4147.4.55.001 - Culture and Recreation News, Jul 2002  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/08/2002   
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The first release of 2001 Census data was launched by the Australian Statistician, Mr Dennis Trewin, on June 17, 2002.

As well as standard demographic information such as age and sex, first release data include information on ancestry, birthplace of individuals and their parents, language spoken at home and religious affiliation. This information is useful for examining the cultural and ethnic mix of the Australian community and in determining services required by those communities. First release data also include information on computer use at home and Internet use. The second release of 2001 Census data, which will occur in November this year, will include information about employment, including the industry and occupation of the main job being undertaken in the week before census night.

The 2001 Census provides the most extensive range of free data ever available through the ABS web site, at census under the Free Data heading. Basic Community Profiles down to Statistical Local Areas, Indigenous Profiles down to Indigenous Areas, Main Findings from statistical publications and Census Snapshots are all available free of charge. On selection of the preferred product, users can navigate to the area of interest using either an area name list or drill-down map interface.

Should the information in which you are interested not appear to be available in the standard product range, contact an ABS Information Consultant who can advise on customised 2001 Census data that may satisfy your requirements. To do so, call the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.