2006 Census: what's new
Improvements to the 2006 CensusWell before one Census is completed, work on the next Census begins. Preliminary work on the 2006 Census began as early as 2000.
All aspects of the 2001 Census were examined by the ABS with a view to identifying areas of potential improvement. This included:
The major improvements to Census procedures since the 2001 Census include:
New topics for 2006Some topics have been included in each Census since 1911, for example, age, marital status and religion, while others have been included or excluded depending on the importance of the topic at the time.
Topics selected for a Census must have specific purposes which are of national importance. There must be a demonstrated need for the Census data for use in policy development, planning and program monitoring.
New topics to the Census form since 2001 were:
Adding value to the CensusTo help answer questions such as ‘why are people where they are today?', 'how did they get to where they are?' and 'what can be done to improve peoples' situations?’ the ABS began developing a new way of looking at Census data that will add value to it.
This will help to paint a picture of how different situations impact on outcomes for people by expanding the range of statistical information available from the Census.
This project is described in Census Data Enhancement Project: An Update, Jun 2006 (cat. no. 2062.0).