2021 Census product release guide

The second release of Census data will be available from 12 October 2022

2021 data release

The Census provides a valuable snapshot of information about Australians that reflects our community at the time the Census was undertaken. The most recent Census of Population and Housing was conducted on 10 August 2021. For more information see About the 2021 Census

2021 Census data will be released in a phased approach. June 2022: Key population data. October 2022: Additional location variables and employment data. Early to Mid-2023: Complex topics.

2021 Census data will be released in a phased approach.
1. June 2022 key population data
2. October 2022 additional location variables and employment data
3. Early to Mid-2023 complex topics

The ABS will release 2021 Census data in a staged approach. There will be three key release phases.

  1. 28 June 2022 – most topics will be released for almost all geographic outputs for place of usual residence and for place of enumeration on Census night.
  2. 12 October 2022 – a smaller number of topics including employment and location-based variables will be released.
  3. Early to mid-2023 – complex topics that require additional processing such as distance to work, socio-economic indexes for areas (SEIFA) will be released.

Expand the section below to see which Census topics will be included in each release. Each topic may have several variables associated with it.

Topic release plan

First release – June 2022Second release – Oct 2022Third release – Early to mid-2023
SexInternal migration (address of usual residence 1 year ago and 5 years ago)Socio-economic indexes for areas (SEIFA)
AgeNon-school qualificationDistance to work
Registered marital statusStatus in employmentCensus Microdata
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander originOccupationEstimates of homelessness
Usual residence at Census timePublic or private employer indicator 
Australian citizenshipWorkplace address (Journey to work) 
Country of birthIndustry of employment 
Year of arrival in AustraliaHours worked 
Country of birth of parentsMethod of travel to work 
Main language other than English spoken at home  
Proficiency in spoken English  
Ancestry  
Religious affiliation  
Need for assistance  
Attendance at an educational institution  
Highest year of schooling completed  
Number of children given birth to  
Income  
Unpaid care, help or assistance of another person due to disability, long term illness or old age  
Unpaid work - domestic activities  
Unpaid care of children  
Unpaid work - voluntary work for an organisation or group  
Address on Census night  
Family relationship (and Social marital status)  
Number of motor vehicles garaged  
Number of bedrooms  
Tenure type  
Landlord type  
Housing costs  
Dwelling structure  
Location of private dwelling  
Type of non-private dwelling  
Residential status in non-private dwelling  
Long-term health conditions (New Topic)  
Australian Defence Force Service (New Topic)  

Accessing released data

Once released, Census data can be accessed using a number of Census data tools. We have outlined which data you can access through which product, and when it will be available.

The products include:

  • QuickStats
  • Community Profiles
  • Census TableBuilder
  • DataPacks
  • GeoPackages

Visit Which data tool is best for you or see Census data tools and products to get more information about these tools or how to access Census data. 

Census data can also be accessed through several other products, such as API's and Census data stories. More information on other data products can be found here.

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.

There are three types of QuickStats:

  • All persons
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • Country of Birth

Expand the sections below to see release dates and what data will be available in QuickStats. 

