2011 Census data shows a snapshot of the Australian Capital Territory

21 June 2012 | ACT/30

The changing face of the Australian Capital Territory was revealed today as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The results show that the new Census resident population of Australian Capital Territory is 357,220, up from 324,035 in 2006 – an increase of 10.2 per cent.

The data also shows that the suburb with the biggest growth in Australian Capital Territory is Harrison, which now has 4,440 people up from 305 in 2006.

Housing in the Australian Capital Territory has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $380 from $260 in 2006, an increase of 46.2 per cent. This compares to the national average of $285 which was an increase of 49.2 per cent. Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $2,167 from $1,500 in 2006, an increase of 44.5 per cent. This compares to the national average of $1,800, which increased by 38.5 per cent.

ABS Australian Capital Territory Regional Director, Mariette O'Connell, said the release of 2011 Census data is a big day for the Australian Capital Territory.

“This data will help shape the future of the Australian Capital Territory over the next five years,” Ms O’Connell said.

“Census data is used to help determine the allocation of GST funding to our Territory, and to plan vital services and infrastructure for the people of the Australian Capital Territory. This includes things such as hospitals and health services, schools, and public transport.”

Ms O’Connell thanked the people of the Australian Capital Territory for participating in the Census and encouraged everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“The 2011 Census has been a great success, due largely to the support of people across the country. In return, there is now a wealth of data available freely online, which can be used for a variety of purposes, and provides a great snapshot of your community and your Territory.

“The ABS has introduced a range of new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, to make searching Census data fast and simple,” Ms O’Connell added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.