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This document was added 08/05/2015.
There are three options for column labels in the 2011 DataPacks. You can use the sequential number labels, short descriptors (up to 29 characters) or long descriptors. Short descriptors were created for use with Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
The example below, using Local Government Area (LGA) geography, shows the three options for descriptors.
Download from the ABS website
The 2011 DataPacks will be available by downloading files free of charge from the ABS website. To download DataPacks directly from the ABS website users will need to register first and then download a DataPack based on a profile for a selected geographic classification (e.g. all SA1s). You are advised that high levels of traffic on the website are expected on release dates.
DataPacks with first release data for the Basic Community Profile, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile, and Time Series Profile can be downloaded from the ABS website from 10 July 2012.
2011 sample and shell DataPacks
To help you set up your system and prepare for the data release, sample files are available now at the Australia level for download and you do not need to register to access these.
Shell DataPacks for all the 2011 first release geographic areas are available now to registered users for download.
DataPacks on DVD
The ABS no longer produces or sells DataPack DVDs.
Requirements for DataPacks on DVD (existing users)
A DVD-ROM drive (DVDs cannot be read by CD-ROM equipment). The DVD does not contain video content and therefore does not require a DVD decoder.
The DVD contains:
Minimum software requirements
The following software is required to use DataPacks:
A GIS application such as MapInfo or Esri ArcGIS is required to utilise the digital boundary files.
For more information on ordering and requirements for DVD DataPacks, refer to the DataPacks - Details page on the ABS Census website.
For the release schedules for DataPacks, refer to Appendix 12: 2011 Census Products and Services Release Schedule – by Date and Appendix 13: 2011 Census Products and Services Release Schedule – by Product.
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