2011.0 - Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing -- Proposed Products and Services, 2016  
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What are they?

DataPacks contain data for all geographies in Australia, along with the digital boundaries.

They include the main Census characteristics for people, families and dwellings, such as age, education, income, housing and occupation.

There are six Community Profile DataPacks and an Estimated Resident Population DataPack that make up the Census DataPacks series.

Profile DataPacks reflect the same structure as the Community Profiles:

    • Basic Community
    • Place of Enumeration
    • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
    • Time Series
    • Expanded Community and
    • Working Population.

DataPack data is provided in CSV format.

Who are they for?

They are designed for:
    • users with existing databases or analysis systems e.g. Geographic Information Systems (GIS), other mapping or tabulation systems where Census data can be imported
    • users who want access to data for the full range of ASGS areas and boundaries.
What do they do?

The DataPacks provide comprehensive data files and associated GIS boundary files in a format suitable for loading into proprietary software and/or client custom-built systems.

They can be downloaded and imported into existing systems ready for manipulation.

Changes to DataPacks

For the 2016 data release, DataPacks will be an entirely on-line product. There will no longer be an option to purchase DataPack DVDs. They will be free-of-charge for download from the ABS website.

When will they be available?

Data from the 2016 Census will be available in DataPacks from mid 2017, as part of the first data release.

Exact dates and details of data items included in each release will be available in the publication Census of Population and Housing - Products and Services, 2016 (cat. no. 2011.0.55.001) due for release in the first half of 2016.

What do they look like?

Visit the DataPacks page.