A snapshot of a nation – Australia’s Census data to be released

12 June 2012 | CO/52

Who are we as a nation?

Next week the results of this country’s largest peace-time logistical operation will be revealed – Australia’s 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

Long since people filled out their Census forms on 9 August last year, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been hard at work turning 6.1 million Census forms and 2.8 million eCensus submissions into the data that will shape our nation’s future over the next five years.

Census Executive Director Andrew Henderson said the Census is a critical snapshot of Australia.

“The Census is the biggest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS. It shows how many of us there are, where we are and our characteristics at a national, state, and smaller geographical levels,” Mr Henderson said.

“It provides data on important topics such as populations, rents, mortgages, incomes, religion, languages, housing and more.

The ABS is encouraging everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“Census data is available free online and can be used for a wide range of purposes,” Mr Henderson said.

“A lot of people think Census data is just something used by Government to form policy and plan infrastructure, but it is also an invaluable tool used in many different ways by many different people,” Mr Henderson said.

“Businesses, charities, religious and community groups, schools, and individuals can all use Census data to help with their planning or just to get a better understanding of their community.

“I’m constantly hearing about new and innovative uses of Census data, demonstrating the significant impact the Census has on our lives,” he added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing will be available on the ABS website from 11.30 am on 21 June 2012. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.