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1344.8.55.002 - ABStract, Statistics News, Australian Capital Territory, April 2010  
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2011 CENSUS INFORMATION


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In the ACT Regional Office (as with the rest of the ABS states and territories), preparations are currently underway for the 2011 Census. In February we appeared at the Multicultural Festival to display statistics relating to the cultural and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. Festival goers had the opportunity to visit the ABS marquee, and talk to staff about navigating the ABS website and finding the information they wanted.

Photos of Multicultural Festival
Diagram: Photos of Multicultural Festival


One of the main areas of interest was Census and how to retrieve the relevant information. Information using statistics from Census Tables are categorised according to several different variables that highlight aspects of CALD. The main categories these tables are comprised from are:
  • Country of birth (mother, father and person)
  • Ancestry
  • Australian citizenship
  • Language spoken at home
  • Proficiency in spoken English
  • Year of arrival in Australia.

The ABS offers 5 free products that contain Census data. These are:
  • QuickStats
  • MapStats
  • Census Tables
  • Community Profiles
  • CDATA Online.

Below is a section of a table that can be found in CDATA Online.

COUNTRY OF BIRTH FOR USUAL RESIDENTS OF THE ACT

Country of birth
Males
Females
Persons

England
6 532
6 464
12 996
New Zealand
1 997
1 919
3 916
China (excluding Taiwan Province and SARs) (a)
1 594
1 951
3 545
India
1 446
1 290
2 736
Viet Nam
1 108
1 263
2 371
Germany
1 122
1 245
2 367
Scotland
1 168
1 125
2 293
Italy
1 160
1 041
2 201
United States of America
956
1 030
1 986
Malaysia
848
971
1 819
Australia
116 576
119 883
236 459
Not stated
8 973
8 242
17 215
Other(b)
16 173
17 957
34 130
Total
159 653
164 381
324 034

(a) Special Administrative Regions.
(b) Includes all other countries and supplementary codes (exchanging not stated).
Source: CDATA online.


As you can see, ‘Not stated’ answers are a big issue in the Census. This is why the ACT Regional office is putting so much effort into engagement for the 2011 Census. Our aim is to reduce those ‘Not stated’ answers to a minimum to provide our ACT clients with the most accurate statistics. We are available to come and talk to your community about any concerns you may have in providing information for Census or surveys.

See you out there soon!


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