2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Apr 1998  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/04/1998   
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Providing More In-Depth Information

The Thematic Profile Service is a new service designed to provide more specific subject matter data on the Australian community than can be found in the standard Community Profiles.

Each Thematic Profile gives you a range of census data enabling greater understanding of the group's characteristics on topics such as education, income, employment, housing and mobility. Thematic Profiles can be provided for standard geographic areas from Collection District level as well as customised areas to meet your individual requirements.

Available through the ABS Consultancy Service, Thematic Profiles are a set of tables based on a particular topic and there are five available from the 1996 Census:

      Examines issues such as living arrangements for children, family income, housing, transport, employment and mobility.

      Provides information on people aged 12-25 years. The tables examine issues relevant to young people including living arrangements, education, employment and mobility.

      Examines the living arrangements of older people and their type of accommodation. As well, the tables provide information on income, employment, transport, ethnicity and mobility.

      Examines issues of relevance to Australia's ethnic population, such as education, employment and housing. This profile can provide information on all ethnic groups for a given area, or detailed information on a single ethnic group.

      Contains selected characteristics of indigenous people.
      Here is how several organisations are using information from the Profiles:

      A leisure company is considering opening an indoor sports centre in a certain area. They have already determined, using other ABS data, that 12-25 year olds are more likely than older people to participate in these types of sporting pursuits. The Young People Profile for their area gives them information on young people's socio-economic status, including hours spent at work or at study and income earned. This gives the sports organisation a better idea for planning opening hours and charging rates.

      A private school in the outer suburbs of a major city wants information on the population in its catchment area with the aim of attracting more students to the school. Information obtained from the Family Profile including income, one and two parent family, hours worked and method of travel to work, enable them to better plan extra-curricular activities, set fees and plan parent days, information which gives the school a leading edge in such a competitive market.

      You can select an individual table or a selection of tables from any of the Thematic Profiles. The Profiles are produced on-demand and are available as hard copy tables or in electronic format. Contact the ABS Consultancy area in your State or
      Territory for more information.