Contents of DataPacksCommunity Profile DataPacks contain data for Census geographic areas ranging from Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia. They include digital boundary files, metadata and reference documents to enable you to read the data.
DataPacks do not include software.
Metadata files contain the information you need to match the data with the Community Profile template, such as information about the sequential numbers and labels, the digital boundaries, the table descriptors, and the population that is being counted.
DataPacks are suitable for experienced Census data users who have their own database or analysis systems. Use DataPacks if you want Community Profile data for numerous geographic areas.
Once you have Census data in your Geographic Information System (GIS), you can merge the data with the digital boundaries.
The data items in DataPacks are contained in CSV files which can be imported into existing systems and are ready for immediate manipulation.
Select a type of descriptorYou can use the sequential number labels, short descriptors (up to 29 characters) or long descriptors. Short descriptors were created for use with Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
The example below, using Local Government Area (LGA) geography, shows the three options for descriptors.
Look at a sample DataPackTo help you decide whether DataPacks are suitable for your needs and for your databases or analysis systems, you can download a sample without having to register. The Sample 2011 DataPacks contain no data and are available at the Australia level.
Samples are available for the following Community Profiles DataPacks:
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You can download DataPacks from the website free of charge.
DataPacks free online2011 DataPacks are available to download.
To download DataPacks you must first register.
When you download a DataPack you select:
You can also download the corresponding digital boundaries for your selected geography.
DataPacks on DVDThe ABS no longer produces or sells DataPack DVDs. The following information is for existing customers.
DataPacks on DVD are available for each Community Profile including all Census geographic areas ranging from Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia, and for the Estimated Resident Population.
Hardware requirements for DataPacks on DVDA DVD-ROM drive (DVDs cannot be read by CD-ROM equipment).
The DVD does not contain video content and therefore does not require a DVD decoder.
Minimum software requirementsThe DVD contains:
You will need the following software to use DataPacks.
A GIS application such as MapInfo or Esri ArcGIS is required to use the digital boundary files.
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Geography for 2011 DataPacks
Available geographies for DataPacksThe following tables show which geographies are available for each DataPack. Abbreviations for geographic structures are listed after the tables.
|Australian Bureau of Statistics geography structures
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Non-Australian Bureau of Statistics geography structures
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How to add the geographic labels to csv data files in Excel for the 2011 DataPacksYou will need to download the following file, which contains the codes and geographic labels:
2011 DataPacks codes and geographic labels (csv 2.5MB)
Then the following guide will walk you through the process of attaching geographic labels to DataPack .csv files using Microsoft Excel:
2011 DataPacks - Adding geographic labels (pdf 556KB)