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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Dec 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/12/2007   
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2006 CENSUS – Promoting the Census Trough Libraries


Promoting the Census Through Libraries

The ABS is working together with libraries in NSW to promote awareness, understanding and use of 2006 Census data in the community. The ABS NSW Census Library Partner Program commenced in February 2007 when all public, TAFE, and university libraries in NSW were invited to become involved. Some 107 libraries indicated interest in becoming Census Library partners, and were sent promotion packs and contacted about 2006 Census data release activities.

These libraries promoted the 2006 Census results in their communities from July 2007 onwards through displays, community events, training, links to 2006 Census data on the ABS website from their own websites, articles in their newsletters, and through stories via their local media agencies.

Library partners also hosted free Census seminars run by the ABS in regional areas, including Newcastle, Wollongong, Lismore, Dubbo, and Wagga Wagga. They were attended by people from local councils, NSW State Government agencies, local businesses, and other organisations.

Our thanks to Newcastle Regional Library, Wollongong City Library, Macquarie Regional Library's Dubbo Branch Library, Southern Cross University Library, and Riverina Regional Library for helping us with the venues and publicity for the sessions in their areas.

For further information on ABS NSW Library Programs contact Anne Freer on (02) 9268 4569, or email

Free Information and Training

Many policy makers, researchers and marketers are not aware of the amazing amount of data that you can get for free from the ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing.

We are offering free online information sessions in the use of our powerful Census data and tools. Please contact us if you would like to find out more about the type of Census data available and how you can use it to increase understanding about your clients, customers, or stakeholders, including geographic areas of interest.

For more information about free 2006 Census training please contact Amanda Biltoft, National Account Manager ABS on (02) 9268 4642 or email

Conditions apply
Information sessions covering existing online data are available only in NSW for groups of 5 and over, for a minimum duration of 30 minutes and maximum of 2 hours.
2011 Census - Public comment invited

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