2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2008  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 17/03/2008   
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Explore your city with the 2006 Census Social Atlas Series

The 2006 Census Social Atlas Series was launched by the Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Chris Bowen MP, and the Australian Statistician Brian Pink, at Parliament House, Canberra on 17 March 2008.

The 2006 Census Social Atlas Series provides snapshots of the social, demographic and economic characteristics of each capital city, using thematic colour maps and commentary. They highlight the geographic distribution of characteristics of the population such as employment and income, age and ethnicity, and family dwellings.

Social Atlases are available for all Australian capital cities and for the first time include selected regional centres.

  • Sydney, also includes Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong
  • Melbourne, also includes Geelong
  • Brisbane, also includes Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast
  • Adelaide, also includes Mount Gambier and Whyalla
  • Perth (including Mandurah), also includes Bunbury and Kalgoorlie
  • Darwin and Palmerston, also includes Alice Springs and Litchfield Shire
  • Hobart, also includes Launceston and Burnie-Devonport
  • Canberra (including Queanbeyan)

The Social Atlas Series contain maps covering seven broad topics:
  • Population
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Education
  • Labour Force
  • Income
  • Families and Households
  • Dwellings

Another great feature of the Social Atlases is the set of reference maps which assist you to identify specific locations, Statistical Local Areas and Postal Areas. Reference maps may be copied to produce overlays that can be placed over the thematic maps to assist you in locating areas and topics of interest.

The 2006 Census Social Atlases are available for purchase for $29 each or $193 (a saving of $39) for the full set. To purchase simply call the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 between 8.30am and 5.00pm.

Did you know
According to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing:
  • Adelaide recorded the highest proportion of people aged 75 years and over
  • Canberra-Queanbeyan region recorded the lowest unemployment rate