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2006 CENSUS - PROPOSED PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

The Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services (cat. no. 2011.0 ) which was released on 6 September 2005, contains proposed 2006 Census products and services including details of internet, printed and CD-ROM products as well as the proposed range of customised data services available.

1. Internet Products and Services
a) Quickstats is a summary of key Census and non Census data relating to persons, families and dwellings. The data displayed covers a range of social, economic and demographic statistics, and includes a benchmark feature and top responses for a selection of variables.

b) Quickmaps provides a quick and easy access to thematically mapped Census statistics for larger geographies and will depict selected population and dwelling characteristics. The maps will contain minimal area features but will include main roads, airports and selected name labels to assist with identification of an area.

c) Census Topics provides data in the form of a single table, on a particular subject. Each of the available tables contain key Census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings to assist in researching, planning and analysing topical issues. Tables will be sourced from the 2006 Community Profile tables and the Census Classification Counts.

d) Census Tables contain key Census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings, covering most topics on the Census form. These tables are designed to assist in researching, planning and analysing geographic areas, enabling comparisons to be made between different areas on a number of social, economic and demographic variables.

e) Community Profile Series contains six separate profiles aimed at providing key Census characteristics relating to persons, families and dwellings and covering most topics on the Census form. They enable comparisons to be made between different geographic areas on a number of social, economic and demographic variables.

The profiles which will be available for the 2006 Census are:

    Basic Usual Residence Profile (URP)
    Basic Place of Enumeration Profile (PEP)
    Indigenous Profile (IP)
    Time Series Profile (TSP)
    Expanded Community Profile (XCP)
    Working Population Profile (WPP).

Full details of the profiles can be found in the Information Paper.

f) Detailed Area Data
All Census geographies will be available to clients. Clients will have the use of a sophisticated mapping tool to allow them to identify and select geographical areas of interest. The size of the spatial units selected will dictate the level of detail available for tables across the range of topics, with more detail available for more populous geographies and will provide a moderate level of flexibility by allowing the choice of a selected number of cross-classified variables for each topic chosen.

Detailed Area Data provides instant access to the latest figures on Australian society - age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more, from a single Collection District (CD) to an entire state/territory or for Australia.

g) Table Builder is a product aimed at experienced Census data users. It will allow clients to design and populate their own tables of Census data via an interactive web interface, using a database containing the Census 2006 unit record file. Table Builder will be available via the ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) portal. Training and support will be provided for this product by the ABS.

2. CD-ROM Products
a) Census Basics is a CD-ROM product containing 2006 Census community profile data down to CD level, and digital boundaries in generic formats.
b) Census Profiles and Maps, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 4706.0.30.001) will contain Indigenous Census profiles for Australia, states and territories, Indigenous Regions and Indigenous Areas as defined in the Australian Indigenous Geographic Classification.

3. Socio-economic Indexes for Areas 2006 (SEIFA 2006) is a product for those interested in measuring the social and economic conditions of Australian communities. The ABS has developed indexes to allow ranking and comparison of areas, based on their relative social and economic wellbeing.

4. Household Sample File (HSF) contains a sample of unidentifiable records for private dwellings and associated persons, and for persons in non-private dwellings. The release of the 2006 HSF will allow researchers to undertake detailed analyses and use them in conjunction with the Community Profiles to explore the statistical relationships of the issue under investigation.


5. Publications
The following publications will also be produced
    Thematic Publications which will present data on a particular theme with a substantial amount of analysis and commentary on the data presented.
    The Statistician's Report will be re-introduced for the 2006 Census and is a national compendium publication containing key Census information relating to persons, families and households.
    The Social Atlas series (cat. no. 2030.1-8) will consist of one publication for each state and territory. For 2006 the publications will be expanded to include key social, demographic and economic information on each state and territory as well as each capital city in Australia.
    The Census of Population and Housing: Population Growth and Distribution, Australia (cat. no. 2036.0) publication will examine the demographic changes that have taken place in Australia from 2001 to 2006. It will focus on the growth, location and mobility of the population at the national, state and regional levels.
    Estimated Resident Population publications (two) will be released providing the official ABS estimate of the Australian population.
    Australian Demographic Statistics - 2006 Census Edition, December Quarter 2006 will provide preliminary state and territory ERP at 31 December 2006 and preliminary state and territory ERP by five year age groups and sex at 30 June 2006 based on the 2006 Census.
    Regional Population Growth - 2006 Census Edition, June 2001 and June 2006 will provide the preliminary ERP person totals at the Statistical Local Area (SLA) and Local Government Area (LGA) levels for all of Australia at 30 June 2006 based on the 2006 Census.
    Population Distribution, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 4705.0) will contain 2006 Census counts of the Indigenous Australian population for small areas and regions, and at the state, territory and Australia level.
    Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 4713.0) will be published for Australia, and will contain data on Indigenous people on a variety of topics including: population growth and distribution; families and housing; education; employment; income and language.


6) Customised Data Services
Where users' specialised information needs cannot be met by standard publications or products, customised data services are available through the ABS' Information Consultancy Service. For detailed census statistics or other ABS information (ph: 1300 135 070) or e-mail client.services@abs.gov.au.

Information Consultancy operates on a fee for service basis. Customised tables, geographic data (profiles) and mapping services will be available using 2006 Census data. .

The Advance Ordering Service provides an opportunity for users to specify tables before the processing of the Census commences, reducing the delay between data release and access to specialised cross-classifications. Some clients may prefer Table Builder (see Internet Products and Services section) as a means of generating their own customised tables.