2011.0.55.001 - Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Products and Services, 2016  
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Census TableBuilder Basic and Census TableBuilder Pro allow users to build their own tables using Census data items. For 2016 Census output, the ABS has reviewed the Census TableBuilder product, including the structure of the datasets (the type and number) as well as improvements to the functions and features. The details of the improvements to Census TableBuilder and the datasets (including the data items) are available on the Census TableBuilder homepage.


Census TableBuilder will continue to provide the full range of 2016 Census data items and geographies and support a wide range of cross tabulations. 2016 Census data will be available from 4 July 2017 in Census TableBuilder, based on Place of Usual Residence and Place of Enumeration as in 2011. Place of work data will be available in Tablebuilder from 10 November 2017. SEIFA, Commuting Distance and Remoteness Areas will be available from 27 March 2018.

Census TableBuilder Basic

Census TableBuilder Basic is designed for clients with some experience using Census data and skills in constructing basic data tables. It can be accessed free of charge on the ABS website via an interactive, easy to use interface. Self-help tutorials are available on the ABS website to guide users.

Census TableBuilder Basic allows users to build their own tables from a range of Census variables, including age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more. Users can also view and export data in a variety of graphs and maps.

Features of Census TableBuilder Basic include the ability to:

    • construct and customise tables of Census data
    • create and save custom geographies and data items
    • thematically map or graph data
    • download maps and graphs.

Census TableBuilder Guest

Census TableBuilder Guest was launched in June 2017 and enables users to view TableBuilder Basic databases without needing to register an email address. However, users will not be able to save tables, submit large tables or save recodes.

Census TableBuilder Pro

Census TableBuilder Pro is the ultimate Census data analysis tool. It provides the full range of Census variables and supports a wide range of cross tabulations and allows users to build complex customised tables.

It allows users to extract and manipulate an unlimited number of Census tables and create graphs and thematic maps of Census data. It also has more sophisticated features which allow the creation of recodes and custom geographies that can be shared with other licensed users.

Users have access to all Census topics including age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethnicity, occupation and more, for a wide range of geographies from Australia down to Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) and meshblocks.

Features of Census TableBuilder Pro include the ability to:
    • access the full range of Census variables
    • create or import custom geographies easily so they can be shared with other licensed Census TableBuilder Pro users
    • compare data from different geographic areas
    • create recodes to suit unique data needs
    • construct large tables of up to 10,000,000 cells
    • use the 'large table mode' feature which submits tables for processing, reducing the load on the user's computer
    • save tables within TableBuilder Pro for later use
    • thematically map or graph data and export in a variety of formats
    • access advanced training and customer support.

TableBuilder Pro is a charged product. For information about licence pricing, see Microdata prices.

When will it be available?

2016 Census TableBuilder Basic and Pro shells were released on Tuesday 13 June. Users could Log in to Census TableBuilder to set up your tables ahead of the first Census TableBuilder data release on 4 July 2017.

The second data release from the 2016 Census occurred on 10 November 2017. Employment, qualifications and population mobility (transport and previous address) results were added to Census TableBuilder at that time. This type of information needs extra time to process because of its complexity. For further information about the data items and structure of the 2016 Census TableBuilder datasets, see the downloads tab of Census of Population and Housing: Community Profile, DataPack and TableBuilder Shells (cat no. 2079.0).

Note: Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals.

For further information, go to the Census of Population and Housing - QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPack User Guide, Australia (cat no. 2916.0)