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2006 Census of Population and Housing - Product Brief
 

Census DataPacks - cat.no. 2069.0.30.001 - 2069.0.30.007
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1. Product Description

'2006 DataPacks' is a CD-ROM product containing 2006 Census of Population and Housing Community Profile data for all of Australia to the Collection District (CD) level and the matching digital boundary basemaps in generic Geographical Information System (GIS) format. The '2006 DataPacks' product contains 2006 Community Profile data in CSV format and digital boundary basemaps in both '.Mid/Mif' and 'ESRI.shp' formats.

The '2006 DataPacks' product is designed for several purposes:

  • for Clients to use with database or analysis systems (e.g. SQL, GIS and other mapping or tabulation software);
  • for Clients who require access to the Census 2006 Community Profile data & digital boundaries 'inbulk'.
  • for licensed 'Secondary Providers' who wish to produce a GIS products similar to 'CDATA 2001 - Full GIS'.

Note: There is no software included in this product. This product contains data, digital boundary basemap files and metadata/referencing documents to enable the user to read the data. The 'data' and 'digital boundary basemap' files are required to open in tabulation and mapping software to read both file formats. There are also metadata files provided that contain data sequencing, labelling, geographic concordances and information pertaining to both the data and digital boundary basemaps where required. Clients will be required to merge the data files with the 'sequential file' and 'cell descripter' metadata files to obtain meaningful data labels and other attributes associated with the data.

The digital boundary basemaps are used for boundary displays and overlays for area specific comparison purposes and once the data is input into a GIS, 'thematic' maps can be obtained by matching the CSV data with the digital boundary basemap file. Thematic maps are where a digital boundary and/or a set of digital boundaries are 'shaded', representing a data item and also incorporates a data 'range' to display the comparison regarding the difference in population counts between the users chosen areas.


2. Data Containment and Release Schedule per Community Profile

Consistent with the two-phase release of 2006 Census data, there will be two releases for a number of '2006 DataPacks' products. First release tables are those tables containing variables which are relatively easy to process and are available on release day. Second release tables contain variables which require more complex processing. These tables will be available on or after the second release date. The '2006 DataPacks' product is available for purchase for all of Australia. There are NO individual State/Territories available as there has been with previous Census electronic products. All States/Territories are included per each profile; constitutes a 'DataPack'. The product will be available for the following profiles:

  • Basic Community Profile (BCP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.001 (First/Second Release)
  • Indigenous Profile (IP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.002 (First/Second Release)
  • Time Series Profile (TSP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.003 (First/Second Release)
  • Place of Enumeration Profile (PEP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.004 (First/Second Release)
  • Expanded Community Profile (XCP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.005 (First/Second Release)
  • Working Population Profile (WPP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.006 (Second Release)
  • Estimated Resident Population Profile (ERP) DataPack - cat no. 2069.0.30.007 (Second Release)

A table indicating the availability of geographic areas at different releases is at item 5 below.

3. CD-ROM format

All Census DataPacks are packaged as 3 CD-ROMs per Profile for the 1st Release and 4 CD-ROMs for the 2nd Release. For Release 2 there is an extra C06_GEO_ASGC_R2 disk created for ASGC 2nd release digital boundaries. This is specified in the overleaf of the DVD jewel case notes.

2nd Release CD-ROMs contain the following:

Disk 1 of 4: C06_<Profile Name>_DATA_R2 (CSV DATA files for each individual Profile (BCP, IP, TSP, PEP, XCP, WPP & ERP by Release Number)
Disk 2 of 4: C06_GEO_ASGC_R1 (Digital Boundary files for Australian Geographical Classification (ASGC) Geotypes by Release Number)
Disk 3 of 4: C06_GEO_ASGC_R2 (Digital Boundary files for Australian Geographical Classification (ASGC) Geotypes by Release Number)
Disk 4 of 4: C06_GEO_CGIA_R2 (Digital Boundary files for Census Geographic & Indigenous Area (CGIA) Geotypes by Release Number)

Note:
DataPacks TSP, XCP and ERP do not have any Census Geographic and/or Indigenous data. However, there will still be Disk 4/4 supplied as the user may wish to overlay the CGIA boundaries over ASGC digital boundaries (Disk 2 & 3 of 4).

