NAME OF COLLECTION
Census of Population and Housing
Telephone: 1300 135 970 (from within Australia)
+61 2 9268 4909 (from outside of Australia)
Web site: <www.abs.gov.au>
To measure the number and key characteristics of persons and dwellings in Australia on census night. Among other things, the information is used for forward planning by government, industry and community groups.
The Census is conducted every five years and is an enumeration of the entire population. Information is collected from all Australian households by self-completion questionnaires.
Main data detail
- labour force, including:
- industry (e.g. Coal mining, Oil and gas extraction, Metal ore mining, Other mining, Services to mining);
- occupation (e.g. Managerial, Professional, or Other workers classifications); and
- labour force status/status in employment;
- demography (e.g. age, sex, marital status);
- dwellings (e.g. number of bedrooms, rent, mortgage);
- ethnicity (e.g. birthplace, year of arrival);
- income; and
Specific data are available for numbers and sex of people employed, occupation classifications and hours worked in relation to the mining industry.
Australia, states and territories. Data are classified according to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification and are available for small areas down to Collection District. For analytical purposes, Collection Districts can be aggregated to create regions with boundaries close to those of areas of interest to the mining industry.
Frequency of data availability
Every five years.
The first Census conducted by the Commonwealth of Australia was held in 1911 and Censuses have been held at irregular intervals to 1961. Since 1961 a Census has been conducted every five years, with the latest being undertaken in 2001 (some data are available at time of release of this publication).
Products and services
- products from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing are released progressively. For the latest information, please visit the Census pages of the ABS web site at <https://www.abs.gov.au/census>. Mining industry data will be made available from November 2002.
- various products from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing are listed in the 2001 Directory of Census Statistics (cat. no. 2910.0) which is also accessible via the ABS web site.
- a significant volume of free data, including mining industry data, are made available on the ABS web site. These are contained in the Basic Community and Indigenous Profiles and Census Snapshots.
- Community Profiles are available in hardcopy and all standard electronic formats. Free data selection, viewing and aggregation software is also available.
- CDATA2001 is a CD-ROM product containing 2001 Census and digital boundary data combined with data manipulation and mapping software.
- customised tables are available where standard products do not meet users needs.
- map and boundary data are also available in hardcopy and common digital forms.
Example of information available
NUMBER OF PERSONS EMPLOYED AT THE TIME OF THE 1996 CENSUS, AUSTRALIA
15/08/2008 Note: The contact details on this page were amended.