2011.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing -- Products and Services, 2011  
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3. The 2011 Census Output Program

Since the 2006 Census, use of the Internet in the community has grown considerably. Many more users now have broadband access and Internet software has improved. This has provided the opportunity to both expand the range of Census information that can be readily available and provides considerable enhancements in the way the data can be accessed for the 2011 Census. Products and services have been designed to provide a better match between Internet functionality and users' needs, based on their technical knowledge and level of experience with Census data.

User feedback has helped the ABS define the main areas that need improvement for the 2011 Census output program. These include:
  • ensuring that 2011 Census data and products are available when promised and clearly communicating any unavoidable changes well in advance
  • making it easier to find Census data and products through an improved ABS website experience
  • transforming online data products like TableBuilder so they are faster, easier to use and more reliable.

Overall, clients were very happy with the coverage of topics and the availability of relevant tables covering a range of different geographies. The two-phase release of data from the 2006 Census was popular with users and the ABS will continue this approach for the 2011 Census data. A third phase has been included relating to the dissemination, in 2013, of highly specialised products discussed later in the paper.