2079.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Community Profile, DataPack and TableBuilder Templates, Australia, 2016  
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The ABS Census of Population and Housing provides a comprehensive picture of Australia's people, how they live and where they reside. Data is provided through a series of products including QuickStats, Community Profiles, DataPacks and TableBuilder. The following templates show the standard tables that will be available when the data is released, starting on 27 June 2017. Users can now identify how the data will be made available as part of Census products and plan requirements for any customised tables.

Customised Data Services are for users to request customised datasets via the online Information Consultancy Form. This is a charged service (in accordance with Commonwealth Cost Recovery Guidelines).

This publication will be updated late May to include product shells for TableBuilder.

Please note that when the data is released from June 27, the totals in the tables may not equal the sum of the contributing cell values. This is a result of perturbation, a technique applied to ABS outputs that makes small random adjustments to cell values to avoid the release of confidential information. The size of the difference between a total and the sum of the perturbed cells will generally be very small.


Community Profiles present Census data in Excel spreadsheets to provide a comprehensive statistical picture of an area.

They include key social, demographic and economic characteristics of people, families and dwellings and cover most topics on the Census form. They can be used to compare different areas or different population groups, providing an excellent tool for research, planning and analysis.

The 2016 Census Community Profiles have been rationalised to provide three key products:
1. A new General Community Profile (combined 2011 Basic and Expanded profiles)
2. Time Series (2006 to 2016) Community Profile
3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Community Profile.

Community Profiles will be available from June 27 2017. Community Profiles will be available for most of the geographies in the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard, from state level down to Statistical Area Level 2. For the 2016 release, the Community Profiles will no longer be available at the SA1 level, however this information will be available in TableBuilder. For the 2016 Census, the former Community Profiles relating to Place of Enumeration and Working Population data will only be available through DataPacks.


DataPacks are suitable for experienced data users who have their own database or analysis systems. DataPacks contain data for the main Census characteristics of people, families and dwellings for geographic areas ranging from a single Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia. Use DataPacks if you want Community Profile data for numerous geographic areas.

Sample DataPacks are based on the following Community Profiles:

1. A new General Community Profile (combined 2011 Basic and Expanded profiles)
2. Time Series (2006 to 2016) Community Profile
3. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Community Profile.

DataPacks will be available from July 12 2017. The following DataPack samples display the format of the 2016 data files complete with short header descriptors. They also contain metadata files and help documentation. DataPack files will include 2016 Census data and Digital boundary files. The July release of DataPacks will include the three Community Sample profiles as listed above plus the Place of Enumeration Profile.