2016 Census data release schedule

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2016 Census data release schedule


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today confirmed the release and topic schedule for data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

The first round of 2016 Census information will be released on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 providing a preview of results and giving insight into what makes the ‘typical’ Australian at the national and state/territory level.

These insights will set the scene for the official release of 2016 Census data on Tuesday, 27 June 2017. This comprehensive dataset will include national, state/territory and capital city data for selected key person, family and dwelling characteristics, including age, sex, religion, language and income.

Community level Census data, including information on small population groups and for small geographic areas such as suburbs and Local Government Areas will also be available.

These statistics will be released through QuickStats, Community Profiles, analytical articles and infographs in June. TableBuilder and Datapacks will be available from July.

Rebased Estimated Resident Population and results of the Post Enumeration Survey (PES) will also be released on 27 June 2017, providing a comprehensive package of Census and related information.

Detailed Census data on employment, qualifications and population mobility (journey to work and previous address) will be released in October 2017.

The release schedule ensures the Independent Assurance Panel has adequate time to review the Census results and provide their report before Census data is released to the community.

The Independent Assurance Panel, supported by the MacGibbon Review, is undertaking an independent review of 2016 Census data to provide extra assurance and ensure transparency of the Census data quality assurance process. Its report to the Australian Statistician will also be released to the public on 27 June 2017.

From July 2017, Census data seminars will be held in major locations across Australia to provide information on Census data, training in Census products, and assist with data requests. To register interest in attending these seminars, please enter your details here.

For further information on the 2016 Census data release schedule and topics, please visit abs.gov.au.