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2011 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD)

Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD)

The Census provides a 'snapshot' of Australian people and households once every five years when the Census is taken. In 2006 the ABS initiated a project to increase the usefulness of the Census by combining it with future Censuses to form a Statistical Longitudinal Census Dataset (SLCD) based on a 5% sample of the Census population. By combining the 2006 Census with future Censuses it will be possible to build a picture of how society changes over time. Looking at pattern of change will enable us to identify the factors that influence particular outcomes, and which groups are affected by different types of change so that appropriate interventions can be developed. For example, we could use this long-term data to investigate:
    • how the education or labour force participation of parents affect the employment outcomes for their children
    • the effects of the ageing population on households and family arrangements
    • how children move from education to the workforce and if they are working in fields related to their educational qualifications
    • migration patterns of people from one Census to another
    • socioeconomic mobility of people from different areas.
Records for the sample group will be brought together from each Census by using statistical techniques that do not involve matching names and addresses. All name and address information is deleted from the Census files once processing for the Census is complete and this procedure will not change.

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