What's new in TableBuilder

TableBuilder has been updated with new features. The updates apply to both Census TableBuilder and TableBuilder (for all other datasets). Your account has been automatically upgraded to access the new features. Saved tables and custom data are still available after the upgrade.

To log into TableBuilder, see About TableBuilder. Haven't got access yet? See How to Apply to register.

TableBuilder is accessed via your web browser. The following browsers and versions are compatible with the latest version of TableBuilder: Internet Explorer version 11, Chrome 52, Firefox 47.0 and Safari 8.02. You may need to upgrade your browser to access all TableBuilder functionality.

Click on the links below to find out more about the new features in TableBuilder. You can also learn more in the TableBuilder User Guide, which includes detailed information about all TableBuilder functions and updated tutorials to help you get started.
Improved look and feel
Custom data
Hierarchical variables
Creating custom geographic areas
Additivity in Census tables

A cleaner interface allows you to navigate around the system more easily. The home page now has three panels: a list of available datasets, predefined tables for each dataset, and information about TableBuilder and your selected dataset.

Census TableBuilder, home page view.
Image: Census TableBuilder home page view

TableBuilder (for all other datasets), home page view.
Image: TableBuilder (for all other datasets) home page view

Once you open a dataset, this is the new table view.
Image: new table view within an open dataset

You can now search (in the top right corner) across all data series, with results presented by type - dataset, user table (your saved tables), predefined table, field (variable) and value (category). The results show all datasets that include your search term, whether it is in a dataset name, one of your saved tables, a variable or a category.
Image: search results showing type of results returned

You can also search within your selected dataset to find specific variables or categories. In the Table view, the Dataset search is in the bottom left corner.
Image: location of dataset search field and search results
In your table of rows and columns, you can add another dimension with wafers. For example, adding State/Territory as a wafer creates a table for each state as well as a totals table. To add a wafer, select the variable then click the wafer button, or drag the variable to the right as a shortcut. This will display the menu options of column, row or wafer. When exported to Excel, each wafer table goes into a separate tab.
Image: add variable as a wafer to a table

Once a wafer has been added to the table you can select which wafer to display by using the drop down menu.
Image: select state to display in wafer drop down box
Need extra groupings in addition to the ones already available in TableBuilder? You can still create a custom group, and the option to download and upload your own custom data group or ranges is now available for all datasets. You can download existing groups to modify in the spreadsheet, share your custom groups with other users or upload a spreadsheet to use custom groups in your table.

Create and save a custom group.
Image: create a custom group

Image: save a custom group

Once saved, you can download your custom group.
Image: download a custom group

You can modify custom groups in a spreadsheet, before uploading the new custom group to TableBuilder. You can also share custom groups with other users.
Image: upload a custom group
For hierarchical variables, you can now drill down within your table. By clicking on the underlined variable name, the next level down of the variable will display.

For example, clicking on New South Wales will display the next level down.
Image: underlined variable that you can drill down into for a hierachical variable

Display of next level down.
Image: results of drilling down in a hierachical variable

You can also collapse back up to the State level by clicking on the double arrow. This will display all variables for the higher level.
Image: double arrow to return to the higher level for a hirarchical variable

The new version of Census TableBuilder no longer offers the 'Map to Group' interactive map function for creating custom geographic areas. Instead, users are able to group geographic areas, such as a cluster of suburbs, through the Custom Data tool and then use this custom area when creating a table. Users are also able to export and edit their custom geographic areas before uploading them back to TableBuilder.

As part of the upgrade to Census TableBuilder an improved additivity module has been introduced. This may result in minor differences in counts from tables produced with the previous version. For more information, see Additivity in the TableBuilder User Guide.