Variables available in QuickStats

Variable availability for QuickStats by search type
  QuickStats search type
TopicVariableAll Persons    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleCountry of Birth
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family indicator (INGF)-1st Release -
 Indigenous household indicator (INGDWTD)1st Release 1st Release -
 Indigenous status (INGP)1st Release 1st Release -
 Whether reported using an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language at home (LNGP)-1st Release -
Cultural diversityAncestry multi response (ANCP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Australian citizenship (CITP)--2nd Release
 Country of birth of father (BPMP)1st Release --
 Country of birth of mother (BPFP)1st Release --
 Country of birth of parents (BPPP)1st Release --
 Country of birth of person (BPLP)1st Release -2nd Release
 Language used at home (LANP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Proficiency in spoken English (ENGLP)--2nd Release
 Religious affiliation (RELP)1st Release -2nd Release
 Year of arrival in Australia (YARP)--2nd Release
Disability and carersUnpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition, or due to old age (UNCAREP)1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Education and trainingLevel of highest educational attainment (HEAP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Type of educational institution attending (TYPP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
Health Count of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
Household and familiesFamily composition (FMCF)1st Release -2nd Release
 Family household composition (dwelling) (HCFMD)-1st Release -
 Family/household reference person indicator (RPIP)--2nd Release
 Household composition (HHCD)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Number of persons usually resident in dwelling (NPRD)1st Release --
 Registered marital status (MSTP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Relationship in household (RLHP)--2nd Release
 Sex of lone parent (SLPP)1st Release --
 Social marital status (MDCP)1st Release 1st Release -
HousingDwelling structure (STRD)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Dwelling type (DWTD)1st Release --
 Housing suitability (HOSD)-1st Release 
 Mortgage affordability indicator (MAID)1st Release --
 Mortgage repayments (monthly) dollar values (MRED)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Number of bedrooms in private dwelling (BEDD)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Rent affordability indicator (RAID)1st Release --
 Tenure type (TEND)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
Income and workCommunity Development Program participation (CDPP)-2nd Release-
 Hours worked (HRSP)2nd Release-2nd Release
 Industry of employment (INDP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Labour force status (LFSP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Labour force status of parents/partners in families (LFSF)2nd Release-2nd Release
 Occupation (OCCP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Total family income (weekly) (FINF)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Total household income (weekly) (HIND)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Total personal income (weekly) (INCP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
LocationPlace of usual residence (PURP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
PopulationAge (AGEP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Sex (SEXP)1st Release -2nd Release
Service with the Australian Defence ForceAustralian Defence Force service (ADFP)1st Release --
TransportMethod of travel to work (MTWP)2nd Release-2nd Release
 Number of motor vehicles (VEHD)1st Release--
Unpaid work and careUnpaid child care (CHCAREP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Unpaid domestic work: number of hours (DOMP)1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Voluntary work for an organisation or group (VOLWP)1st Release 1st Release2nd Release

Geographies available in QuickStats

Geography availability for QuickStats by search type
 QuickStats search type
Geography typeAll peopleAboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peopleCountry of birth
Australia (AUST)1st Release1st Release2nd Release
State/Territories (STE)1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)1st Release1st Release-
Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)1st Release1st Release-
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)1st Release1st Release-
Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)1st Release--
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Significant Urban Areas (SUA)2nd Release--
Urban Centre Localities (UCL)2nd Release--
Section of State (SOS)2nd Release--
Section of State Ranges (SOSR)2nd Release--
Remoteness Areas (RA)3rd Release3rd Release-
Local Government Area 2021 (LGA 2021 boundaries)1st Release--
Suburbs and Localities (SAL)1st Release--
Postal Areas (POA)1st Release--
State Electoral Divisions (SED 2021 boundaries)1st Release--
Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED 2021 boundaries)1st Release--
Indigenous Regions (IREG)-1st Release-
Indigenous Areas (IARE)-1st Release-
Indigenous Locations (ILOC)-1st Release-

For more information on Census geographies please see Understanding Census geography

All persons QuickStats

All persons QuickStats list of tables
TopicTable title
SummaryPeople (sex and median age)
 Average children per family
 Average number of people per household
 Median weekly household income
 Median monthly mortgage repayments
 Median weekly rent
 Average number of motor vehicles per dwelling
People and populationSex
 Indigenous status
 Age
 Registered marital status
 Social marital status
EducationType of educational institution attending
 Level of highest educational attainment *
Cultural diversityAncestry, top responses
 Country of birth, top responses
 Country of birth of parents
 Country of birth of father, top stated responses
 Country of birth of mother, top stated responses
 Religious affiliation, top responses
 Language used at home, top responses (other than English)
Income and workParticipation in the labour force *
 Employment status *
 Employment, hours worked *
 Occupation, top responses *
 Industry of employment, top responses *
 Median weekly income
 Method of travel to work on the day of the Census, top responses *
Unpaid work and careUnpaid work and care
 Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
HealthType of long-term health condition
 Count of selected long-term health conditions
Australian Defence Force serviceAustralian Defence Force service
FamiliesFamily composition
 Single (or lone) parents
 Employment status of parents in couple families *
DwellingsDwelling count
 Dwelling structure
 Number of bedrooms
 Number of registered motor vehicles
HousingHousehold composition
 Tenure type
 Household income
 Rent weekly payments
 Mortgage monthly repayments
Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoplesSex
 Median age
 Average number of people per household
 Average number of people per bedroom
 Median weekly household income
 Median weekly rent
 Median monthly mortgage repayments

