2940.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Details of Overcount and Undercount, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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GREATER CAPITAL CITY AND REST OF STATE REGION

Different issues are encountered in enumerating different areas of Australia and these are reflected in the net undercount rates. In urban areas, locating dwellings is generally easier, but contacting occupants and ensuring their participation can be more difficult. In contrast, in rural and remote areas where dwellings may be scattered over a wider area, locating the dwellings can cause considerable difficulties.

In 2016, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory all had higher net undercount rates in their rest of state regions compared with their greater capital cities. All other states and territories had a lower net undercount rate in their rest of state regions (compared with their greater capital cities).

At the national level, the net undercount rate in 2016 was lower for the rest of state regions (0.5%) compared with greater capital cities (1.2%). The difference was less in 2011 (1.7% and 1.8%, respectively). As was the case in both 2011 and 2006, the Northern Territory continues to show the largest difference in net undercount rates between its greater capital city (3.5%) and rest of state region (7.2%).

Net Undercount Rate(a), State/Territory of Usual Residence by Region, 2016

Greater capital city
Rest of state
Total
%
SE
%
SE
%
SE

New South Wales
1.0
0.5
0.4
0.7
0.8
0.4
Victoria
2.0
0.5
-0.3
0.8
1.4
0.4
Queensland
1.9
0.7
0.6
0.7
1.3
0.5
South Australia
-0.5
0.5
2.4
1.6
0.2
0.5
Western Australia
0.5
0.6
-0.2
1.8
0.4
0.6
Tasmania
-0.2
1.3
0.3
1.0
0.1
0.7
Northern Territory
3.5
1.5
7.2
3.0
5.0
1.5
Australian Capital Territory
-1.1
1.4
-1.1
1.4
Australia
1.2
0.3
0.5
0.4
1.0
0.2

Nil or rounded to zero (including null cells).
(a) A negative value indicates a net overcount.