Brisbane revealed as 2011 Census data is released

21 June 2012 | QLD/37

The changing face of Brisbane 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 population of Greater Brisbane is 2,065,996, up from 1,852,500 in 2006 – an increase of 11.5 per cent.

The data also shows that the local government area with the biggest growth in Greater Brisbane is Brisbane, which now has 1,041,842 people up from 956,130 in 2006 – a rise of nine per cent.

Housing in Greater Brisbane has also seen some significant changes over the past five years with median household weekly rents up to $325 from $220 in 2006, an increase of 47.7 per cent. Median monthly household mortgage repayments also increased to $1,950 from $1,322 in 2006, an increase of 47.5 per cent.

Queensland Census Director, Sally Pritchard, said the 2011 Census was a great success and the results released today will help shape the future of Australia over the next five years.

“It’s great to see Brisbane hit the two million mark for the first time in a Census,” Ms Pritchard said.

“Census information is used to allocate government funding for all areas of Australia, including Brisbane, and to plan vital services and infrastructure that we all use in our communities every day,” Ms Pritchard said.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the city, including data on topics such as age, education, income, housing, transport, religion, ethnicity and more.”

Ms Pritchard added that Australia’s richest source of statistical information is now available freely online.

“Census data is available for free on the ABS website, where you can find new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, that make searching Census data quick and easy.”

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