*Tables available after second release

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander QuickStats

Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people list of tables
TopicTable title
SummaryPeople (sex and median age)
 Number of families
 Average number of people per household
 Median weekly household income
 Median monthly mortgage repayments
 Median weekly rent
People and populationIndigenous status
 Age
 Registered marital status
 Social marital status
EducationType of educational institution attending
 Level of highest educational attainment *
Cultural diversityAustralian Indigenous languages, top responses
 Ancestry, top responses
Income and workParticipation in the labour force *
 Employment status *
 Occupation, top responses *
 Industry of employment, top responses *
 Median weekly income
Unpaid work and careUnpaid work and care
HealthType of long-term health condition
 Count of selected long-term health conditions
HousingDwelling characteristics
 Mortgage and rent
 Family household composition
 Dwelling structure
 Tenure type

*Tables available after second release

Country of birth QuickStats

Country of birth list of tables - available second release
TopicTable title
Summary People
 Families
 All private dwellings
Population and peoplePeople
 Age
 Registered marital status
EducationType of educational institution attending
 Level of highest educational attainment
Cultural diversityYear of arrival 
 Citizenship
 Ancestry, top responses
 Birthplace of spouse or partner
 Religious affiliation, top responses
 English language proficiency
Income and work Participation in the labour force
 Employment status
 Employment, hours worked
 Occupation, top responses
 Industry of employment, top responses
 Median weekly incomes
 Method of travel to work on the day of the Census
Unpaid work and careUnpaid work and care
 Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
HealthType of long-term health condition
 Count of selected long-term health conditions
FamiliesFamily composition
 Families with children
 Employment status of parents in couple families
HousingDwelling structure
 Number of bedrooms
 Household composition
 Tenure type
 Mortgage and rent

Community Profiles

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 spreadsheets, delivering data relating to people, families, and dwellings.

There are four types of Community profiles:

  • General community profile
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples profile
  • Time series profile
  • Working population profile

Download Community Profile templates here as they become available.

Expand the sections below to see release dates and what data will be available in Community Profiles.

