TableBuilder Basic

TableBuilder Basic databases are available free of charge for registered users on the ABS website, via an interactive and simple to use interface. A range of predefined data tables on a number of selected topics are available to help you get started.

TableBuilder Basic is designed for clients who have some experience using Census data and skills in constructing basic data tables. You will have access to most 2011 Census data topics, and to geographic areas ranging from a single Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia.

TableBuilder Basic allows you to:
  • construct and customise tables of Census data
  • create and save customised geographic areas and data items (recodes) that can be exported and imported to share with other users
  • view and export data as graphs and thematic maps in a variety of formats
  • select an area within a map and generate data for your area.

To gain access to TableBuilder Basic, you will need to register and subscribe to TableBuilder Basic 2011 and/or TableBuilder Basic 2006. Once you have subscribed to TableBuilder Basic 2011, you will be able to access data from the 2011 Census.

CDATA Online 2006 users

CDATA Online 2006 has transitioned to TableBuilder Basic 2006 with enhanced functionality. Users of CDATA Online 2006 will need to register and subscribe to TableBuilder Basic 2006. You will then have immediate access to 2006 Census data.

TableBuilder Pro

TableBuilder Pro is a charged version of TableBuilder. TableBuilder Pro databases are designed for more advanced registered users of Census data who want the freedom to create large and complex tables. TableBuilder Pro provides full access to the large range of Census Output data. It supports a huge variety of cross-classifications; nearly all variables from the Census Dictionary, 2011 are available.

You can make comparisons of data between different geographic areas, create customised geographic areas and data items (recodes) to suit specific needs and share these results with others. You can extract and manipulate tables and create graphs and thematic maps of the Census data.

To gain access to TableBuilder Pro 2011, you will need to register and purchase a TableBuilder Pro individual or organisational licence. You will then be able to access the data from the 2011 Census.

For information about individual and organisational licence pricing, see Microdata Prices.


TableBuilder 2006 users

TableBuilder 2006 has been replaced by TableBuilder Pro 2006, with more features such as saving your customised recodes. You will be able to access 2006 data and your customised data store using TableBuilder Pro 2006. A new user ID has been sent to you and you should use your old password.

Features of TableBuilder

Both versions of TableBuilder have the following features:
  • All data are confidentialised.
  • You can access nearly all variables in the Census Dictionary, 2011.
  • You can create your own customised tables of up to 5 million cells and download them as Excel, CSV and SDMX files.
  • You can create graphs and download them as PDF and PNG files.
  • You can create thematic maps and download them as PDF and KMZ files.
  • You can access all geographic areas, ranging from Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia.
  • You can create and save customised geographic areas and data items (recodes) and share them with other users.
  • Registration is required (see ABS Registration Centre).

Differences between TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro
TableBuilder Basic TableBuilder Pro
Free product Charged product
Access to most 2011 Census topics Access to nearly all variables in the Census Dictionary, 2011
Predefined data tables to help you get started Import into your own databases and systems and start with a blank table – you choose what you want to build
Limited variables available within TableBuilder Basic databases Supports a huge variety of cross-classifications

Contains the following topic databases:

  • Cultural and Language Diversity
  • Education and Qualifications
  • Employment, Income and Unpaid Work
  • Disability, Carers and Need for Assistance
  • Children and Childcare
  • Usual Address and Internal Migration
  • Persons and Relationships
  • Persons in Private Dwellings
  • Persons in Non-Private Dwellings
  • Family Characteristics
  • Dwelling Characteristics
  • Household Income and Expenditure

Contains the following databases:

  • Counting Persons, Place of Usual Residence
  • Counting Persons, Place of Enumeration
  • Counting Employed Persons, Place of Work
  • Counting Families, Place of Usual Residence
  • Counting Dwellings, Place of Enumeration