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**The place of work data for the 2016 Census was temporarily removed from the ABS website on November 17. The updated information is now available.**

Community Profiles are excellent tools for researching, planning and analysing geographic areas for a number of social, economic and demographic characteristics.

A Community Profile provides a comprehensive statistical picture of an area in Excel format, providing data relating to people, families and dwellings. They cover most topics on the Census form.

Note: Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals. For further information, go to the Census of Population and Housing - QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPack User Guide, Australia (cat no. 2916.0)

To find the latest changes to 2016 data, view the Corrections to 2016 Data.

Types of profiles

There are four profiles in the 2016 Census Community Profiles series:

  1. General Community Profile

    The General Community Profile is new for the 2016 Census. It replaces the 2011 Basic and Expanded Community Profiles and has been created by merging components of both these profiles.

    It contains a series of tables showing the characteristics of persons, families and dwellings in a selected geographic area. These tables are available for a wide variety of geographic regions, ranging from national and state level down to Statistical Area Level 2.

    The data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census night).

  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Profile

    These tables show Census characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; persons, families and dwellings. Some tables include comparisons with non-Indigenous people.

    The data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census night).

  3. Time Series Profile

    The Time Series Profile presents data from three Censuses, based on the geographical boundaries for the most recent of the three, allowing meaningful comparisons to be made. Comparing data from different Time Series Profiles is not valid, because geographical boundaries are subject to change between Censuses..

    The 2016 Time Series Profile compares data from the 2006, 2011 and 2016 Censuses where the data classifications are comparable. If a data classification has been revised between Censuses, data will be output on the classification that has been used in the 2016 Census. Footnotes explain the correspondence between the data classifications of previous Censuses and the 2016 classification.

    The data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census Night).

  4. Working Population Profile

    The Working Population Profile contains 24 tables of key Census characteristics of employed persons, based on where people work. The profile includes data on hours worked, industry of employment, occupation, qualifications and method of travel to work. Census data for place of work is currently unavailable as an issue is being corrected.

Changes to Community Profiles

2016 Community Profiles will no longer be available for Statistical Area Level 1, however this information will be available in TableBuilder.

The 2016 Time Series Profile data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census night). In 2011, the Time Series Profile data were based on place of enumeration (that is, where people are counted on Census night, rather than where they 'usually' live or their 'usual address').

For the 2016 Census, what were the former Community Profiles relating to Place of Enumeration and Working Population data are only available through DataPacks.

Tutorial - How to use Community Profiles

More Information

Use the advanced search option to search by year, address or using the hierarchical geography list.

Learn more about geography structures for searching – see Census geography basics or the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

Glossary terms and definitions of classifications can be found in the 2016 Census Dictionary

More information about Census data products is available in the QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPacks user guide, Australia (Cat no. 2916.0)