2902.0 - Census Update, Jun 2007  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2007   
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2006 Census Information released on Place of Usual Residence basis

Place of Usual Residence is now the primary basis for releasing data from the 2006 Census. Place of Usual Residence is where a person usually lives rather than the place they were counted (Place of Enumeration) on Census night 8 August 2006.

This is a significant change from previous Censuses as Place of Enumeration was formerly the primary basis for releasing Census data. This change was made after extensive consultation with our Census clients who overwhelmingly preferred Census information to be released on a Place Of Usual Residence Basis.

Place of Enumeration is the location where someone was counted on Census night. Although the Census is timed to capture as typical a situation as possible, holiday areas such as the Gold Coast and the snowfields may show a large enumeration count compared to the usual residence count.

Will this change make a difference to Time Series formats?

Two Time Series Profiles will be available for the 2006 Census; one based on Usual Residence, the other based on Place of Enumeration.

  • Usual Residence: Time Series Profiles will be available for the 2001 and 2006 Censuses. Time Series Profiles will also be available for the 1996 Census in large geographies – Statistical Divisions and above.
  • Place of Enumeration: Time Series Profiles will be available for the 1996, 2001 and 2006 Censuses in large geographies – Statistical Local Areas (SLA) and above.