A snapshot of Western Australia – Census data to be released

12 June 2012 | WA/52

What makes Western Australia 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 Western Australia had a total population of 1,959,088 and the highest percentage of people born overseas. 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 518,410 paper Census forms and 302,165 eCensus submissions into the data that will help shape Western Australia’s future over the next five years.

ABS Western Australian Regional Director, Jacky Hodges, 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 of 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,” Ms Hodges 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,” she added.

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