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The Census and other population based surveys conducted by the ABS include a range of data items relevant to migrants & ethnicity. The Directory of Statistical Sources contains further information about these collections and the data items collected.

The National Migrant Statistics Unit has produced three products to improve the understanding and availability of data from these collections:

To see the range of ABS statistical information relevant to migrants and ethnicity go to Migrant & Ethnicity Releases.

In most instances, more detailed unpublished data may also be available on request by contacting the National Information and Referral Service (NIRS).


The Research Paper: Assessing the Quality of Linking Migrant Settlement Records to 2011 Census Data, Aug 2013 (cat. no. 1351.0.55.043) presents a detailed assessment of the quality of the linkages conducted for the 2011 Migrants CDE Statistical project. This research paper describes the earlier 2006 Migrants CDE project, the probabilistic linking methodology and the impact of improvements to the two datasets and methodology since the 2006 project. It provides a good background and context for the statistical information provided in Understanding Migrant Outcomes – Enhancing the Value of Census Data, Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 3417.0)

The establishment of the CDE project and associated details are presented in the ABS information paper Census Data Enhancement Project: An Update, Jun 2006 (cat. no. 2062.0) and the Discussion Paper: Enhancing the Population Census: Developing a Longitudinal View, 2006 (cat. no. 2060.0).

An update on the outcomes of the 2006 CDE project and plans for the continuation of the project with respect to the 2011 Census were presented in the ABS information paper, Census Data Enhancement Project: An Update, Oct 2010 (cat. no. 2062.0).


Statistical Language! (cat. no. 1332.0.55.002) is an educational resource from the ABS designed to improve the reader's understanding of some fundamental statistical concepts. It is written in plain English for adults and contains examples and diagrams to help users:
  • understand key statistical terminology;
  • facilitate access to the expanding level of statistical information presented to the public;
  • gain confidence with interpreting summarised information;
  • appreciate the importance of statistical information in today’s society; and,
  • make critical and informed use of data, whatever its source.


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