2079.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Community Profile, DataPack and TableBuilder Templates, Australia, 2016  
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TableBuilder allows users to build their own tables using Census data items. For 2016, the ABS has reviewed the TableBuilder product, including the structure of the Census datasets (the type and number) to improve the user experience.

Census TableBuilder will provide the full range of 2016 Census data items and geographies and support a wide range of cross tabulations. There are three levels of Census TableBuilder access.

Census TableBuilder Basic

TableBuilder Basic is a free registered product that allows users to access basic datasets. Basic users have access to all TableBuilder features, including the ability to save a table online and to create custom recodes.

The ABS has consolidated the datasets that were available in 2011 to improve the user experience and allow users to cross tabulate with more data items. The 2016 Census TableBuilder Basic datasets are:

  • 2016 Census - Cultural Diversity (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Employment, Income and Education (available from August 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Internal Migration (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Selected Dwelling Characteristics (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Selected Family Characteristics (available from July 2017)

Additional changes to the Basic datasets include:
  • State Suburbs, Postal Areas, Australian Drainage Divisions and National Resource Management Regions are no longer available by SA1 due to changes in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
  • Inclusion of imputation flag data items to enable users to enhance their understanding of the dataset.
  • Inclusion of data items providing information about families with persons temporarily absent on Census night.

Census TableBuilder Guest

TableBuilder Guest is a free product that enable users to access the TableBuilder Basic datasets without needing to register an email address.

Guest users can create and download tables up to 10,000 cells, create and download graphs or thematic maps, and display data by counts or percentages. However, users will not be able to save tables, submit large tables or save recodes.

Census TableBuilder Pro

TableBuilder Pro is the ultimate Census data analysis tool. It provides the full range of Census variables, supports a wide range of cross tabulations and allows users to build complex customised tables up to 40 million cells.

For the 2016 Census data release, the ABS has continued to improve the value provided to TableBuilder Pro users by including additional data items and geographies. The 2016 CensusTableBuilder Pro datasets are:

  • 2016 Census - Counting Dwellings, Place of Enumeration (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Counting Families, Place of Enumeration (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Place of Enumeration (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Place of Usual Residence (available from July 2017)
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Place of Work (available from November 2017)

Additional changes to the Pro datasets include:
  • Inclusion of Mesh Block geographies to support analysis in small geographical areas.
  • Addition of the Primary Health Network geography.
  • Inclusion of Grandparent Family data items. These were previously only available by request.

System restrictions have been implemented which prevent the cross-tabulation of certain data items within the following 2016 Census Pro datasets:
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Place of Enumeration
  • 2016 Census - Counting Families, Place of Enumeration
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Estimating Homelessness

These restrictions have been applied to:
  • maintain the confidentiality of respondents
  • ensure the output of quality data
  • assist users by not allowing combinations of data items that statistically should not be combined.

When the restriction is triggered the following error message will be displayed: "These variables cannot be used together". Other similar data items may be available. For example, if you are using Geographical Areas from Mesh Block (MBs), you may be able to use another Geographical Area data item instead, such as Main Statistical Area Structure (Main ASGS).

Accessing Census TableBuilder Pro requires a paid subscription. For information about subscription pricing, see Microdata prices.


To access Census TableBuilder datasets, please register or log in. A Census TableBuilder Pro subscription is required to access Pro datasets.


A Data Items List for all TableBuilder Basic and Pro databases is available via the Downloads tab. This summarises the variables and geographies available in each database.

While most data items are now available, data on employment, qualifications and population mobility will be available from November 2017. Data on Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SIEFA) and Remoteness Area geography will be available in 2018.

Data from the 2006 and 2011 Censuses will continue to be available in TableBuilder.