Variables available in Community Profiles

Variable availability for Community Profiles by type
TopicVariableGeneral community profileAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profileTime series profile*Working population profile
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleIndigenous household indicator (INGDWTD)-1st Release --
 Indigenous status (INGP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
Cultural DiversityAncestry multi response (ANCP)1st Release -1st Release -
 Australian citizenship (CITP)1st Release -1st Release -
 Country of birth of parents (BPPP)1st Release -1st Release -
 Country of birth of person (BPLP)1st Release -1st Release 2nd Release
 Language used at home (LANP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Proficiency in spoken English (ENGLP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Religious affiliation (RELP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Year of arrival in Australia (YARP)1st Release --2nd Release
Disability and carersCore activity need for assistance (ASSNP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition, or due to old age (UNCAREP)1st Release 1st Release --
Education and trainingEducational institution: attendee status (TYSTAP)---2nd Release
 Full-time/part-time student status (STUP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Highest year of school completed (HSCP)1st Release 1st Release --
 Non-school qualification: field of study (QALFP)2nd Release-2nd Release-
 Non-school qualification: level of education (QALLP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Type of educational institution attending (TYPP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
HealthCount of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)1st Release 1st Release -2nd Release
 Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)1st Release 1st Release -2nd Release
Household and familiesCount of all children in family (CACF)--1st Release -
 Family blending (FBLF)1st Release ---
 Family composition (FMCF)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Household composition (HHCD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Number of persons usually resident in dwelling (NPRD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Registered marital status (MSTP)1st Release -1st Release -
 Relationship in household (RLHP)1st Release ---
 Social marital status (MDCP)1st Release -1st Release -
HousingDwelling structure (STRD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Dwelling type (DWTD)1st Release 1st Release --
 Housing suitability (HOSD)-1st Release --
 Landlord type  (LLDD)1st Release -1st Release -
 Mortgage repayments (monthly) dollar values (MRED)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Number of bedrooms in private dwelling (BEDD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Tenure and landlord type  (TENLLD)1st Release 1st Release --
 Tenure type (TEND)--1st Release -
Income and workEquivalised total household income (weekly) (HIED)-1st Release --
 Hours worked (HRSP)2nd Release--2nd Release
 Industry of employment (INDP)2nd Release-2nd Release2nd Release
 Labour force status (LFSP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Labour force status and hours worked not stated (LFHRP)2nd Release-2nd Release-
 Labour force status of parents/partners in families (LFSF)2nd Release--2nd Release
 Number of employees (EMPP)---2nd Release
 Occupation (OCCP)--2nd Release2nd Release
 Status in employment (SIEMP)---2nd Release
 Total family income (weekly) (FINF)1st Release -1st Release -
 Total household income (weekly) (HIND)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Total personal income (weekly) (INCP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
LocationPlace of usual residence (PURP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -
 Place of usual residence five years ago (PUR5P)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release-
 Place of usual residence one year ago (PUR1P)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release-
 Usual address indicator Census night (UAICP)1st Release ---
PopulationAge (AGEP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
 Number of children ever born (TISP)1st Release -1st Release -
 Sex (SEXP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release
Service with the Australian Defence ForceAustralian Defence Force service (ADFP)1st Release ---
TransportMethod of travel to work (MTWP)2nd Release--2nd Release
 Number of motor vehicles (VEHD)1st Release ---
Unpaid work and careUnpaid child care (CHCAREP)1st Release ---
 Unpaid domestic work: number of hours (DOMP)1st Release ---
 Voluntary work for an organisation or group (VOLWP)1st Release ---

*Time series profile 2nd Release will be available from the end of October 2022.

Geographies available in Community Profiles

Geography availability for Community Profiles(a) by type
GEOGRAPHYGeneral CommunityAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeoplesTime Series*Working Population
Australia (AUST)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
State/Territories (STE)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)----
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Significant Urban Areas (SUA)2nd Release---
Urban Centre Localities (UCL)2nd Release---
Section of State (SOS)2nd Release---
Section of State Ranges (SOSR)2nd Release---
Remoteness Areas (RA)3rd Release3rd Release--
Local Government Area 2021 (LGA 2021 boundaries)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release
Suburbs and Localities (SAL)1st Release1st Release--
Postal Areas (POA)1st Release---
State Electoral Divisions (SED 2021 boundaries)1st Release---
Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED 2021 boundaries)1st Release---
Indigenous Regions (IREG)-1st Release--
Indigenous Areas (IARE)-1st Release--
Indigenous Locations (ILOC)-1st Release--

(a) Does not include 'No usual address', 'Migratory, offshore and shipping' geographies. 

*Time series profile 2nd Release will be available from the end of October 2022.

For more information on Census geographies please see Understanding Census geography

