The results of the User Views on 2006 Census Output Strategies questionnaire indicated the majority of respondents were supportive of the broad Internet dissemination strategy. Given this, the main dissemination vehicle for the 2006 Census will be via the Internet.
Census users were generally supportive of the proposed product range. The increased flexibility and quantity of data made available through the introduction of Table Builder and Detailed Area Data were seen as major benefits by respondents. CDATA clients were more likely to express concerns about the proposed strategy than other clients. As expected, the concerns of CDATA clients focused on purchasing the product from an intermediary and the implications this would have for pricing, technical support and existing functionality. The ABS has looked to address these comments in this information paper by providing more specific information to users about the strategy for making better use of intermediaries and the functionality of the proposed Detailed Area Data product.
The proposed two-phase data release timetable, outlined in Chapter 8 of ABS Views on Census Output Strategy (cat. no. 2009.0), received strong support from respondents.
There has been a significant focus on feedback received from the user survey regarding data quality information. Results from the survey suggested the majority of users did not use data quality information from the 2001 Census, something the ABS is seeking to address. This feedback has had a significant impact on the data quality proposals for the 2006 Census, which are discussed further in Chapter 10 of this information paper.
Issues raised in the user consultation sessions and responses to questionnaires have been considered in the proposed products and services outlined in this information paper. If you are interested in the details of the previous consultations you may wish to consult the following publications: