Census data tools and products
Description

User guides and information about Census data tools and products

Released
12/04/2022
Content
Accessing and using Census data
Census data can be viewed and accessed using different tools. Each has unique key features, formats and provide varying levels of analysis and interpr
Summary of tools and products
Search Census data, Easy to use tool for finding data through QuickStats and Community Profiles for a specific area within Australia. See the Search Census data user gu
QuickStats, QuickStats provide high-level snapshots and summary tables of an area’s key characteristics. See QuickStats user guide for more information. Avail
Community Profiles, Provide a detailed statistical picture of an area in downloadable Excel spreadsheets. See the Community Profiles user guide for more information.
TableBuilder, A tool that enables users to build and customise tables to their own specifications. Information on how to access and use TableBuilder is
DataPacks, Containers of Census data based on Community Profiles that can be downloaded as CSV files and linked to geographic areas. Designed for users who hav
GeoPackages , Census data based on the General Community Profile that is linked to geography boundary data that can be downloaded as GPKG files. Suitable for user
Census data stories, Stories and infographics that relate to Census data on topics of interest. Spreadsheets containing summary data on the topic are also included. Fo
ABS Data APIs , Data Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable fast access to ABS statistics by using machine to machine 'API calls'. These calls return statis
Other tools and products, Other tools and products that integrate Census data with other data sources can be found in Compare data services. See Historical Census data f
Confidentiality of data
When viewing Census data please note that small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of respondents. Th

Search Census data

Released
12/04/2022

Overview

Search Census data is an easy tool that allows you to find Census data about a specific area within Australia. Once an area is selected, you will be able to select the QuickStats or Community Profiles available for that area.

Image of Search Census data user interface.

Image of Search Census data interface. This is where users can search and download QuickStats and Community Profiles.

QuickStats

QuickStats are a simple way to understand an area at a glance. They provide a summary of an area including demographics and tables on key characteristics of the people living in the area, their families and their dwellings.

QuickStats example

Image of 2016 Australia, QuickStats results page.

Image of 2016 Australia - QuickStats results page.

See QuickStats for further information.

Community Profiles

Community Profiles provide detailed statistical pictures of areas in Excel spreadsheets. They include predefined tables of Census data and include most topics on the Census form. Community Profiles can be used to compare the social, economic and demographic characteristics of different geographic areas.

Community Profiles example

Image of 2016 Australia Census Community Profiles download page.

Image of 2016 Australia Census Community Profiles download page.

See Community Profiles for further information.

How to use Search Census data

Search Census data provides different ways to find data for a selected area. Using one of the options, search by Census year and area of interest to see links to data about the area underneath the map.

How to use the search options

Search by area name

Find a geography by typing in the name of the area you are interested in.

How to use

  1. Select the Census year using the drop-down list.
  2. In the Search by area name text box, start typing the name of an area. After 3 letters are typed, a list of geographies will appear.
  3. Select an area from the drop-down list.
  4. Your selected area will display on the map and the links to view QuickStats and Community Profiles will appear in the ‘Search result’ box underneath the map.
  5. Click on the QuickStats or Community Profiles link to view or download Census data.

Note: An area name is often associated with different levels of geography. For example, if you type ‘Gold Coast’ into the search box, the drop-down list will display options such as Gold Coast (SA4), Gold Coast (LGA), Gold Coast (IARE). The drop-down list displays the different types of geography available.

For assistance finding the right geography for your Census data search, see Understanding Census geography.

Search by geography

Find Census data for an area by using a geography classification. This is divided into categories that are defined by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

How to use

  1. Click on the arrow next to the Search by geography heading to expand the search function.
  2. Select a Census year using the drop-down list.
  3. In the selection box, expand and collapse a geography category by clicking the plus (+) sign and the minus (-) sign to the left of the text. This will load and display the geographies and areas available under this category.
  4. Areas with QuickStats or Community Profiles are displayed in blue text. Click on an area.
  5. Your selected area will display on the map and the links to view QuickStats and Community Profiles will appear in the ‘Search result’ box underneath the map.
  6. Click on the QuickStats or Community Profiles link to view or download Census data.

For assistance finding the right geography for your Census data search, see Understanding Census geography.

Search by address

Find Census data by using an address. The results will display a list of geographies that the selected address is located within.

How to use

  1. Click on the arrow next to the Search by address heading to expand the search function.
  2. Select the Census year using the drop-down list.
  3. Type in an address in the available text boxes. This information must include a street number, street name, suburb, state or territory and postcode. Ensure you have entered all of this information to avoid the error message ‘No result found – try including additional information’.
  4. Click the blue magnifying glass to search the address.
  5. All areas the address is located within will appear in the Selection box below the text boxes. Click on an area.
  6. Your selected area will display on the map and the links to view QuickStats and Community Profiles will appear in the ‘Search result’ box underneath the map.
  7. Click on the QuickStats or Community Profiles link to view or download Census data.

For assistance finding the right geography for your Census data search, see Understanding Census geography.

Search by country of birth

Find QuickStats for people who reported being born overseas and live in a selected area. The selected area can be Australia, a state or territory or a capital city.

For example, you can view summary information for people who reported they were born in New Zealand and lived in Tasmania at the time of the Census. 

How to use

  1. Click on the arrow next to the Search by country of birth heading to expand the search function.
  2. Select the Census year using the drop-down list.
  3. Select a country of birth by typing or scrolling through the drop-down list.
  4. Select an area by typing or scrolling through the drop-down list.
  5. Your selected area will display on the map and the links to view QuickStats will appear in the ‘Search result’ box underneath the map.
  6. Click on the Country of birth QuickStats link to view Census data.

Note: Search by country of birth will only provide you with Country of birth QuickStats. If you would like to see more statistics about people born overseas in Community Profiles:

  1. Use the other search options.
  2. Click on the Community Profiles link located in the ‘Search results’ box underneath the map.
  3. Download the General Community Profile.

For assistance finding the right geography for your Census data search, see Understanding Census geography.

Search by map

Find Census data by using an interactive map. This can assist with understanding the different geography boundaries.

How to use the map to find an area

  1. In the top right side of the map, select a Census year and then a geography using the drop-down lists.
  2. Once you have selected the geography, the boundaries associated with that geography will appear on the map.
  3. Use the plus (+) and minus (–) signs in the top left corner of the map to zoom in and out.
  4. Click-hold and drag your mouse to move around the map.
  5. Hover your mouse over the map to see the name of each area.
  6. Once you have found an area, select the area by using a left click with your mouse.
  7. Your selected area will display on the map and the links to view QuickStats and Community Profiles will appear in the ‘Search result’ box underneath the map.
  8. Click on the QuickStats or Community Profiles link to view or download Census data.

For assistance finding the right geography for your Census data search, see Understanding Census geography.

Resources

QuickStats

Released
12/04/2022

Overview

QuickStats are a simple way to understand an area at a glance. They provide a summary of an area including demographics and tables on key characteristics of the people living in the area, their families and their dwellings.

QuickStats data is based on place of usual residence. For a selected area, Census data is grouped into categories and displayed in tables and compared to the state or territory and national data.

The categories are:

  • Persons – including age, education, language, ancestry, religious affiliation, health, Defence Force service and employment of people in the selected area.
  • Families – including family composition, single parent families and family income of the selected area.
  • Dwellings – including the structure and type of dwellings, number of bedrooms, household income, mortgage and rent payments and number of registered vehicles in the selected area.
Image of 2016 Australia QuickStats results page.

Image of 2016 Australia QuickStats results page.

Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of respondents. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals.

For more information on the confidentiality of data, the 2021 Census Privacy Statement or introduced random error, refer to Confidentiality.

Where to find QuickStats

QuickStats can be found by using the Search Census data tool. This tool is in the 'Find Census data tile', on the Census homepage.

The Search Census data tool provides you with different ways to find data for a selected area, including QuickStats and Community Profiles. Using one of the options, search by Census year and area of interest to see links to QuickStats for the area.

For more information about how to use Search Census data, see Search Census data user guide.

Types of QuickStats

There are three types of QuickStats.

All persons QuickStats

All person QuickStats provides:

  • summary information about people, families and dwellings for a selected area
  • area data compared with the state or territory and national data
  • data from 2001 onwards
  • data on all geographies down to Statistical Area Level 1.

To find a list of the All person QuickStats topics, see the 2021 Census product release guide.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats

This QuickStats provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and dwellings. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QuickStats are available for the following geographies:

  • Australia
  • State/Territory
  • Statistical Areas Level 4, 3, and 2
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas
  • Indigenous Regions
  • Indigenous Areas
  • Indigenous Locations.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander QuickStats are available from 2016 onwards.

To find a list of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people QuickStats topics, see the 2021 Census product release guide.

Country of birth QuickStats

Country of birth QuickStats provides summary characteristics of people who were born overseas. It includes data on the person, their families and dwellings in which they live. This data is available for the:

  • top 53 countries of birth in 2011
  • top 107 countries of birth in 2016
  • top 100 countries of birth in 2021. 

Country of birth QuickStats are available for the following geographies:

  • Australia
  • State and Territories
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas.

While all the top countries are available for selection, when combined with certain geographies no data will be available due to low counts. Once a country of birth has been selected, the user is prompted to select a geography. This list will not include any low count areas.

To find a list of the Country of birth QuickStats topics, see the 2021 Census product release guide.

Understanding Country of birth QuickStats tables

The countries available in this search are determined by the count of persons who report being born in that country. Data on families and households is determined by the responses of the usual residents who were present in the household on Census Night. 

People tables

Born in selected country of birthBorn overseasBorn in AustraliaTotal
This total counts the people who stated they were born in the selected country.This total counts people who stated they were born overseas and includes people counted in the ‘born in the selected country of birth’ column.This total counts people who stated they were born in Australia.

This includes the Australian External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and the Jervis Bay Territory.
This total counts all people in the selected area. It includes people who did not state a country of birth.

Families tables

Born in selected country of birthBorn overseasBorn in AustralianTotal
This total counts families where at least one person in the family stated they were born in the selected country.(a)This total counts families where at least one person in the family stated they were born overseas. It includes families counted in the ‘born in the selected country of birth’ column.(b)

This total counts families where all people in the family stated they were born in Australia.

This includes the Australian External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and the Jervis Bay Territory.

It excludes families where any member of the family did not state a country of birth.(c)

This total counts all families in the selected area. It includes families where no one in the family stated a country of birth.
  1. This is different to the 2016 definition, which counted families where the reference person and their spouse/partner was born in the selected country. Data cannot be compared with previous QuickStats.
  2. This is different to the 2016 definition, which counted families where the reference person and their spouse/partner were born overseas. Data cannot be compared with previous QuickStats.
  3. This is different to the 2016 definition, which counted families where both the reference person and their spouse/partner were born in Australia. Data cannot be compared with previous QuickStats.

Dwellings tables

Born in selected country of birthBorn overseasBorn in AustralianTotal
This total counts dwellings or households where at least one person in the dwelling stated they were born in the selected country.This total counts dwellings or households where at least one person in the dwelling stated they were born overseas. It includes dwellings counted in the ‘born in the selected country’ column.This total counts dwellings or households where all people in the dwelling stated their country of birth was Australia.

This includes the Australian External Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island and the Jervis Bay Territory.

It excludes households where any occupant did not state a country of birth.(a)
This total counts all dwellings in the selected area. It includes dwellings where no one stated a country of birth.
  1. This is different from the 2016 definition, which was dwellings where at least one person was born in Australia. Data cannot be compared with previous QuickStats.

Resources

Community Profiles

Released
12/04/2022

Overview

Community Profiles are tools for researching, planning and analysing geographic areas for a number of social, economic and demographic characteristics. Community Profiles provide a comprehensive statistical picture of an area in Excel spreadsheet, delivering data relating to people, families, and dwellings.

Image of 2016 Australia Census Community Profile download page.

Image of 2016 Australia Census Community Profile download page.

Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of respondents. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals.

For more information on the confidentiality of data, the 2021 Census Privacy Statement or Introduced random error/perturbation, please refer to Confidentiality.

Where to find Community Profiles

Community Profiles can be found by using the Search Census data tool. This tool is in the Find Census data tile, on the Census homepage.

The Search Census data tool provides you with different ways to find data for a selected area, including Community Profiles and QuickStats. Using one of the options, search by Census year and area to see links to Community Profiles.

For more information about how to use Search Census data, see Search Census data user guide.

Community Profiles templates

Community Profiles templates are blank Community Profiles without data. These templates can be used to understand what data will be released in Community Profiles and the format of the tables and spreadsheets.

To view the Community Profile templates, see Download product templates.

Types of Community Profiles

There are four types of Community Profiles that can be downloaded.

General community profile

The General community profile is based on place of usual residence and contains tables showing the characteristics of persons, families and dwellings in a selected geographic area.

These tables are available for a variety of geographic regions, ranging from national and state level down to Statistical Area Level 1.

Before 2016, the General community profile was referred to as the Basic community profile and Expanded community profile.

General community profiles are available from 1996 onwards.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 General community profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile is based on place of usual residence and provides characteristics about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, families and dwellings.

Some tables include comparisons with non-Indigenous people.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples profile is available for the following geographies:

  • Australia
  • State/Territory
  • Statistical Areas Level 2, 3, 4
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas
  • Indigenous Regions
  • Indigenous Areas
  • Indigenous Locations
  • Remoteness Areas
  • Section of State Ranges
  • Local Government Areas

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile is available from 2001 onwards.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Time series profile

The 2021 Time series profile presents data from the 2011, 2016 and 2021 Censuses based on the geographical boundaries from the 2021 Census.

Where a data classification has been revised between censuses, data will be output on the classification that has been used in the 2021 Census.

When interpreting the results from different time periods, take care as censuses are based on a point in time. Changes to the Census form design, collection procedures and processing may impact the comparability of data. The data is based on place of usual residence. The Time series profile is available for the following geographies:

  • Australia
  • State/Territory
  • Statistical Areas Level 2, 3, 4
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas
  • Local Government Areas

The Time series profile is available from 2001 onwards.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Time series profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Working population profile

The Working population profile contains key Census characteristics of employed persons, based on the person’s place of work. The profile includes data on:

  • Hours worked
  • Industry of employment
  • Occupation
  • Qualifications
  • Method of travel to work

The Working population profile is available for the following geographies:

  • Australia
  • State/Territory
  • Statistical Areas Level 2, 3, 4
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas
  • Local Government Areas

The Working population profile is available from 2001 onwards.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Working population profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Resources

TableBuilder

Released
12/04/2022

Overview

TableBuilder is a flexible way to access detailed data where you can:

  • build your own tables based on underlying microdata
  • select the data items of your choice for cross-tabulation
  • display counts, percentages and relative standard errors in your table
  • calculate means, medians and quantiles for continuous variables such as income
  • download tables as CSV, Excel and SDMX files
  • create, save and share customised geographic areas and recodes with other registered users.

Tables are automatically treated to protect privacy and confidentiality before the output is provided to you.

How to access

To gain access to Census TableBuilder, you need to register using your organisation email address.

Information on how to register and use TableBuilder can be found here.

To view the TableBuilder data item list, see Microdata and TableBuilder: Census of Population and Housing Data downloads

DataPacks

Released
12/04/2022

Overview

DataPacks contain comprehensive data about people, families and dwellings for all Census geographies ranging from Australia down to Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1). They are containers of data based on Census Community Profiles and include digital boundary information, metadata and reference documents to enable you to read the data.

DataPacks are suitable for experienced Census data users who have their own databases or analysis systems. Use DataPacks if you want Community Profile data for numerous geographic areas.

Image of DataPacks user interface.

Image of Census DataPacks interface. This is where users can search and download Census DataPacks.

How to download DataPacks

To access DataPacks, navigate to the Census homepage, select the ‘Find Census data’ tile, select ‘Census data tools’, and then select ‘DataPacks’.

Step 1 - Select which Census year to draw data from

  • Choose from 2011 onwards.

Step 2 - Select the type of DataPack

Step 3 - Select the Geography

  • The available options will depend on which profile has been chosen in Step 2.
  • If you are unsure of which geography to select, see Understanding Census geography.

Step 4 - Select a descriptor type (only required for 2011 Census DataPacks)

  • Step 4 has been removed for 2016 and 2021 DataPacks because they contain short descriptor labels. Metadata for 2016 and 2021 will include supplementary details for sequential and long descriptors. See Descriptor types.

Step 5 – Download your DataPack

  • Download your DataPack by clicking on the link that corresponds to the State or Territory that you want data for.
  • For example, selecting ‘Local Government Areas’ in Step 3, and clicking the blue link next to AUS, downloads data for each of the 566 Local Government Areas in Australia.

Step 6 - Download Geography boundaries (optional - for 2011 and 2016 Census DataPacks only)

  • Download ESRI Shapefile for your mapping software.
  • If you selected ‘All geographies’ in Step 3, you will need to download a digital boundary file for each geography available for that DataPack. To do this, go back to Step 3, select a geography, and download the digital boundary file for that geography. Repeat this until you have downloaded each geography.

Types of DataPacks

DataPacks are based on all Community Profiles with an additional profile.

The Community Profiles in brief are:

General community profile

The General community profile is based on place of usual residence and contains tables showing the characteristics of persons, families and dwellings in a selected geographic area.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 General community profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples profile contains the Census characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and households. Some tables provide comparisons with non-Indigenous populations.

The data is based on place of usual residence.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Time series profile

The Time series profile contains the Census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings over time. The data is based on place of usual residence.

The 2021 Time series profile contains data from the 2011, 2016, and 2021 Censuses. Where classifications have been revised, output are based on the classification used for the 2021 Census.

When interpreting the results from different time periods, take care as censuses are based on a point in time. Changes to the Census form design, collection procedures and processing may impact the comparability of data.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Time series profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Working population profile

The Working population profile contains key Census characteristics of employed persons, based on the person’s place of work. The profile includes data on:

  • Hours worked
  • Industry of employment
  • Occupation
  • Qualifications
  • Method of travel to work

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Working population profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

Place of enumeration profile (additional)

The Place of enumeration profile contains the Census characteristics of persons, families and dwellings.

The data is based on place of enumeration.

For more information regarding the release of the 2021 Place of enumeration profile, its tables and topics, see 2021 Census product release guide.

DataPack templates

DataPack templates are blank DataPacks without data. These templates can be used to understand what data will be released in DataPacks and the format of the files.

To view the DataPack templates, see Download product templates.

What you need to use a DataPack

You will need the following software to use DataPacks:

  • software to access compressed zip files
  • text editor for readme.txt files
  • spreadsheet application (such as Excel) for the Metadata files
  • software to read .csv data files
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) software (optional).

Files contained in a DataPack

DataPacks are downloaded as a .zip file which includes three sub-folders:

Data folder

  • Contains the data for the selected Community Profile in CSV format. The data is located under geography sub-folders.
  • Each CSV file represents a table of data from the selected Community Profile.

Metadata folder

  • Sequential template file (.xlsx) – a template of the selected Community Profile for you to visualise all data cells.
  • 2021 Geography descriptor file (.xlsx) - lists all geographies used in DataPacks by level, code, label and area.
  • Metadata file (.xlsx) - contains information on the table numbers, names, populations and cell descriptor information.

Readme folder

  • The text documents provide help on specific topics and functions for DataPacks.

Descriptor types

Descriptors are column headings in the data files that display each data label. There are three types of descriptors: Sequential, Short and Long.

A descriptor type for 2011 DataPacks will need to be selected before downloading. 2016 and 2021 DataPacks default to short descriptors.

Should you require data using a different descriptor, you can replace headers in the CSV files using descriptor information available in the Metadata contained in the zip file.

The examples below show the different type of descriptors for the same geography.

Short descriptor headings (default for 2016 and 2021)

STE_CODE_2016

Tot_P_M

Tot_P_F

Tot_P_P

1

3686014

3794217

7480228

2

2908077

3018549

5926624

3

2321889

2381308

4703193

Sequential descriptor headings

STE_CODE_2016

G1

G2

G3

1

3686014

3794217

7480228

2

2908077

3018549

5926624

3

2321889

2381308

4703193

Long descriptor headings

STE_CODE_2016

Total_Persons_Males

Total_Persons_Females

Total_Persons_Persons

1

3686014

3794217

7480228

2

2908077

3018549

5926624

3

2321889

2381308

4703193

Resources

GeoPackages

Released
12/04/2022

Overview

GeoPackages contain comprehensive data about people, families and dwellings for Census geographical areas ranging from Statistical Areas Level 1 to the whole of Australia. GeoPackages are Census data linked to geographical boundary data from the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) in a database container.

GeoPackages are suitable for experienced Census data users who want Community Profile data for numerous locations and have their own databases or Geographic Information System (GIS) software. GeoPackages do not include software.

What is a GeoPackage

Image of Census GeoPackages interface. This is where users can search and download Census GeoPackages.

Image of Census GeoPackages interface. This is where users can search and download Census GeoPackages.

GeoPackage is an open, non-proprietary, platform-independent and standards-based data format for geographic information system implemented as a database container. Originally designed to meet mobile geospatial needs, it is becoming a preferred means for exchanging geospatial datasets and the associated base maps and layers as a single ready-to-use file.

GeoPackage is based on a technology called SQLite, which is a lightweight, public domain database system. If you know SQLite, then you are most of the way to understanding GeoPackage. Most modern Geographical Information systems and tools (for example: MapInfo, ArcMap, QGIS, FME and others) support GeoPackage, making it a powerful and widely adopted geospatial data interchange format.

Visit the GeoPackage website for information on the specification for GeoPackage and implementations and examples.

Advantages of using GeoPackages

  • It is backed by the Open Geospatial Consortium - the international standards organisation for geospatial information and systems.
  • It can hold and transport multiple spatial layers as a self-contained, single file container.
  • It is based on an open and widely supported database format, allowing SQL querying of the data.
  • Data can be added and removed from a GeoPackage.
  • The file format is vendor agnostic. QGIS, FME and others are starting to support GeoPackage making it a widely adopted geospatial data interchange format.

How to download a GeoPackage

To access GeoPackages, navigate to the Census homepage, select the ‘Find Census data’ tile, select ‘Census data tools’, and then select ‘GeoPackages’.

Step 1 – Select a Census year

Choose from 2016 or 2021. 

Step 2– Select a state, territory, or the whole of Australia

Each GeoPackage includes the following geographies that can be downloaded at either an Australia or State/Territory level.

ABS StructuresNon-ABS structures
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)Local Government Areas (LGA)
Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4)Suburbs and Localities (SAL), State Suburbs (SSC)
Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3)Postal Areas (POA)
Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2)Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED)
Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1)State Electoral Divisions (SED)
Indigenous Regions (IREG) 
Indigenous Areas (IARE) 
Indigenous Locations (ILOC) 
Significant Urban Areas (SUA)* 
Urban Centres and Localities (UCL)* 
Section of State (SOS)* 
Section of State Ranges (SOSR)* 
Remoteness Areas (RA)** 

*Available 2nd release, for more information, see 2021 Census product release guide.

**Available 3rd release. 

Step 3 – Select a table or topic (topic selection only for 2016)

GeoPackages are based on the General community profile. The General community profile contains Census characteristics on persons, families and dwellings.

For 2016, GeoPackages are downloadable by a General community profile topic. See GeoPackages topics for more information. For 2021, GeoPackages are downloadable by a General community profile table. You can view which tables relate to each topic by selecting 'Topic'.

Step 4 - Select GDA type

Digital boundaries are available in both the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 (GDA2020) and the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94). GDA2020 was adopted as the new official national datum in 2017 and will be adopted gradually by organisations across Australia. The difference between GDA94 and GDA2020 on the ground is currently about 1.8 metres. Eventually, the ABS will phase out GDA94 boundaries.

For more information about GDA2020, please refer to the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping or Geoscience Australia.

Step 5 - Select a GeoPackage type (for 2016 GeoPackages only)

Some topics can have multiple GeoPackages. It is recommended you read the tables included in each GeoPackage (found beneath the ‘Download GeoPackage’ heading) to ensure you are downloading the correct data for your analysis.

Step 6 – Download GeoPackage

Once you have selected the criteria above, the corresponding GeoPackage will appear underneath the ‘Download GeoPackage’ heading. Each GeoPackage can be downloaded as a ZIP file.

GeoPackage topics

2021 GeoPackage topics

TopicDataPack CSV includedTable names included
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeoplesG01, G07

G01 - Selected person characteristics by sex 

G07 - Indigenous status by age by sex

Australian Defence Force ServiceG21, G22

G21 - Type of long-term health condition by selected person characteristics

G22 - Australian Defence Force service by age by sex

Cultural DiversityG01, G08, G09, G10, G11, G12, G13, G14

G01 - Selected person characteristics by sex 

G08 - Ancestry by country of birth of parents 

G09 - Country of birth of person by age by sex 

G10 - Country of birth of person by year of arrival in Australia

G11 - Proficiency in spoken English by year of arrival in Australia by age 

G12 - Proficiency in spoken English of parents by age of dependent children

G13 - Language used at home by proficiency in spoken English by sex 

G14 - Religious affiliation by sex

Demographics G01, G02, G03, G04

G01 - Selected person characteristics by sex 

G02 - Selected medians and averages 

G03 - Place of usual residence by place of enumeration on Census Night by age 

G04 - Age by sex 

Dwelling and Household Characteristics G02, G27, G33, G34, G35, G36, G37, G41, G42

G02 - Selected medians and averages 

G27 - Relationship in household by age by sex 

G33 - Total household income (weekly) by household composition

G34 - Number of motor vehicles by dwellings 

G35 - Household composition by number of persons usually resident 

G36 - Dwelling structure 

G37 - Tenure and landlord type by dwelling structure 

G41 - Dwelling structure by number of bedrooms 

G42 - Dwelling structure by household composition and family composition

Education and QualificationsG01, G15, G16

G01 - Selected person characteristics by sex 

G15 - Type of education institution attending (full/part-time student status by age) by sex

G16 - Highest year of school completed by age by sex

Employment and IncomeG02, G17

G02 - Selected medians and averages 

G17 - Total personal income (weekly) by age by sex

Family CharacteristicsG02, G29, G30, G31, G32

G02 - Selected medians and averages 

G29 - Family composition

G30 - Family composition and country of birth of parents by age of dependent children

G31 - Family blending 

G32 - Total family income (weekly) by family composition 

HealthG19, G20, G21

G19 - Type of long-term health condition by age by sex 

G20 - Count of selected long-term health conditions by age by sex 

G21 - Type of long-term health condition by selected person characteristics 

Household Income and Housing CostsG02, G33, G38, G40

G02 - Selected medians and averages 

G33 - Total household income (weekly) by household composition 

G38 - Mortgage repayment (monthly) by dwelling structure

G40 - Rent (weekly) by landlord type

Need for AssistanceG18G18 - Core activity need for assistance by age by sex
Relationships and ChildrenG05, G06, G12, G27, G28

G05 - Registered marital status by age by sex 

G06 - Social marital status by age by sex 

G12 - Proficiency in spoken English of parents by age of dependent children

G27 - Relationship in household by age by sex 

G28 - Number of children ever born

Usual Address and Internal MigrationG03G03 - Place of usual residence by place of enumeration on Census Night by age
Unpaid Work and CareG23, G24, G25, G26

G23 - Voluntary work for an organisation or group by age by sex 

G24 - Unpaid domestic work: number of hours by age by sex 

G25 - Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age by age by sex

G26 - Unpaid child care by age by sex

2016 GeoPackage topics

Topic

GeoPackage

DataPack CSV included

Table names included

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

ATISP

G01, G07

G01 – Selected Person Characteristics by Sex

G07 – Indigenous Status by Age by Sex

Children and Childcare

CCA

G12A, G12B, G22A, G22B

G12 – Proficiency in Spoken English/Language of Parents by Age of Dependent Children

