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2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Aug 1998  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/1998   
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Understanding your community - the key to planning

      Community Profiles are at the core of many 1996 Census products, providing detailed census data for small areas in table format. There are six standard profiles in the series, containing the key census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings, for example: age, sex, occupation, language spoken at home, dwelling structure and weekly household income.
      The six Community Profiles are:
    • Basic Community Profile,
    • Time Series Community Profile,
    • Usual Residents Profile,
    • Expanded Community Profile,
    • Working Population Profile, and
    • Indigenous Profile.
      The profiles are available for all standard census geographic areas from a Collection District (approximately 225 households) or a Statistical Local Area through to the whole of Australia. With the exception of the Usual Residents and Working Population, the profiles are based on place of enumeration.

      The Community Profile series is an excellent tool for research, planning and analysis of particular areas or regions of interest.



Community Profiles give you a picture of who makes up your local community, state or Australia.
      There are several ways that people can access Community Profiles.

      Community Profiles are available in hard copy or electronic format suitable for a range of popular spreadsheets and databases. Standard electronic output can be obtained via Census KeyData, CDATA96, or found at an ABS Library Extension Program library via CLIB96. The profiles are also available through the ABS Consultancy Service on CD-ROM, floppy disk or in hard copy.


Customising profiles information

Community Profiles can also be customised to meet a client's needs, by selecting tables from across the Community Profile series for client's own geographic areas of interest.

In addition, any of the profiles can be produced for an aggregate of standard geographic areas for which the particular profile is available. For example, the Expanded Community Profile could be produced for an aggregate of six Statistical Local Areas (SLA) as a consultancy. Customised consultancies, including mapping selected data, can also be obtained through ABS Consultancy Services.

A Selected Characteristics table and Medians table at SLA level from the Basic Community Profile data is also available to the public free of charge on the ABS' Web Site (
http://www.abs.gov.au).

The following tables are an example of what is available:


B01 Selected Characteristics
Albury (City)


Male
Female
Persons
        Total persons (a)*
20,358
21,437
41,795
        Aboriginal
316
336
652
        Torres Strait Islander
9
16
25
        Both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander(b)*
7
8
15
          Born overseas:
        Canada, Ireland, NZ, South Africa, UK (c)* & USA
980
909
1,889
        Born overseas: Other country (d)*
1,074
1,035
2,109
        Born overseas: Total
2,054
1,944
3,998
        Australian born
17,569
18,712
36,281
        Unemployed
1,260
880
2,140
        Employed
9,814
8,006
17,820
        Enumerated in private dwelling (a)*
19,286
20,628
39,914
        Overseas visitor
48
54
102
* An explanation of the footnotes is included on the ABS Web Site.

B32 Selected Medians
Albury (C)
    Median age
32
    Median individual income
283
    Median household income
567
    Average household size
2

Clients can access Basic Community Profile data on the ABS Web Site by textual links or via a series of hierarchical maps that do not include data.

For example: Murray Statistical Division - Basic Community Profile.

          A community group wanting to get government funding for a community project, invested $40 in a Basic Community Profile. The profile gave them the statistics they needed to state their case clearly in their submission. For such a small financial outlay, the group received $200,000 which enabled them to provide a valuable service to the community.



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