The 2011-16 ACLD is a representative sample of over 1.2 million records from the 2011 Census (Wave 2) brought together with corresponding records from the 2016 Census (Wave 3). The 2011 Panel includes new births and migrants since the 2006 Census, and is a rich source for exploring how Australian society has changed between the 2011 and 2016 Censuses.
The 2011-16 ACLD product is recommended for analysis of the 2011-16 longitudinal population.
The March 2019 release of the 2011-16 ACLD includes additional data items on the 2011-16 dataset, compared with the 2011-16 dataset released in February 2018.
Note: While the 2011 and 2016 Censuses were predominantly the same, there were some minor differences. For example, a number of changes were made to how industry of employment information was collected for the 2016 Census. The ABS advises this data is not directly comparable to 2011 industry data and should not be used to measure longitudinal transitions. For further information refer to Industry of Employment (INDP) in Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 2900.0).
Users are also encouraged to read Understanding the data pages in Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Census and Census Data, Australia, 2016 (cat. no. 2900.0) for information to assist with using and interpreting specific data items across time.