All digital boundary disks (ie; C06_GEO_ASGC_R1/R2 & C06_GEO_CGIA_R2) are the same disks that feature in all DataPacks.

4. File format - reading a CSV file

Users will be able to view the data directly from the CD-ROM, in conjunction with the metadata files included on the CD-ROM. The CSV datasets display the data in a string format ONLY separated by commas and do not exceed 200 columns in length (ie. CSV data files in the DataPacks suite are split when the sequential profile template exceeds 200 columns. In the case of table B04, there are 2 CSV data files to accommodate the 309 cells, 1-200 = file_a and 200-309 = file_b). See Image 1.

Users also have the ability to view the data by importing CSV datasets and digital boundaries into their own database software, or viewing it in Excel and/or other spreadsheet applications. See Image 2 below to see how the file displays in Excel from the CSV datafile, and Image 3 to see how the file displays in MapInfo software.

The 2006 DataPacks do NOT include a Microsoft Excel Viewer software (as was previously included in the 2001 Census Basics product). If clients wish to obtain the data as a formatted 'Community Profile Table' (see Image 4 below for example of the sequential metadata file which mimics the appearance of a formatted 'Community Profile Table'), these can be accessed via the ABS Website by downloading the entire Community Profile for each location free of charge. These are available by selecting an individual area using the location search interface and then downloading each Profile for the chosen area.

Image 1 - CSV Data displayed in 'string' format
The image below is a CSV data file displayed in a 'string' format, that is data separated by commas. The first column is the geographic ID, the remaining column headings from left to right reference each single data item and are labelled sequentially as 'B1', 'B2', 'B3', etc. These match the sequential metadata .xls files (see Image 4 below) that accompany the product and which should be used in conjunction with reading the .CSV file. In this example, B1 in the CSV file = '1' in the sequential file = data item 'Males-Total Persons', and B2 = 2 = 'Females-Total Persons', B3 = 3 = 'Persons-Total Persons' and so on.

Note. The alpha character used in the cell identifier is unique to each individual profile type. Ie, 'B' is used to reference the cell for the 'Basic Community Profile', 'I' will be used for the Indigenous Profile, 'T' will be used for the Time Series Profile and so on.



Image 2 - CSV Data displayed in Excel
The image below is the CSV data file displayed in Excel, where the data separated by commas is converted to displaying data in cells. The first column is the geographic ID, the remaining column headings from left to right reference each single data item and are labelled sequentially as 'B1', 'B2', 'B3', etc. These match the sequential metadata .xls files (see Image 4 below) that accompany the product and which should be used in conjunction with reading the .CSV file. In this example, B1 in the excel file = '1' in the sequential file = data item 'Males-Total Persons', and B2 = 2 = 'Females-Total Persons', B3 = 3 = 'Persons-Total Persons' and so on.



Image 3 - CSV Data displayed in MapInfo
This image displays a CSV data file imported into 'MapInfo' software which contains the file structure associated with the CSV file. The first column relates to the geographic ID, the remaining columns from left to right reference each single data item and are labelled sequentially as 'B1', 'B2', 'B3', etc. These match the sequential metadata .xls files (see Image 4 below) that accompany the product and which should be used in conjunction with reading the .CSV file. In this example, B1 in the excel file = '1' in the sequential file = data item 'Males-Total Persons', and B2 = 2 = 'Females-Total Persons', B3 = 3 = 'Persons-Total Persons' and so on.



Image 4 - sequential metadata file
The sequential metadata file is formatted in the same fashion as a 'Community Profile Table'.
To identify the data label references (column headings) for the csv data when viewed in Excel or MapInfo, the User must open the 'sequential' metadata file and align the column headings with the cell reference number. In this example, 1 = 'Males/Total Persons', 2 = 'Females/Total Persons', 3 = 'Persons/Total Persons'.




5. File format - reading a Digital Boundary Basemap (mid/mif), (ESRI .shp) file

Digital boundary basemaps will be available in the following formats:

      • MapInfo Interchange format (.Mid/Mif)
      • EsriShape files (.shp)
Users will be able to view the digital boundary basemaps directly from the CD-ROM (after unzipping), in conjunction with the data and metadata files included on the CD-ROM. The major requirement is that the user can only read these through Geographic Information System (GIS) software products such as 'MapInfo' or 'PC Arcview'. Each area contains a geographic label.

