There are many issues which can affect the quality of Census data.

Working papers


The 1996 Census Working Papers have been produced to assess and report on the various aspects of Census data quality.

Census Fact Sheets

Census Working Paper 96/4, 1996 (cat. no. 2966.0) contains links to all the fact sheets relating to the 1996 Census (cat. nos. 2975.0.55.001-18). These fact sheets summarise conceptual and data issues, and changes that had occurred since the last Census. Fact sheets are designed to assist in the use and interpretation of Census data.

Fact Sheet 10 - Non-Response Rates; 1996 and 1991 Censuses (cat. no. 2975.0.55.010) provides non-response rates for persons and dwellings.

Updates and corrections


1996 updates & corrections provides updates and corrections for 1996 Census data.

1996 Census Undercounts

Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing: Data Quality - Undercount, 1996 (cat. no. 2940.0) provides an assessment of the coverage of the 1996 Census by examining the undercount by a range of demographic characteristics.

Other reference material


The 1996 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0) provides details of the classifications used in the 1996 Census, along with definitions of Census concepts and themes. The dictionary is a comprehensive reference guide that will help you determine and specify your data requirements.

How Australia Takes a Census, 1996 (cat. no. 2903.0) explains how the 1996 Census was planned, conducted and processed.

Download a copy of the 1996 Census Household Form in PDF format.