General community profile

General community profile
First releaseSecond release
Table numberTable titleTable numberTable title
G01Selected person characteristics by sexG43Selected labour force, education and migration characteristics by sex
G02Selected medians and averagesG44Place of usual residence 1 year ago by sex
G03Place of usual residence by place of enumeration on Census Night by ageG45Place of usual residence 5 years ago by sex
G04Age by sexG46Labour force status by age by sex
G05Registered marital status by age by sexG47Labour force status by sex of parents by age of dependent children for couple families
G06Social marital status by age by sexG48Labour force status by sex of parent by age of dependent children for one parent families
G07Indigenous status by age by sex G49Highest non-school qualification: level of education by age by sex
G08Ancestry by country of birth of parentsG50Highest non-school qualification: field of study by age by sex
G09Country of birth of person by age by sexG51Highest non-school qualification: field of study by occupation by sex
G10Country of birth of person by year of arrival in AustraliaG52Highest non-school qualification: level of education by occupation by sex
G11Proficiency in spoken English by year of arrival in Australia by ageG53Highest non-school qualification: level of education by industry of employment by sex
G12Proficiency in spoken English of parents by age of dependent childrenG54Industry of employment by age by sex
G13Language used at home by proficiency in spoken English by sexG55Industry of employment by hours worked by sex
G14Religious affiliation by sexG56Industry of employment by occupation
G15Type of education institution attending (full/part-time student status by age) by sexG57Total family income (weekly) by labour force status of partners for couple families with no children
G16Highest year of school completed by age by sexG58Total family income (weekly) by labour force status of parents/partners for couple families with children
G17Total personal income (weekly) by age by sexG59Total family income (weekly) by labour force status of parent for one parent families
G18Core activity need for assistance by age by sexG60Occupation by age by sex
G19Type of long-term health condition by age by sexG61Occupation by hours worked by sex
G20Count of selected long-term health conditions by age by sexG62Method of travel to work by sex
G21Type of long-term health condition by selected person characteristics  
G22Australian Defence Force service by age by sex  
G23Voluntary work for an organisation or group by age by sex  
G24Unpaid domestic work: number of hours by age by sex  
G25Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age by age by sex  
G26Unpaid child care by age by sex  
G27Relationship in household by age by sex  
G28Number of children ever born  
G29Family composition  
G30Family composition and country of birth of parents by age of dependent children  
G31Family blending  
G32Total family income (weekly) by family composition  
G33Total household income (weekly) by household composition  
G34Number of motor vehicles by dwellings  
G35Household composition by number of persons usually resident  
G36Dwelling structure  
G37Tenure and landlord type by dwelling structure  
G38Mortgage repayment (monthly) by dwelling structure  
G39Mortgage repayment (monthly) by family composition  
G40Rent (weekly) by landlord type  
G41Dwelling structure by number of bedrooms  
G42Dwelling structure by household composition and family composition  

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples profile

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people profile
First releaseSecond release
Table numberTable titleTable numberTable title
I01Selected person characteristics by Indigenous status by sex I19Selected labour force, education and migration characteristics by Indigenous status by sex
I02Indigenous status by sex I20Highest non-school qualification: level of education by Indigenous status by age by sex 
I03Age by Indigenous status by sex I21Labour force status by age by sex for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons
I04Selected medians and averages  
I05Australian Indigenous languages used at home by proficiency in spoken English for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons  
I06Type of educational institution attending (full-time/part-time student status by age) by Indigenous status by sex  
I07Highest year of school completed by Indigenous status by sex   
I08Total personal income (weekly) by sex for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons  
I09Core activity need for assistance by age by sex for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons   
I10Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age, by age by sex for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons   
I11Long-term health conditions by Indigenous status by sex  
I12Type of long-term health condition by age for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander persons  
I13Tenure and landlord type by dwelling structure by Indigenous status of household   
I14Family composition by number of persons usually resident by Indigenous status of family  
I15Household composition and family composition by number of persons usually resident by Indigenous status of household  
I16Housing suitability by Indigenous household indicator  
I17Total household income (weekly) by Indigenous status of household  
I18Equivalised total household income (weekly) by Indigenous status of household  

