the State Suburb (SSC) of Mansfield (Vic.), only the General Community Profile would be available. For more detail on which geographies will be available, view the Community Profiles geography table.
For information on Australian Statistical Geography Standard classification structures read the Statistical Geography page
Clicking on one of the profile links on the download page will download a zip file containing the profile Excel workbook.
A Community Profile Excel workbook is made up of a number of components:
Each profile contains different tables of data spanning a range of topics.
Below is an example of table G09 from the General Community Profile. Users can navigate directly to the table from the List of Tables or List of Topics section by choosing the link to the table (G09) Country of Birth of Person by Age by Sex, it provides data that describes the top 53 Countries of Birth by Age by Sex.
This table (G09), is spread across 6 worksheets, G 09a, G 09b, G 09c, G 09d, G 09e and G 09f.
Worksheets G 09a and G 09b provides information about males, worksheets G 09c and G 09d provides information about females and worksheets G 09e and G 09f combine male and females into a Persons count.
Each profile table includes information about the geographic area the data relates to, the table population and if the table is based on place of usual residence or place of enumeration. Links to information about key data items can be found under the 'Find out more' heading. These link to relevant data items in the 2016 Census Dictionary. Footnotes are also used to provide users with additional details.
Across each spread sheet small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals. To understand why the ABS has taken this approach, read Confidentiality and protecting your data.
If you cannot find the information that you require have a look at the other profiles (if available).
Community Profiles: http://youtu.be/rFTKEb75SaE
Community Profile tutorial transcript.pdf
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