1100.2 - Statistics Victoria, Jun 2011  
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Census Dictionary, 2011
How Australia Takes a Census, 2011

Census Dictionary, 2011 (cat. no. 2901.0) - released 23/05/2011

The Census Dictionary is a comprehensive reference document for the Census of Population and Housing. The dictionary contains the details of the classifications used in the 2011 Census along with definitions of census concepts and terms.

Key Features of the Census Dictionary include:

  • a full listing of all Census Dictionary classifications (variables);
  • a sortable classification index;
  • a search facility to find classifications related to keywords;
  • large classifications which are easy to read online; and
  • links to Data Quality Statements (as they become available).

To find out more, please visit the publication.
How Australia Takes a Census, 2011 (cat. no. 2903.0) - released 28/04/2011

The purpose of this publication is to outline how the 2011 Census will be conducted.

The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and one of the most important. Its objective is to accurately measure the number and key characteristics of people in Australia on Census Night, and the dwellings in which they live. This information provides a reliable basis for the estimation of the population of each of the states, territories and local government areas, primarily for electoral purposes and the distribution of government funds. The Census also provides the characteristics of the Australian population and its housing within small geographic areas and for small population groups. This information supports the planning, administration, policy development and evaluation activities of governments and other users.

In 2011, around 43,000 collection staff will be employed. Collection is still mainly on foot, however some Census Collectors use motor vehicles and, in remote parts of Australia, even travel by helicopter. The Census will collect a range of information reflecting multicultural heritage, including language spoken at home, country of birth, ancestry and Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.

To find out more, please visit the publication.

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