Image 1 - See the following example of a CD digital boundary basemap file for NSW:



Image 2 - See the following example of a CD digital boundary basemap file that has been 'zoomed in' complete with geographic labels for NSW (area selected is Sydney Harbour):




6. Geographic Availability per Release schedule and Community Profile type

The following table indicates which geographic levels are available per Profile and its Release Schedule:

Abbreviations for Geography Table
BCP = Basic Community Profile

IP = Indigenous Profile

PEP = Place of Enumeration Profile

DigB = 2006 Digital Boundaries

TSP= Time Series Profile

XCP = Expanded Community Profile

WPP = Working Population Profile

ERP = Estimated Resident Population


Product: '2006 Census DataPacks'
Geographic Availability - 1st & 2nd Release
= 1st & 2nd Release data & digital boundaries released this geographic level.
= 2nd Release data & digital boundaries released this geographic level.
ASGC Geographic Areas
Census Geographic Areas
BCP
IP
PEP
TSP
XCP
WPP
ERP
DigB
BCP
IP
PEP
TSP
XCP
WPP
ERP
DigB
Australia - (Aust)
Suburb – (SSC)
State - (STE)
Postal Area – (POA)
Statistical Division - (SD)
Commonwealth
Electoral Division –
(CED) (2004)
Statistical Subdivision -
(SSD)
Commonwealth
Electoral Division –
(CED) (2007)
Statistical Local Area -
(SLA)
State Electoral Division – (SED)
Collection District - (CD)
Indigenous Regions -
(IREG)
Local Government Area -
(LGA)
Indigenous Area – (IARE)
Statistical District - (SDist)
Indigenous Location –
(ILOC)
Major Statistical Region -
(MSR)
Working Population
SLA – (JTW)
Statistical Region - (SR)
Statistical Region Sector -
(SRS)
Section of State – (SOS)
Section of State Range –
(SOSR)
Urban Centre Locality -
(UC/L)
Remoteness Area - (RA)

7. Anticipated Release Dates

Consistent with the two-phase release of 2006 Census data, there will be two releases of some Census Community Profiles. Therefore there will be a Second Release of some '2006 DataPacks' products. The various '2006 Census DataPacks - Second Release' products will also contain the data and boundaries previously released with the First Release products.

Note: 2006 DataPacks 2nd Release product(s) supersede the 1st Release DataPacks product(s). The 2nd release products will contain all data included in the 1st Release products with the addition of '2nd Release' data items and geographical areas. Therefore users should destroy '2006 DataPacks - 1st Release' product(s), upon receipt of the 2nd Release product(s).


Profile
Tables
Product no:
No. of Disks
Disk size - 2nd Release
Price
1st Release
2nd Release
BCP
B01 - B45
2069.0.30.001
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 641 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
27/08/2007
25/10/2007
IP
I01 - I34
2069.0.30.002
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 95 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
27/08/2007
25/10/2007
TSP
T01 - T26
2069.0.30.003
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 200 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
27/08/2007
26/11/2007
PEP
P01 - P45
2069.0.30.004
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 640 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
25/09/2007
26/11/2007
XCP
X01 - X42
2069.0.30.005
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 208 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
Not Applicble
26/11/2007
WPP
W01-W22
2069.0.30.006
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 224 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
Not Applicble
29/02/2008
ERP
E01-E02
2069.0.30.007
4
1 of 4 - DATA = 85 Mb
2 of 4 - ASGC1 = 1.44 Gb
3 of 4 - ASGC2 = 1.30 Gb
4 of 4 - CGIA = 1.42 Gb
$115
Not Applicble
August 2008

2006 Digital Boundaries:First Release: August 2007
Second Release: October 2007

8. Pricing

Please note that orders for 2006 Census DataPacks can be made by telephoning NIRS, 1300 135 070.

  • The pricing for the '2006 Census DataPacks' is $115 per profile.
  • All Profiles require 4 CD-ROMs.

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