2916.0 - Census of Population and Housing - QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPacks User Guide, Australia, 2016  
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This user guide offers an overview of the Census data product suite and ways in which the ABS protects the confidentiality of data.

Accessing and using Census data

Census data is made available through different products, each of which have unique key features, formats and involve varying levels of analysis or interpretation. Each product is available on the ABS website.
Check out Which Census Product is Best for you to help you choose the data product that best meets your information needs.

As a starting point, go to QuickStats or Community Profiles to complete a search using the search tool within the page.

Advanced Search has multiple ways to find specific geographic areas. Use Advanced Search if the QuickStats or Community Profiles search tool doesn't find what you are looking for.

DataPacks provides the next step up in data analysis. It is designed for users who have their own database or mapping systems.

TableBuilder is a product that enables users to build and customise tables to their own specifications. If you need help, the TableBuilder User Guide provides information about:

        available data in TableBuilder
        how to register
        accessing and using TableBuilder


Tutorials are available in the form of online videos (with accompanying transcripts) and demonstrate how to use different features of QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPacks, and run from 1 to 5 minutes. The tutorials can be found in this user guide or on the QuickStats, Community Profiles or DataPacks pages on the ABS website.

Confidentiality and protecting your data

The ABS highly values confidentiality and protecting your data. This user guide will help you understand what the ABS does to protect your information, explains perturbation (the technique used to adjust counts), and provides guidance on how to interpret the data.

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