2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2004   
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Tailored census information is requested by a broad range of clients, such as businesses, journalists, government departments, community groups, and more. Requests tend to reflect current social issues, local, state and federal government policy, social and economic reports from here and overseas, and general public interest.

Requests for consultancies are never 'common'. The broad range of information collected by the census makes client requests both interesting and diverse. Many clients have their expectations exceeded when they learn more about the full range of census data that is available. Recent requests include a client wanting to find out about people with Indian ancestry in the various state capital cities, and was delighted to discover that this could be broken down into particular cultural and ethnic groups - to include Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Sikh and more. Other recent census consultancies have included several clients who have requested data based on their own customised geographic boundaries. People have even created their own remoteness classifications.

Contact an ABS consultant to find out about a range of topics- about your suburb, your clients, or the Australian community. Client service managers are located in every state and territory of Australia, so can offer a localised view point on what census data is available to best suit your needs. Specify the content you want and the ABS can deliver your information electronically, on CD-ROM, or in a printed report.

To get census information tailored to your needs call 1300 135 070.

Help Client Managers get you the right data quickly

  1. Have a look at the Census Dictionary and take some time to understand what is available and what you are after. Also, refer to Census Fact Sheets and Census Papers on the ABS web site to get a better understanding of census data.
  2. Know the geographic location you want to find out about
  3. Do you want usual place of residence or enumeration (on Census night) counts?
  4. Work backwards - what do you want the data to tell you?