Communities

QuickStats offers a number of basic tables for all areas across Australia ranging from the smallest output area – Statistical Area Level 1 – to the whole of Australia. If you are focusing on a selection of areas that make up a unique community then the free TableBuilder Basic product will allow you to generate a unique area for a wide range of topics and create your own tables. For a list of data items and geographic areas available in TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro, go to TableBuilder data & geography.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities

QuickStats cover Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples within Indigenous areas of the ASGS and will give you basic statistics. For more detailed tables on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples use the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Community Profile which contains 16 tables covering a wider range of topics for the ASGS areas, Indigenous Areas and LGAs. If the Community Profiles do not contain the data you require then build your own tables for this population group using the free TableBuilder Basic product to construct tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples for all areas of Australia or by customising an area to create unique communities. TableBuilder Basic offers a wide range of topics such as cultural and language diversity, education and employment, and should cover most of your requirements.

TableBuilder Pro provides comprehensive data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. This product contains larger databases and will offer you the ability to build tables at the person, family or dwelling level. For a more complex table you can contact our Information Consultancy Team who who have the expertise in Census data and can provide a charged service, generating your table and saving save it in a suitable format.

For a list of data items and geographic areas available in TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro, go to TableBuilder data & geography.

Information will also be published in the Analytical articles pages.

See also the fact sheet: Enumeration procedures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Remote and rural areas

For basic data QuickStats offer areas that cover all of Australia including remote and rural areas from the smallest output areas – Statistical Area Level 1, based on an area for 200-800 people – to a geography output called Remote Areas, which contains areas that have been defined as Major Cities, Inner Regional, Outer Regional Remote and Very Remote. Remote and rural areas are included in Community Profiles, QuickStats and TableBuilder Basic and Pro, as well as DataPacks.

For a list of data items and geographic areas available in TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro, go to TableBuilder data & geography.

Information about remote and rural areas will also be published in the Analytical articles pages.

Hydrology and natural resources areas

TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro include the Australian Drainage Division and Natural Resource Management Regions; these can be used as the geographic area in your tables.

The Australian Drainage Division includes 12 regions which are based on the Australian Water Resources Management Committee and have been the basis for the study of Australian hydrology since the early 1960s. The Natural Resource Management Regions are based on catchments of bioregions and cover all of Australia. They are used to administer and report on aspects of environmental policy including sustainable farming and biodiversity.

How to choose a location

Information about locations and geographic areas is in the ABS structures and Non-ABS structures fact sheets.

For a list of data items and geographic areas available in TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro, go to TableBuilder data & geography.

Geographic areas available in DataPacks are listed in DataPacks - Details.

Geographic areas avaialble in QuickStats are listed in QuickStats - Geography, and those available in Community Profiles are listed in Community Profiles - Geography.

Comparing data for different areas

You can compare data for different areas, but there are some limitations. If you need help making comparisons, consider contacting the ABS Information Consultants to discuss your needs and obtain a quote for custom tables. See also Comparing data.