How can I tell whether I'm using TableBuilder Basic or TableBuilder Pro databases?

When you log in to TableBuilder and choose a database:
  • if the database is topic based (for example, '2011 Census - Education and Qualifications') and has a limited set of classifications (for example, only geographical areas and educational qualifications classifications), it is a TableBuilder Basic database.


  • if it is based on method of count (for example, '2011 Census - Counting Families, Place of Usual Residence'), it is a TableBuilder Pro database.


  • Pre-defined topics (for example, '2011 Census Family Blending') can only be selected if you are using a TableBuilder Basic database.


When you select 'Change Database' or 'Select Topic', if you have access to both TableBuilder Basic and TableBuilder Pro, you will be able to select databases from either.


What geographic areas are available in TableBuilder?

All geographic areas as defined in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) webpage, except Mesh Blocks.
See Chapter 6 and Appendix 10 in the Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing – Products and Services, 2011 (cat. no. 2011.0.55.001).

Information about which geographic areas are available in each release:
First release
  • Australia
  • State/Territory
  • Statistical Area Level 2-4
  • Statistical Area Level 1
  • Greater Capital City Area
  • Indigenous Structure
  • Statistical Local Area
  • Local Government Area
  • State Suburb
  • Postal Area
  • Commonwealth Electoral Division
  • State Electoral Division
  • Natural Resources Management Region
  • Australian Drainage Division
Second release
  • Significant Urban Area
  • Section of State / Urban Centre and Localities Structure
Third release
  • Remoteness Area.



Does TableBuilder have 2001 Census data?

No.


What variables/classifications are available in TableBuilder?

TableBuilder Basic data items: See TableBuilder data & geography.


Can I build a table that shows where people live and work?

Yes, the option is available in the '2006 Counting Persons, Place of Usual Residence' and '2011 Counting Employed Persons, Place of Work' databases in TableBuilder Pro.


Can I create my own classifications to use in a table?

Using custom groups will give you the freedom to create your own geography or classification: see Chapter 6, My custom data in the TableBuilder user manual.


Is there a limit on the number of areas that can be included in my custom geographic area?

There is no limit on the number of areas that can be included. However, when you are editing very large quantities the system may become slow.


Can I load a custom group into TableBuilder?

Yes: see 6.9, 'Import a custom data group into TableBuilder' in Chapter 6, My custom data in the TableBuilder user manual.


How can I share my custom groups with my colleagues?

TableBuilder now offers users the option to create their own custom groups that can be saved outside TableBuilder and then uploaded back into TableBuilder. For steps on how to do this, see Chapter 6 in the TableBuilder user manual.


Does TableBuilder provide time series data?

No, using the Time Series Community Profile will offer you this information. The geography structures in the profile for 2001 and 2006 have been concorded to the 2011 boundaries for a better comparison of an area over time.


Can I create medians, means and averages in TableBuilder?

No, but you can export the data into a spreadsheet to generate these formulas.


Have the data been made confidential?

Yes. In accordance with the Census and Statistics Act 1905, no results will be released in a way that would enable particular individuals or households to be identified.


What are the non-mappable UCLs and SUA areas in TableBuilder?

In TableBuilder the following geographies are non-mappable.
Data are available for the following areas.

Significant Urban Areas (SUA) the following areas are non-mappable areas:
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (NSW)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (VIC)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (QLD)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (SA)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (WA)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (TAS)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (NT)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (ACT)
  • Not in any Significant Urban Area (OT)

Urban Centres and Localities Areas (UCL) the following are non-mappable areas:
  • Remainder of State/Territory (NSW)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (VIC)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (QLD)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (SA)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (WA)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (TAS)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (NT)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (ACT)
  • Remainder of State/Territory (OT)


Differences in totals for ANCP Multi Response tables generated at different levels of Geography.

TableBuilder applies an additivity routine to ensure tables add correctly to a grand total. However, this routine can only cater for one grand total per table. In the case of the ANCP multi response classification, the grand total generated is for total persons and not, total responses. Therefore, the responses will not have additivity applied.

When a table is generated with ANCP at a higher level of geography such as State, the total responses will not match the aggregated responses of lower levels such as SA1.

Caution is advised when using low level and aggregated ANCP data. The data is randomised but not additive for responses.