**The place of work data for the 2016 Census was temporarily removed from the ABS website on November 17. The updated information is now available**

DataPacks is suitable for experienced Census data users who have their own database or analysis systems. They contain data for all Census geographies from Australia down to Statistical Area Level 1.

The data items in DataPacks are contained in CSV files which can be imported into existing systems and are ready for immediate manipulation or merging with digital boundaries.

There is a total of five DataPacks, based on Community Profiles with one additional profile:

  • General Community
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People
  • Time Series
  • Place of Enumeration (additional)
  • Working Population

^ Separate Estimated Resident Population DataPacks will be produced once 2016 Estimated Resident Population data becomes available.

Details on Place of Enumeration and Working Population Profiles can be found in Census of Population and Housing - Products and Services, 2016 (cat no. 2011.0.55.001).

Census data for place of work is currently unavailable as an issue is being corrected.

For more detail on which geographies will be available, view the DataPacks geography table.

To find the latest changes to 2016 data, view the Corrections to 2016 Data.


GeoPackages is a project based on the same concept as DataPacks.

The difference between the two is GeoPackages hold and merge (in a database container), data from the 2016 Census DataPacks with boundary data from the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

Plus there is an option to select and download individual topic GeoPackages rather then downloading the full suite of data.

The first of three releases is based on the 2016 Census General Community Profiles (GCP).

For more detail on which geographies will be available, view the DataPacks geography table.

More Information

View the Readme files located in the DataPacks and GeoPackages zip files.

To access the 2016 DataPacks samples, view the Community Profile, DataPack and TableBuilder Templates publication (cat no. 2079.0)

Glossary terms and definitions of classifications can be found in the 2016 Census Dictionary

More information about Census data products is available in the QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPacks user guide, Australia (Cat no. 2916.0)

*DataPacks and GeoPackage zip files are not recommended for download to mobile devices.