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The ABS Census Dictionary is aimed at all users of 2006 Census data to assist in determining and specifying output requirements and to develop a better understanding of the conceptual issues underlying the data. It is a comprehensive reference guide to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. It contains information about the 2006 Census classifications, which are the standard output variables for which data can be produced. The Dictionary also describes the new topics introduced in the 2006 Census and summarises classification changes that have occurred since the 2001 Census.
Alongside the classifications is a comprehensive Glossary, which contains definitions of Census terms, and explanations of the concepts relevant to Census collection, data processing and data output, including geographic concepts. New for 2006 is a section about managing Census data quality. The 2011 Census content is not expected to change from the 2006 content, due to budget restrictions, however there may be further revisions to geographic concepts underlying collection and classification.
Census Dictionary, 2006 (ABS cat. no. 2901.0) was last reissued on 31 July 2007 and is available as a hard copy publication, electronically on the Census Guide CD, and freely from the ABS web site https://www.abs.gov.au/census in both PDF and HTML formats.