2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/03/2003   
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Early release of Usual Residents Profile

Following on from the early release of the Time Series Profile, the Usual Residents Profile (URP) for Statistical Local Areas and above, was released on 18 March 2003. This is again one month earlier than originally scheduled.

The URP contains 28 tables drawn from the Basic and Expanded Community Profiles, and is based on place of usual residence. Census counts at place of usual residence are based on where people usually live, rather than the place where they were counted on Census night.

The URP provides a better understanding of the population that normally resides in an area. For example, the ski-fields of NSW and Victoria have an influx of tourists in August - the month in which the 2001 Census was held. Usual residents data reflects the characteristics of areas during normal periods.

The URP will be available for the following geographies: Postal Areas, the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) areas of Statistical Local Areas (SLA), Statistical Subdivisions (SSD), Statistical Divisions (SD), Local Government Areas (LGA), Statistical Districts, States and Territories and Australia.

URPs is accessible from the ABS web site,
www.abs.gov.au/census at the Australia level they are free and then a charge of $10 per area for all other areas.

Usual Residents Profiles to be made available at Collection District level

For the first time, the 2001 Census Usual Residents Profile will be produced down to Collection District level. The quality of responses from the 2001 Census enabled the accurate coding of people's usual residence down to this small area level. Due to the additional work required in producing the Usual Residents Profiles at collection district level, the products at this level will not be available until mid-2003.