1911-2011 Census data – a record of Australia’s growth and development

21 June 2012 | CO/57

Initial results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing have been released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today. The 2011 Census was the 16th national Census, and also marked 100 years of national Census taking in Australia.

This invaluable statistical record provides insight into the nature of the growth and development that has occurred in Australia, as well as highlighting how events throughout history have influenced Australia’s population.

100 years of Australian lives – Population, the second in a series of analytical articles produced by the ABS, focuses on Australia's population over the past 100 years. It recounts historical events, such as the World Wars, the Great Depression, the post-war baby and immigration booms, and contemporary social and economic changes, and their impact on Australia’s population.

2011 Census Executive Director, Andrew Henderson, said that throughout the 100 years since the first national Census in 1911, Australia’s population had experienced considerable growth.

“Australia’s population has grown by nearly five times over the past 100 years, from a little less than 4.5 million people in 1911.

“Census data tells us a fascinating story about the history of our nation. A little over 1,900 Australian-born residents who were alive during the first Commonwealth Census were counted in the 2011 Census.”

Mr Henderson reminded all Australians that Census data is freely available on the ABS website to all members of the public.

Further information is available in 100 years of Australian lives - Population. This is one of a series of articles to be progressively released in Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census (cat. no. 2071.0)

The series and data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.