General information about the 2016 Characteristics of Recent Migrants Survey, including summary results, are available in the publication Characteristics of Recent Migrants, Australia, Nov 2016 (cat. no. 6250.0).
Detailed information about the survey including scope and coverage, survey design, data collection methodology, weighting, estimation and benchmarking, estimate reliability as well as a glossary and list of abbreviations can be accessed from the Explanatory Notes page of that publication. All published summary tables, in Excel spreadsheet format, can be accessed from the Downloads page.