2037.0.30.001 - Microdata: Census of Population and Housing, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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Using TableBuilder for Census data

TableBuilder is an online data tool in which you can create tables, graphs and maps of ABS microdata. It is designed to help you produce data specific to your needs through a flexible online user interface. There are two TableBuilder systems: Census TableBuilder and TableBuilder for all other datasets.

Within Census TableBuilder, you can:

  • construct tables of Census data for a range of geographic areas, including small area geographies like Postcodes or SA2s
  • display data by counts or percentages
  • view and export data as graphs and thematic maps in a variety of formats, including PDF and KMZ files
  • create and save customised geographic areas and data items (recodes).

A list of the data items available for Census TableBuilder can be found on the Downloads tab.

System restrictions have been implemented which prevent the cross-tabulation of certain data items within the following 2016 Census Pro datasets:
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Place of Enumeration
  • 2016 Census - Counting Families, Place of Enumeration
  • 2016 Census - Counting Persons, Estimating Homelessness
  • 2016 Experimental Index of Household Advantage and Disadvantage - Counting Persons, Place of Enumeration
  • 2016 Experimental Index of Household Advantage and Disadvantage - Counting Families, Place of Enumeration

These restrictions have been applied to:
  • maintain the confidentiality of respondents
  • ensure the output of quality data
  • assist users by not allowing combinations of data items that statistically should not be combined.

When the restriction is triggered the following error message will be displayed: "These variables cannot be used together". Other similar data items may be available. For example, if you are using Geographical Areas from Mesh Block (MBs), you may be able to use another Geographical Area data item instead, such as Main Statistical Area Structure (Main ASGS).

Apply for access to Basic or Pro Census TableBuilder.

To access the free and charged versions of Census TableBuilder, visit the TableBuilder page on the Census website. This page also contains short video tutorials and links to the TableBuilder User Guide and the Census Dictionary, 2016 (cat. no. 2901.0) to help users make the most of this tool.