G22 – Unpaid Child Care by Age by Sex

CCB

G24, G55A, G55B, G56A, G56B 

G24 – Number of Children Ever Born

G55 – Total Family Income (weekly) by Labour Force Status of Parents/Partners for Couple Families with Children

G56 – Total Family Income (weekly) by Labour Force Status of Parent for Once Parent Families

CCC

G44A, G44B, G44C, G44D

G44 – Labour Force Status by Sex of Parents by Age of Dependent Children for Couple Families (part 1)

 

CCD

G44E, G44F, G45A, G45B

G44 – Labour Force Status by Sex of Parents by Age of Dependent Children for Couple Families (part 2)

G45 - Labour Force Status by Sex of Parent by Age of Dependent Children for Once Parent Families

Cultural and Language Diversity

CLDA

G01, G07, G08

G01 - Selected Person Characteristics by Sex

G07 – Indigenous Status by Age by Sex

G08 – Ancestry by Country of Birth of Parents

CLDB

G09A, G09B, G09C, G09D

G09 – Country of Birth of Person by Age by Sex (part 1)

CLDC

G09E, G09F, G09G, G09H

G09 – Country of Birth of Person by Age by Sex (part 2)

CLDD

G10A, G10B, G10C

G10 – Country of Birth of Person by Year of Arrival in Australia

CLDE

G11A, G11B, G11C, G11D

G11 – Proficiency in Spoken English/Language by Year of Arrival in Australia by Age

CLDF

G12A, G12B

G12 - Proficiency in Spoken English/Language of Parents by Age of Dependent Children

CLDG

G13A, G13B, G13C, G13D

G13 – Language Spoken at Home by Proficiency in Spoken English/Language by Sex

CLDH

G14, G26

G14 – Religious Affiliation by Sex

G26 – Family Composition and Country of Birth of Parents by Age of Dependent Children

Disability, Need for Assistance and Carers

DNAC

G18, G21, G22A, G22B 

G18 – Core Activity Need for Assistance by Age by Sex

G21 – Unpaid Assistance to a Person with a Disability by Age by Sex

G22 – Unpaid Child Care by Age by Sex

Education and Qualifications

EQA

G15, G16A, G16B, G40, G46A, G46B

G15 – Type of Education Institution Attending (Full/Part-Time Student Status by Age) by Sex

G16 – Highest Year of School Completed by Age by Sex

G40 – Selected Labour Force, Education and Migration Characteristics by Sex

G46 – Non-School Qualification: Level of Education by Age by Sex

EQB

G47A, G47B, G47C, G48A, G48B, G48C

G47 – Non-School Qualification: Field of Study by Age by Sex

G48 – Non-School Qualification: Field of Study by Occupation by Sex

EQC

G49A, G49B, G49C, G50A, G50B, G50C

G49 - Non-School Qualification: Level of Education by Occupation by Sex

G50 - Non-School Qualification: Level of Education by Industry of Employment by Sex

Employment, Income and Unpaid Work

EIUWA

G02, G17A, G17B, G17C

G02 - Selected Medians and Averages

G17 - Total Personal Income (weekly) by Age by Sex

EIUWB

G19, G20A, G20B, G21, G22A, G22B

G19 - Voluntary Work for an Organisation or Group by Age by Sex

G20 - Unpaid Domestic Work: Number of Hours by Age by Sex

G21 - Unpaid Assistance to a Person with a Disability by Age by Sex

G22 - Unpaid Child Care by Age by Sex

EIUWC

G40, G43A, G43B

G40 - Selected Labour Force, Education and Migration Characteristics by Sex

G43 - Labour Force Status by Age by Sex

EIUWD

G44A, G44B, G44C, G44D

G44 - Labour Force Status by Sex of Parents by Age of Dependent Children for Couple Families (part 1)

EIUWE

G44E, G44F, G45A, G45B 

G44 - Labour Force Status by Sex of Parents by Age of Dependent Children for Couple Families (part 2)

G45 - Labour Force Status by Sex of Parent by Age of Dependent Children for One Parent Families

EIUWF

G48A, G48B, G48C, G49A, G49B, G49C

G48 - Non-School Qualification: Field of Study by Occupation by Sex

G49 - Non-School Qualification: Level of Education by Occupation by Sex

EIUWG

G50A, G50B, G50C

G50 - Non-School Qualification: Level of Education by Industry of Employment by Sex

EIUWH

G51A, G51B, G51C, G51D

G51 - Industry of Employment by Age by Sex

EIUWI

G52A, G52B, G52C, G52D, G53A, G53B

G52 - Industry of Employment by Hours Worked by Sex

G53 - Industry of Employment by Occupation

EIUWJ

G54A, G54B, G55A, G55B, G56A, G56B

G54 - Total Family Income (weekly) by Labour Force Status of Partners for Couple Families with no Children

