A snapshot of NT – Census data to be released

12 June 2012 | NT/12

What makes the Northern Territory unique?

The first results of the Census will be released in June 2012 on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website. Census data is used to help plan for the future, including services and facilities such as schools, transport and health care that you use in your community every day.

On 21 June the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will release the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

In 2006 Census data showed the Northern Territory had a total population of 192,898 and the lowest median age of 31 in the country. 2011 Census data is now set to show how the Territory has changed over the past five years.

Long since people filled out their Census forms on 9 August last year, the ABS has been hard at work turning the Territory’s 47,715 paper Census forms and 20,375 eCensus submissions into the data that will help shape NT’s future over the next five years.

ABS NT Regional Director, Tom Joseph, said the ABS is encouraging everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“Census data is available free online and can be used for a wide range of purposes.
“It provides high level data on important topics such as populations, rents, mortgages, incomes, religion, languages, housing and more.

“Many people think Census data is just something used by Government to form policy and plan infrastructure, but it is also an invaluable tool used in many different ways by many different people,” Mr Joseph said.

“Businesses, charities, religious and community groups, schools and individuals can all use Census data to help with their planning or just to get a better understanding of their community.
“The Census is the only truly national snapshot of Australia, shedding some light on who we are, and where and how we live,” he added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing will be available on the ABS website from 11.30am on 21 June 2012. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.