ABS Home

Census home > Data & analysis > DataPacks > DataPacks tutorials

Downloadable content

Tutorial transcript 2

Welcome to 2011 Census DataPacks.

Having already registered for DataPacks in tutorial 1, this tutorial will focus on the downloadable content.

Starting from the Census homepage, proceed to login to the DataPacks product page with your user ID and password.

This will bring you to the DataPacks download portal.

As you can see here, census data had yet to be released, and so all of the available DataPacks are shell (or sample) files populated with zero values.

To Download DataPacks, first choose a profile or type that you’re after.

First release profiles include Basic Community, Indigenous, and Time Series.

Now choose whether you want your DataPacks to have short, long or sequentially numbered headers (or descriptors).

Please note that all DataPack downloads have been compressed and will require decompression software (such as WinZip) in order to open or view the files.

You can refer the help link for further information.

Once you’ve made your selections, the grid of available download links will update below.

To download a specific DataPack, simply decide upon a geographical definition listed in the left hand column and then click on a blue arrow that corresponds to the state or territory that you’d like data for.

Blue means that the Datapack is available now.

Dark grey arrows represent second release DataPacks, and the light grey arrows represent third release.

The download grid also includes digital boundary files specific to each of the available geographies located in the last two columns.

These are particularly relevant and useful when working with mapping software.

To illustrate what you’ll get when you click on one of the DataPack downloads, I’ll now run through a couple of examples.

For instance, let’s assume that I want to download Time Series DataPacks with short descriptors for all geographies relevant to the ACT.

First, select Time Series from the dropdown list, then short header, and then click on the appropriate blue arrow here.

Once your download has finished, open it with your choice of decompression software. You’ll then be presented with three folders.

The first contains the actual DataPack files that are relevant to your selection. Here we have all seven time series geographies for ACT with all of the .csv files having short headers.

As an example let’s open one in excel.

This particular .csv file holds data for table T03 in the time series profile and features SA3 geography region ID’s.

You’ll notice that the top row is populated by the short headers which are there to provide a description of the specific data cells in the time series profile.

Returning back to the downloaded file folder, there are two further folders worthy of note.

The first of these contains a Read Me file with everything that you could hope to know about DataPacks.

The second contains a file with all of the metadata relevant to the specific profile that you’ve selected as well as a sequentially numbered copy of the actual profile.

As one final example, let’s download basic community prolife DataPacks with sequential headers for commonwealth electoral divisions for South Australia.

And once more, here are the files.

Tutorial two is now complete.



Help & FAQs

DataPacks tutorials

Sample downloads