Australian Bureau of Statistics
2011.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing -- Products and Services, 2011
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/08/2012 First Issue
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There are three options for column labels in the 2011 DataPacks. You can use the sequential number labels, short descriptors (up to 29 characters) or long descriptors. Short descriptors were created for use with Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
The example below, using Local Government Area (LGA) geography, shows the three options for descriptors.
Download from the ABS website or buy the DVD
DataPacks will be available either by downloading files free of charge from the ABS website, or by purchasing a DVD. The DVD option will benefit users who want to gain access to a DataPack 'package' with the full set of available profiles for all geographic areas.
Users who wish to download DataPacks directly from the ABS website will need to register first and then download a DataPack based on a profile for a selected geographic classification (e.g. all SA1s).
DataPacks with first release data for the Basic Community Profile, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile, and Time Series Profile will be available on DVD from 21 June 2012, and can be downloaded from the ABS website from 10 July 2012.
2011 sample and shell DataPacks
To help you set up your system and prepare for the data release, sample files are available now at the Australia level for download and you do not need to register to access these.
Shell DataPacks for all the 2011 first release geographic areas are available now to registered users for download.
DataPacks on DVD
The initial release of DataPacks will be on DVD and will be available for each Community Profile. They will include all Census geographic areas ranging from Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia.
2011 DataPacks on DVD and 2006 DataPacks on CD are charged products, but registration is not required to purchase them. You can order 2011 DataPack DVDs by phoning our National Information and Referral Service (NIRS) on 1300 135 070. International callers phone +61 2 9268 4909.
You will need to give the catalogue number for the type of DataPack you want to buy:
The DataPacks will be mailed to you on the day of data release, or you can collect them from your ABS state or territory office after 11.30 am on the day of data release. Please advise the NIRS consultant regarding your preference when placing your order.
Requirements for DataPacks on DVD
A DVD-ROM drive (DVDs cannot be read by CD-ROM equipment). The DVD does not contain video content and therefore does not require a DVD decoder.
The DVD contains:
Minimum software requirements
The following software is required to use DataPacks:
A GIS application such as MapInfo or Esri ArcGIS is required to utilise the digital boundary files.
Pricing for DVD DataPacks
DVDs are priced to recover administrative and production costs.
For more information on ordering and requirements for DVD DataPacks, refer to the DataPacks - Details page on the ABS Census website.
From 10 July 2012, the 2011 DataPacks with first release data will be available to download free of charge from the ABS website. In order to download the DataPacks, you will need to register via the Registration centre on the ABS website. You are advised that high levels of traffic on the website are expected on release dates.
When you download data, you will choose the profiles and descriptor types as well as the type of geographic area. You can also download the corresponding digital boundaries.
For the release schedules for DataPacks, refer to Appendix 12: 2011 Census Products and Services Release Schedule – by Date and Appendix 13: 2011 Census Products and Services Release Schedule – by Product.
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This page last updated 9 January 2013