Time series profile

Time series profile
First release Second release (available from late October 2022)
Table numberTable titleTable numberTable title
T01Selected person characteristics by sexT29Selected labour force, education and migration characteristics
T02Selected medians and averagesT30Family composition and labour force status of parent(s)/partners by total family income (weekly)
T03Age by sexT31Highest non-school qualification: level of education by age by sex
T04Registered marital status by age by sexT32Highest non-school qualification: field of study by age by sex
T05Social marital status by age by sexT33Labour force status by age by sex
T06Indigenous status by age by sexT34Industry of employment by sex
T07Number of children ever born by age of parentT35Occupation by sex
T08Country of birth of person by sex  
T09Ancestry by country of birth of parents  
T10Language used at home by sex  
T11Proficiency in spoken English by age  
T12Religious affiliation by age  
T13Type of educational institution attending (full-time/part-time student status by age) by sex  
T14Dwelling structure by household composition and family composition  
T15Dwelling structure by number of persons usually resident  
T16Dwelling structure and number of bedrooms by number of persons usually resident for family households  
T17Dwelling structure and number of bedrooms by number of persons usually resident for group households  
T18Tenure and landlord type by dwelling structure  
T19Rent (weekly) by landlord type  
T20Rent (weekly) by family composition for couple families  
T21Rent (weekly) by family composition for one parent families  
T22Total family income (weekly) by number of children for couple families  
T23Total family income (weekly) by number of children for one parent families  
T24Total household income (weekly) by rent (weekly)  
T25Family composition by mortgage repayment (monthly)  
T26Couple families by income comparison for parents/partners  
T27Family composition and social marital status by number of dependent children  
T28Core activity need for assistance by age by sex  

Working population profile

Working population profile - available second release
Second release
Table numberTable title
W01Labour force status by age by sex
W02Status in employment by age by sex
W03Status in employment by hours worked by age
W04Status in employment by labour force status by age by sex
W05Status in employment by country of birth of person by sex
W06Status in employment by total personal income (weekly) by sex
W07Industry of employment by year of arrival in Australia
W08Industry of employment by year of arrival in Australia by proficiency in spoken English
W09Industry of employment by sex
W10Industry of employment by owner managers by number of employees
W11Industry of employment by hours worked by sex
W12Industry of employment by occupation
W13Occupation by sex
W14Occupation of owner managers by number of employees
W15Occupation by total personal income (weekly) by public/private sector
W16Occupation by total personal income (weekly) by age
W17Occupation by total personal income (weekly) by hours worked
W18Occupation by total personal income (weekly) by highest non-school qualification: level of education
W19Occupation by total personal income (weekly) for students aged 15-24 years
W20Occupation by hours worked for students aged 15-24 years
W21Method of travel to work by occupation
W22Method of travel to work by age by sex
W23Labour force status by type of educational institution attending (full-time/part-time student status) by age
W24Labour force status by core activity need for assistance by age
W25Long-term health conditions by age
W26Labour force status by Indigenous status by sex
W27Industry of employment by Indigenous status

TableBuilder

Census TableBuilder allows you to build and customise tables to your own specifications. For further information on this product see TableBuilder.

Download the Census TableBuilder data item list.

Expand the section below to see dataset release information. 

TableBuilder dataset list

1st release*2nd release
BasicProBasic
2021 Census - cultural diversity2021 Census - counting dwellings, place of enumeration2021 Census - employment, income and education
2021 Census - selected family characteristics2021 Census - counting persons, 15 years and over 2021 Census - internal migration
 2021 Census - counting persons, place of usual residence2021 Census - selected dwelling characteristics
 2021 Census - counting families, place of enumeration 
 2021 Census - counting persons, place of enumeration 

 

*TableBuilder will be available on 21 September 2022.

DataPacks

DataPacks contain comprehensive data about people, families and dwellings for all Census geographies ranging from Australia down to Statistical Area Level 1. They are containers of data based on Census Community Profiles and include:

  • digital boundary files,
  • 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. The data provided in DataPacks is based on the four Community Profiles with the addition of the Place of enumeration profile, and are available at more levels of geography. 

Download DataPacks templates here as they become available.

Expand the sections below to see release dates and what data will be available in DataPacks. 

