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2011.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing -- Products and Services, 2011  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/08/2012  First Issue
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DataPacks are suitable for experienced Census data users who have their own database or analysis systems. You can use DataPacks if you want Community Profile data for numerous geographic areas.

Community Profile DataPacks contain data for Census geographic areas ranging from Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) to the whole of Australia. They include digital boundary files, metadata and reference documents to enable you to read the data.

DataPacks do not include software.

Metadata files contain the information you need to match the data with the Community Profile template, such as information about the sequential numbers and labels, the digital boundaries, the table descriptors, and the population that is being counted.

There are six Community Profile DataPacks and an Estimated Resident Population DataPack.

The Profile DataPacks are:
  • Basic Community
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous)
  • Time Series
  • Place of Enumeration
  • Expanded Community
  • Working Population.


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 or buy the DVD

DataPacks will be available either by downloading files free of charge from the ABS website, or by purchasing a DVD. The DVD option will benefit users who want to gain access to a DataPack 'package' with the full set of available profiles for all geographic areas.

Users who wish to download DataPacks directly from the ABS website will need to register first and then download a DataPack based on a profile for a selected geographic classification (e.g. all SA1s).

DataPacks with first release data for the Basic Community Profile, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile, and Time Series Profile will be available on DVD from 21 June 2012, and 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 initial release of DataPacks will be on DVD and will be available for each Community Profile. They will include all Census geographic areas ranging from Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia.

Ordering DVDs

2011 DataPacks on DVD and 2006 DataPacks on CD are charged products, but registration is not required to purchase them. You can order 2011 DataPack DVDs by phoning our National Information and Referral Service (NIRS) on 1300 135 070. International callers phone +61 2 9268 4909.

You will need to give the catalogue number for the type of DataPack you want to buy:
  • Basic Community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) and Time Series Profiles, DVD (cat. no. 2069.0.30.008)
  • Place of Enumeration, Expanded Community and Working Population Profiles, DVD (cat. no. 2069.0.30.009)
  • Estimated Resident Population, DVD (cat. no. 2069.0.30.010).

The DataPacks will be mailed to you on the day of data release, or you can collect them from your ABS state or territory office after 11.30 am on the day of data release. Please advise the NIRS consultant regarding your preference when placing your order.

Requirements for DataPacks on DVD

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:
  • data in CSV format
  • 'Readme' document in Microsoft Word 2010 (.docx) format
  • metadata in Microsoft Excel 2010 (.xlsx) format.

Minimum software requirements

The following software is required to use DataPacks:
  • Software for decompressing zip files (e.g. Winzip)
  • Text Editor for CSV Files
  • Microsoft Word 2010 for 'Readme' document
  • Spreadsheet application for the Metadata files.

A GIS application such as MapInfo or Esri ArcGIS is required to utilise the digital boundary files.

Pricing for DVD DataPacks

DVDs are priced to recover administrative and production costs.
  • The first release Basic Community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) and Time Series Profile DataPacks are all on one DVD. This DVD costs $100 (including postage and GST). This price includes the second and third release DVDs which will also be mailed to you.
  • The first release Place of Enumeration and Expanded Community Profile DataPacks are both on one DVD. This costs $100 (including postage and GST). The second release DVD also includes the Working Population Profile DataPack. This price includes the second and third release DVDs which will also be mailed to you.
  • The Estimated Resident Population DataPack costs $50 (including postage and GST).
  • For $250 (includes postage and GST) you can purchase all seven DataPacks for all releases (first, second and third release).

For more information on ordering and requirements for DVD DataPacks, refer to the DataPacks - Details page on the ABS Census website.

DataPacks Online

From 10 July 2012, the 2011 DataPacks with first release data will be available to download free of charge from the ABS website. In order to download the DataPacks, you will need to register via the Registration centre on the ABS website. You are advised that high levels of traffic on the website are expected on release dates.

When you download data, you will choose the profiles and descriptor types as well as the type of geographic area. You can also download the corresponding digital boundaries.

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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