2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Dec 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/01/2003   
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2001 Release of 2001 Census data

Census Basics

Census Basics is a CD-ROM product containing 2001 Census BCP data down to Collection District (CD) level and digital boundaries in generic formats. Purchasers of the first release Census Basics products automatically received the second release in November 2002.

Customised Tables

Second release 2001 Census data was first made available through ABS Information Consultancy in the form of customised tables and summary publications (Cat. no 2046.0) on 4 September 2002. Clients now have the opportunity to specify customised tables containing both first and second release data to suit their needs. This service provides added flexibility in the selection of census variables and geographic areas specified by the user. Call the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 to discuss your requirements.

2001 Census Snapshots - Final Release!

Coinciding with the second major release, the final release of Census Snapshots occurred on November 19. Census Snapshots are a new product range that have proven highly successful for casual and sophisticated users alike. These free products present a range of person, family and household characteristics in narrative format for users to view a 'snapshot' picture for areas of interest. Census Snapshots also include time series comparisons (where available) with the relevant 1991 and 1996 Census results.

Census Snapshots are available free of charge via the ABS web site for the areas of Australia, States and Territories, Capital Cities and Statistical Local Areas. Navigation to users' areas of interest is made easy via the 'By Map' facility on the ABS web site enabling visual selection of areas without having to be familiar with statistical geography. The final products incorporate a range of second release Census data including labour force, qualifications, industry, occupation and a number of selected averages.

Census Snapshots have been used heavily by the media to describe the summary characteristics for areas.

For more sophisticated users, the availability of time series comparisons has been of great value. While the majority of the product content is presented in narrative text, four statistical summary tables are also included reflecting the key characteristics of areas. A 1901 Snapshot for Australia was also produced to celebrate the Centenary of Federation in 2001 and this provides an interesting comparison reflecting the changing characteristics of life in Australia.

Did you know ?

The final release of 2001 Census Classification Counts occurred on November 19. Classification Counts provide users with the numbers of people, families or households with specific characteristics at the highest level of classificatory detail. These counts are excellent for focussing on a single topic in detail, or for comparisons of a specific characteristic across areas, and are available in Excel spreadsheet format for Australia, States and Territories and Capital Cities. At a cost of only $10 per variable via the ABS web site, the value of these somewhat lesser known products is enormous.