NEWS AND INFORMATION
FIRST RELEASE 2006 CENSUS DATA IS OUT NOW.
On 27 June 2007, the much anticipated first release data from the 2006 Census of Population and Housing became available to all Australians via the ABS website. This release includes a vast amount of important information about our nation and there is much more to come over the next twelve months.
Good decisions are based on good information and the Census is a very powerful source of information for governments, businesses, academics, researchers, students, community organisations and individuals.
The Census is a fundamental building block for official statistics in Australia. It is a resource that documents (without revealing personal information) who we are, where we live and the circumstances that we live in. It underpins or complements many of the other statistical activities carried out by the ABS.
The immense value of the rich flow of information Australia enjoys from the Census is visible all around us. It is likely our local shopping centres, transport services, schools, hospitals and seniors centres were carefully planned using Census data to ensure they were well located.
For the 2006 Census the ABS is offering a new and improved online product range, giving you greater flexibility in obtaining the data to meet your statistical needs. You are able to view the information you want as either tables, thematic maps, or graphs. Start accessing 2006 Census data via the following online options:
Your community at a glance
QuickStats is fast and very easy to use and is designed to provide an overview of the main Census statistics for most areas. All you need to do is select a geographic area and QuickStats delivers a summary of the many key Census statistics relating to people, families and their dwellings, benchmarked against Australia.
Person characteristics covered by QuickStats include age, country of birth, main language spoken at home, religious affiliations, marital status and income. Dwelling characteristics include the tenure type and household type of occupied private dwellings.
QuickStats also provides a short descriptive commentary of the results.
QuickStats is free on the web and provides data from the smallest geographic area, a Collection District, up to the largest geographic area - all of Australia, and is available in HTML format.
Paint a picture of your community
MapStats is ideal if you want to visually explore the spatial distribution of a Census topic. MapStats gives you easy access to 2006 Census data and lets you create detailed thematic maps. MapStats contain identifiers such as main roads, rivers, airports and area labels to assist you in recognising your selected areas.
Maps will be available for larger geographic areas and will depict selected population, ethnicity, family, income and dwelling characteristics.
MapStats is free on the web. The maps you generate can be exported in either Adobe Acrobat (PDF) or PNG (Portable Network Graphics) formats.
Detailed Census data you need
The Census Tables product is for people interested in detailed data on a particular topic or for an area. Most of the topics on the 2006 Census form are available, including information on population, ethnicity, Indigenous persons, families and households.
Census Tables is designed to assist you in researching, planning and analysing geographic areas, enabling comparisons to be made between different areas on a number of social, economic and demographic variables.
All you need to do is select a geographic area and a topic from a list, then select the table you want to create.
Census Tables is free on the web and available in Excel format.
Media Releases and Fact Sheets
2006 Census of Population and Housing: Media Releases and Fact Sheets, 2006 (cat. no. 2914.0.55.002) contains 30 media release/fact sheets related to the first release of 2006 Census data on 27 June 2007 and serves as a useful introduction to the wealth of information that is available from the 2006 Census.
ABS RELEASE INFORMATION
Information on all ABS future product releases can be accessed from ABS Release Advice . This web page also provides links to Previous Releases and Main Economic Indicator Releases.
QUEENSLAND THEME PAGE
This page provides access to Queensland statistical information including statistical releases and links to non-ABS sources. A wide range of economic and social statistics is covered.