Variables available in DataPacks

Variable availability for DataPacks by type
  Type of profile
TopicVariableGeneral communityAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleTime series*Working populationPlace of enumeration**
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleIndigenous household indicator (INGDWTD)-1st Release ---
 Indigenous status (INGP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
Cultural DiversityAncestry multi response (ANCP)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Australian citizenship (CITP)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Country of birth of parents (BPPP)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Country of birth of person (BPLP)1st Release -1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
 Language used at home (LANP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Proficiency in spoken English (ENGLP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
 Religious affiliation (RELP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Year of arrival in Australia (YARP)1st Release --2nd Release1st Release
Disability and carersCore activity need for assistance (ASSNP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
 Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition, or due to old age (UNCAREP)1st Release 1st Release --1st Release
Education and trainingEducational institution: attendee status (TYSTAP)---2nd Release1st Release
 Full-time/part-time student status (STUP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
 Highest year of school completed (HSCP)1st Release 1st Release --1st Release
 Non-school qualification: field of study (QALFP)2nd Release-2nd Release-2nd Release
 Non-school qualification: level of education (QALLP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Type of educational institution attending (TYPP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
HealthCount of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)1st Release 1st Release -2nd Release1st Release
 Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)1st Release  1st Release -2nd Release1st Release
Household and familiesCount of all children in family (CACF)--1st Release --
 Family blending (FBLF)1st Release ---1st Release
 Family composition (FMCF)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Household composition (HHCD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Number of persons usually resident in dwelling (NPRD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Registered marital status (MSTP)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Relationship in household (RLHP)1st Release ---1st Release
 Social marital status (MDCP)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
HousingDwelling structure (STRD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Dwelling type (DWTD)1st Release 1st Release --1st Release
 Housing suitability (HOSD)-1st Release ---
 Landlord type  (LLDD)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Mortgage repayments (monthly) dollar values (MRED)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Number of bedrooms in private dwelling (BEDD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Tenure and landlord type  (TENLLD)1st Release 1st Release --1st Release
 Tenure type (TEND)--1st Release --
Income and workEquivalised total household income (weekly) (HIED)-1st Release ---
 Hours worked (HRSP)2nd Release--2nd Release-
 Industry of employment (INDP)2nd Release-2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Labour force status (LFSP)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Labour force status and hours worked not stated (LFHRP)2nd Release-2nd Release--
 Labour force status of parents/partners in families (LFSF)2nd Release--2nd Release-
 Number of employees (EMPP)---2nd Release-
 Occupation (OCCP)--2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release
 Status in employment (SIEMP)---2nd Release-
 Total family income (weekly) (FINF)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Total household income (weekly) (HIND)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Total personal income (weekly) (INCP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
LocationPlace of usual residence (PURP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release -1st Release
 Place of usual residence five years ago (PUR5P)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release-2nd Release
 Place of usual residence one year ago (PUR1P)2nd Release2nd Release2nd Release-2nd Release
 Usual address indicator Census night (UAICP)1st Release ----
PopulationAge (AGEP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
 Number of children ever born (TISP)1st Release -1st Release -1st Release
 Sex (SEXP)1st Release 1st Release 1st Release 2nd Release1st Release
Service with the Australian Defence ForceAustralian Defence Force service (ADFP)1st Release ----
TransportMethod of travel to work (MTWP)2nd Release--2nd Release2nd Release
 Number of motor vehicles (VEHD)1st Release ---1st Release
Unpaid work and careUnpaid child care (CHCAREP)1st Release ---1st Release
 Unpaid domestic work: number of hours (DOMP)1st Release ----
 Voluntary work for an organisation or group (VOLWP)1st Release ---1st Release

*Time series profile 2nd Release will be available from the end of October 2022.

**Place of enumeration profile 2nd Release will be available from the end of October 2022.

Geographies available in DataPacks

Geography availability for DataPacks(a) by type
GEOGRAPHYGeneral CommunityAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeoplesTime Series*Working PopulationPlace of Enumeration
Australia (AUST)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
State/Territories (STE)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)1st Release---1st Release
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
Significant Urban Areas (SUA)2nd Release---2nd Release
Urban Centre Localities (UCL)2nd Release---2nd Release
Section of State (SOS)2nd Release---2nd Release
Section of State Ranges (SOSR)2nd Release---2nd Release
Remoteness Areas (RA)3rd Release3rd Release--3rd Release
Local Government Area 2021 (LGA 2021 boundaries)1st Release1st Release1st Release2nd Release1st Release
Suburbs and Localities (SAL)1st Release1st Release--1st Release
Postal Areas (POA)1st Release---1st Release
State Electoral Divisions (SED 2021 boundaries)1st Release---1st Release
Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED 2021 boundaries)1st Release---1st Release
Indigenous Regions (IREG)-1st Release---
Indigenous Areas (IARE)-1st Release---
Indigenous Locations (ILOC)-1st Release---

(a) Includes 'No usual address' , 'Migratory, offshore and shipping' geographies.

