1344.8.55.001 - ACT Stats, 2006
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What will the 2006 Census reveal for the ACT and Queanbeyan Areas?
In 28 days the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be conducting the 15th National Census of Population and Housing. The Census aims to take a "snapshot" of Australia every five years - collecting vital information on the social, economic and housing characteristics of Australian society. A successful Census will benefit all Australians and their communities.
Benefits of the Census
The Census provides characteristics of the Australian population and its housing within small geographic areas. This is important as it is the only time that this level of data is collected by the ABS across a broad range of subject areas.
Census figures form the basis of distributing Commonwealth funds to the states and territories. These figures are also used to determine electoral boundaries and calculate the number of members to be elected to the House of Representatives from each state and territory.
The data collected in the Census is used by all sections of the community, from state and federal governments to town planners, community groups, students and businesses. This information can support planning, administration, policy development and evaluation activities. It can also be used to help plan basic services such as housing, social security, transport, education, industry support, shops and hospitals.
In this Census, new questions have been included to collect more information in areas such as disability, volunteering and unpaid work.
Once again people across Australia are given the opportunity to have their name-identified information kept securely by the National Archives of Australia for 99 years. People who may be interested in accessing this kind of information in the distant future include genealogists, historians, academics, social analysts, journalists and family members in the twenty-second century.
Unless people explicitly indicate on their Census form that they want to participate in this project, their identifiable information will be stripped and their form destroyed after processing, as per normal.
A brief look at some of the figures from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing revealed that:
There were 55,654 people in the labour force with a degree or higher qualification in Canberra-Queanbeyan at the 2001 Census. This was 31.1% of the labour force, the highest percentage of any Australian capital city. In 1991, 22.9% of the Canberra-Queanbeyan labour force had university qualifications.
Of those with university qualifications, 66.7% held a Bachelor degree, 19.7% held a higher degree and 13.6% held a postgraduate diploma. More than half (52.1%) of those with university qualifications were male, and one third (33.9%) of all people with university qualifications had completed their highest qualification since 1996.
Travelled to work by Car
In 2001 there were 125,016 employed people in Canberra-Queanbeyan who travelled to work by car. This was 80.7% of employed people, the second highest percentage (after Adelaide) of all Australian capital cities. Most people travelled alone, with only 11.3% of people who travelled to work by car travelling as a passenger.
Travelled to work via Public transport
In 2001 there were 9,427 employed people in Canberra-Queanbeyan who travelled to work by public transport. This represented 6.1% of employed people. The proportion of people who travelled to work by public transport has fallen over the last ten years from 9.2% in 1991 and 7.6% in 1996.
People who Cycled or walked
Of the 154,868 employed people in Canberra-Queanbeyan at the 2001 Census, 9,186 walked or cycled only to work. This represented 5.9% of employed people. The proportion of people who walked or cycled only to work increased from 5.7% in 1991.
In 2006, everyone in Australia will have the option of either completing their Census the traditional way (paper form) or electronically (eCensus). The eCensus will allow people to complete the Census via the Internet.
The eCensus has the potential to improve data collection, especially where Collectors face challenges in collecting completed forms (like in secure apartment buildings or in rural Australia).
What will the 15th National Census of Population and Housing on 8th August 2006 reveal for the ACT and Queanbeyan Areas???