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Frequently asked questions about Census data

Why are dwelling counts different in QuickStats, Community Profiles and Media Fact Sheets?

i) 2011 Australia QuickStat - 'All private dwellings' total

This number is: Occupied private dwellings + Unoccupied private dwellings, excluding:
  • Non-private dwellings
  • Migratory
  • Off-shore
  • Shipping

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ii) 2011 Australia QuickStat - 'Occupied private dwellings' (in dropdown menu under Dwelling Structure)

This number is:
Occupied private dwellings, excluding:
  • Visitor only
  • Other non-classifiable
  • Not applicable

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iii) Media fact sheet - National - 'Total dwellings'

This number is:
Occupied private dwellings + Unoccupied private dwellings + Non-private dwellings + Migratory + Off-shore
There are no exclusions.

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iv) 2011 Basic Community Profile, table B31 'Total private dwellings'

This number is:
Occupied private dwellings + Unoccupied private dwellings, excluding:
  • Visitor only
  • Other non-classifiable
  • Usual residents who were temporarily absent on Census night

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