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 2006 Census Dictionary is a comprehensive reference guide designed to assist users of 2006 Census data to determine and specify their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.
The preliminary sections of the Dictionary provide background information about classifications, a topic index, mnemonic index and data release index for ease of reference.
A new feature of the Dictionary is a section on Census data quality. This 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 Census Dictionary provides information about what's new in the 2006 Census. This section describes topics being introduced for the first time, classifications that have changed since 2001, new and changed variables, and variables that are not being collected in 2006.
A major section of the Dictionary contains the 2006 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 2006 Census form.
The 2006 Census Dictionary should prove an invaluable reference document for all Census data users.