2062.0 - Census Data Enhancement project: An update, 2011  
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The Census Data Enhancement (CDE) project is a major ABS initiative that integrates data from the Census of Population and Housing with other datasets to efficiently create new, enhanced data sources for statistical, policy and research purposes. This project also adds value by bringing Census data together across time. The CDE project fits within ABS' broader Data Integration program.


  • Release of the first Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) to provide a richer statistical view of Australian society, now and into the future. This dataset (formerly referred to as the SLCD), contains a 5% random sample of records from the 2006 Census linked with records in the 2011 Census. This allows for enhanced comparison over time between Censuses and the potential for linking longitudinal Census data with other data sets.
  • Improved evidence-base for informed decision-making through initiatives such as the Indigenous Mortality Project, the creation of the Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID) and the 2011 Census to Vocational Education and Training in Schools dataset. These initiatives have improved the quality and availability of statistical evidence in areas of significant government and societal interest, such as COAG's Closing the Gap on Indigenous Disadvantage. The creation and dissemination of further statistical outputs will be a focus in the future.
  • Promotion of the CDE integrated datasets through such initiatives as training, presentations at conferences, client initiated talks and guiding material.
  • Implementation of new ABS governance mechanisms (in line with the Commonwealth's High Level Principles for Data Integration Involving Commonwealth Data for Statistical and Research Purposes) to ensure ABS' high standards of data secrecy, security, privacy and transparency are maintained.
This publication provides further information on the outcomes of the 2011 CDE project, as well as links to the CDE studies, datasets and relevant information.


Statistical initiativesStatus
Indigenous Mortality Study (to underpin Life expectancy estimates and Life tables)released
Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD)released
Australian Census and Migrants Integrated dataset (ACMID)released
Outcomes from Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools, experimental estimates (2011 Census, 2006 VET)released
Educational outcomes, experimental estimates, Tasmania, (2011 Census, Government school enrolments and NAPLAN) released
Mental Health Services - Census Data Integration Project released
Australian Early Development Index - Census Data Integration Projectin progress
Australian Government's Settlements Database (SDB) and the ACLDunder consideration
Australian Government's Social Security and Related Information (SSRI) and the ACLDunder consideration

Quality studiesStatus
Census to Census Dress Rehearsal (2011 to 2010)completed
Migrants Quality Study (2011 Census)released
Education Quality Study (2011 Census)released