See the latest release 2021 Census Dictionary
Introduction - Using the Census Dictionary
The Census of Population and Housing provides a comprehensive picture of Australia's people, how they live and where they reside. This information is available through a suite of standard products, or as data customised for individual user requirements.
This dictionary is designed to help users of Census data to determine and specify their data requirements and to understand the concepts underlying the data.
The 2016 Census classifications and the standard output variables for which data can be produced make up the core of the dictionary. Users should consult the classifications before running or requesting Census data.
The main sections of the dictionary are:
- What's New for 2016? - lists changes to classifications and Census questions since 2011, and new variables for 2016.
- About Census Classifications - explains the basics of classifications.
- Classifications by Topic Groups - helps users find variables of interest. Select a variable to see its details.
- Classifications Index - provides an alternative listing to 'Classifications by topic group'. Variables can be selected from this index, which is sortable by mnemonic, release phase and category for ease of reference.
- Managing Census Quality - describes how the main sources of error in the Census are managed and how to find more information about data quality.
The 2016 Census Dictionary is a practical reference tool for all Census data users.
- Glossary - provides definitions of Census terms, such as terms used in the classifications, and some background information. It is worth checking the glossary for extra information on variables of interest.