A snapshot of Tasmania – Census data to be released

12 June 2012 | TAS/26

What makes Tasmania different?

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 that Tasmania had a population of 476,481 with the highest percentage of people who hold Australian citizenship (90.8 per cent). 2011 Census data is now set to show how the State 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 State’s 135,752 paper Census forms and 60,753 eCensus submissions into the data that will help shape Tasmania’s future over the next five years.

ABS Tasmanian Regional Director, Glen Sward, 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 Sward 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.