G55 - Total Family Income (weekly) by Labour Force Status of Parents/Partners for Couple Families with Children

G56 - Total Family Income (weekly) by Labour Force Status of Parent for One Parent Families

EIUWK

G57A, G57B, G58A, G58B, G59

G57 - Occupation by Age by Sex

G58 - Occupation by Hours Worked by Sex

G59 - Method of Travel to Work by Sex

Household Income and Housing Costs

HIHC

G02, G28, G29, G34, G35, G36

G02 - Selected Medians and Averages

G28 - Total Family Income (weekly) by Family Composition

G29 - Total Household Income (weekly) by Household Composition

G34 - Mortgage Repayment (monthly) by Dwelling Structure

G35 - Mortgage Repayment (monthly) by Family Composition

G36 - Rent (weekly) by Landlord Type

Selected Dwelling and Household Characteristics

SDHCA

G02, G23A, G23B, G29, G30, G31, G32, G33, G34, G35

G02 - Selected Medians and Averages

G23 - Relationship in Household by Age by Sex

G29 - Total Household Income (weekly) by Household Composition

G30 - Number of Motor Vehicles by Dwellings

G31 - Household Composition by Number of Persons Usually Resident

G32 - Dwelling Structure

G33 - Tenure and Landlord Type by Dwelling Structure

G34 - Mortgage Repayment (monthly) by Dwelling Structure

G35 - Mortgage Repayment (monthly) by Family Composition

SDHCB

G36, G37, G38, G39

G36 - Rent (weekly) by Landlord Type

G37 - Dwelling Internet Connection by Dwelling Structure

G38 - Dwelling Structure by Number of Bedrooms

G39 - Dwelling Structure by Household Composition and Family Composition

Selected Family Characteristics

SFC

G02, G25, G26, G27, G28

G02 - Selected Medians and Averages

G25 - Family Composition

G26 - Family Composition and Country of Birth of Parents by Age of Dependent Children

G27 - Family Blending

G28 - Total Family Income (weekly) by Family Composition

Selected Person Characteristics

SPCA

G01, G02, G03, G04A, G04B, G05, G06

G01 - Selected Person Characteristics by Sex

G02 - Selected Medians and Averages

G03 - Place of Usual Residence on Census Night by Age

G04 - Age by Sex

G05 - Registered Marital Status by Age by Sex

G06 - Social Marital Status by Age by Sex

SPCB

G23A, G23B, G24

G23 - Relationship in Household by Age by Sex

G24 - Number of Children Ever Born

Usual Address and Internal Migration

UAIM

G03, G40, G41, G42

G03 - Place of Usual Residence on Census Night by Age

G40 - Selected Labour Force, Education and Migration Characteristics by Sex

G41 - Place of Usual Residence 1 Year Ago by Sex

G42 - Place of Usual Residence 5 Years Ago by Sex

Files contained in a GeoPackage

GeoPackage (GPKG) file

  • Census data merged with boundary information

Metadata folder

  • Sequential template files (.xlsx) containing the information about the Community Profile template, such as information about the sequential numbers and data labels, the table descriptions and the population that is being counted
  • Metadata file (.xlsx) containing information on the table numbers, names, populations and cell descriptor information
  • DataPack to GeoPackage Lookup (.csv) contains a DataPack to GeoPackage reference list, including the renamed list of short headers within tables to enable table and boundaries to merge
  • Geography descriptor file (.xlsx) which lists all geographies used in GeoPackages by level, code, label and area

Readme folder

  • AboutGeopackage_readme.txt - documentation containing helpful information for users about the data and how it is structured
  • GeoPackage_Formats_readme.txt  - details about basic structure formats and contents of GeoPackages
  • Creative Commons Licensing information

What you need to use a GeoPackage

  • Software for compressed zip files
  • Text Editor for readme.txt files
  • Spreadsheet application (such as Excel) for the Metadata files
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) software

Additivity of data

Please note that there are small random adjustments made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of respondents. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from the table totals.

Resources

Download product templates

Released
12/04/2022

Community Profiles

General Community Profile

(does not contain actual data)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Community Profile

(does not contain actual data)

Time Series Profile

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DataPacks

DataPack - General Community Profile

(does not contain actual data)

The short descriptor file contains a small error for table G11. The correct titles for the column headers are "_05_10_" instead of "_06_10".

DataPack - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Profile

(does not contain actual data)

DataPack - Place of Enumeration Profile

(does not contain actual data)

DataPack - Time Series Profile

(does not contain actual data)

DataPack - Working Population Profile

(does not contain actual data)

TableBuilder

Census TableBuilder data item list

Basic and Pro data items

Updates to downloads on this page were made on 9 November 2022.