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2062.0 - Census Data Enhancement Project: An Update, Oct 2010  
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CENSUS DATA ENHANCEMENT PROJECT - 2006

SUMMARY OF THE 2006 CENSUS DATA ENHANCEMENT PROJECT OUTCOMES

The 2006 Census Data Enhancement (CDE) project encompassed three components:
  1. creation of a Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD);
  2. bringing together 2006 Census data with ABS and non-ABS datasets using name and address during Census processing to undertake quality studies; and
  3. bringing together the 5% SLCD with specified non-ABS datasets for statistical and research purposes.
    The 2006 CDE project realised five key benefits:
    1. Significant improvements in life tables for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have been achieved.
    2. Methodologies for statistical linking, and determining the quality of the linked data produced, have been assessed, resulting in improvements for future CDE projects.
    3. The feasibility of continuing with a 5% SLCD has been confirmed.
    4. It has been confirmed that it is feasible to automate the matching process used between the Census Post Enumeration Survey and the Census to estimate the number of people who were missed in the Census or who were counted more than once, leading to more efficient and effective processes.
    5. It is feasible to bring together data from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship's Settlements Database with the 5% SLCD, and this linked dataset can produce valuable information that no other data source currently provides.
      Details of these components and the outcomes achieved in 2006 are provided in Appendix 1.

      The success of the studies undertaken as part of the 2006 CDE project paves the way for further studies to improve and enhance a range of both ABS and non-ABS data without compromising the privacy of individuals or the confidentiality of their data.

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