A snapshot of NSW – Census data to be released

12 June 2012 | NSW/126

What makes New South Wales unique?

On 21 June the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will release the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

In 2006 Census data showed that New South Wales had a population of 6,549,177 with the highest percentage of unit/apartments dwellings in Australia (19 per cent). 2011 Census data will now show how the State has changed over the past five years.

Long since people filled out their Census forms on 9 August last year, the ABS has been hard at work turning the state’s 1.6 million paper Census forms and 889,535 eCensus submissions into the data that will help shape New South Wales’ future over the next five years.

NSW Census Director, Mark Harding, said the ABS is encouraging everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“Census data is available free online and can be used for a wide range of purposes.

“It provides high level data on important topics such as populations, rents, mortgages, incomes, religion, languages, housing and more.

“Many people think Census data is just something used by Government, but it is also an invaluable tool used in many different ways by many different people,” Mr Harding said.

“Businesses, charities, religious and community groups, schools and individuals can all use Census data to help with their planning or just to get a better understanding of their community.

“The Census is the only truly national snapshot of Australia, shedding some light on who we are, and where and how we live,” he added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing will be available on the ABS website from 11.30am on 21 June 2012. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census