This part of the dictionary is designed to help users of Census data gain a better understanding of the variables, classifications and concepts used in the 2016 Census.
For many of the variables detailed in the 2016 Census Classifications section of the dictionary, this Glossary provides additional details on variables, their classifications and in some cases, information on specific categories in a classification.
An important decision in analysing Census data is choosing the most relevant structure and level of Geography. The Glossary includes details on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), the ABS statistical geography classification. All ASGS geographic structures, for example, Statistical Area Level 1 or Local Government Area, are defined in the ASGS glossary entry.
Glossary entries are cross-referenced to major related entries. Some entries also reference other ABS publications specific to a subject. In most cases these referenced publications are available from the ABS web site www.abs.gov.au.