The Census of Population and Housing provides a wealth of information about the Australian community. This information is available through a suite of standard products, or as data customised for individual user requirements.
The 2011 Census Dictionary is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist users of Census data to determine and specify their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.
There is a section providing background information about classifications and also classification indexes by topic, mnemonic, release phase and category, for ease of reference.
The Census data quality section was developed in response to consultation with users. It describes how the main sources of error in the Census are managed and how users will be able to access information about data quality.
The Dictionary provides information about what's new in the 2011 Census. It describes the new geography for the 2011 Census, classifications that have changed since 2006, and new variables for 2011.
A major section of the Dictionary contains the 2011 Census classifications. These classifications are generally referred to as the standard output variables for which data can be produced. The classification section is an essential resource for users who wish to specify tables customised to their specific needs or to derive their own data from the Census web site.
The final section of the Dictionary contains a glossary of definitions of Census terms. In addition, concepts relevant to Census collection, processing and output of data are explained. Entries in this section of the Dictionary are cross-referenced to other related entries and many refer directly to questions on the 2011 Census form.
The 2011 Census Dictionary should prove an invaluable reference document for all Census data users.
The 2011 Census Dictionary is primarily a web based publication however, a printable version is also available from the Appendix.