*Time series profile 2nd Release will be available from the end of October 2022.

For more information on Census geographies please see Understanding Census geography.

Place of enumeration profile

Place of enumeration profile
First releaseSecond release*
Table numberTable titleTable numberTable title
P01Selected person characteristics by sexP38Selected labour force, education and migration characteristics by sex
P02Selected medians and averagesP39Highest non-school qualification: level of education by age by sex
P03Place of usual residence by place of enumeration on Census Night by ageP40Highest non-school qualification: field of study by age by sex
P04Age by sexP41Labour force status by age by sex
P05Registered marital status by age by sexP42Industry of employment by age by sex
P06Social marital status by age by sexP43Industry of employment by occupation
P07Indigenous status by age by sex P44Occupation by age by sex
P08Ancestry by country of birth of parentsP45Method of travel to work by sex
P09Country of birth of person by sex  
P10Country of birth of person by year of arrival in Australia  
P11Proficiency in spoken English by year of arrival in Australia by sex  
P12Proficiency in spoken English of parents by age of dependent children  
P13Language used at home by sex  
P14Religious affiliation by sex  
P15Type of educational institution attending (full-time/part-time student status by age) by sex  
P16Highest year of school completed by age by sex  
P17Total personal income (weekly) by age by sex  
P18Core activity need for assistance by age by sex  
P19Type of long-term health condition by age by sex  
P20Count of selected long-term health conditions by age by sex  
P21Voluntary work for an organisation or group by age by sex  
P22Unpaid domestic work: number of hours by age by sex  
P23Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age, by age by sex  
P24Unpaid child care by age by sex  
P25Relationship in household by age by sex  
P26Number of children ever born by age of parent  
P27Family composition  
P28Total family income (weekly) by family composition  
P29Family blending  
P30Total household income (weekly) by household composition  
P31Number of motor vehicles by dwellings  
P32Household composition by number of persons present on Census Night  
P33Dwelling structure  
P34Tenure and landlord type by dwelling structure  
P35Mortgage repayment (monthly) by dwelling structure  
P36Rent (weekly) by landlord type  
P37Dwelling structure by number of bedrooms  

*Place of enumeration profile second release will be available from the end of October 2022.

See the Community Profiles section above to see what tables are being released in the General community profile, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples profile, Time series profile, and the Working population profile. 

GeoPackages

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.

GeoPackages are based on the General community profile.

Expand the sections below to see release dates and what data will be available in GeoPackages.

Variables available in GeoPackages

Variable availability in GeoPackages
TopicVariableGeneral Community Profile*
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleIndigenous status (INGP)1st Release
Cultural DiversityAncestry multi response (ANCP)1st Release
 Australian citizenship (CITP)1st Release
 Country of birth of parents (BPPP)1st Release
 Country of birth of person (BPLP)1st Release
 Language used at home (LANP)1st Release
 Proficiency in spoken English (ENGLP)1st Release
 Religious affiliation (RELP)1st Release
 Year of arrival in Australia (YARP)1st Release
Disability and carersCore activity need for assistance (ASSNP)1st Release
 Unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition, or due to old age (UNCAREP)1st Release
Education and trainingFull-time/part-time student status (STUP)1st Release
 Highest year of school completed (HSCP)1st Release
 Non-school qualification: field of study (QALFP)2nd Release
 Non-school qualification: level of education (QALLP)2nd Release
 Type of educational institution attending (TYPP)1st Release
HealthCount of selected long-term health conditions (CLTHP)1st Release
 Type of long-term health condition (LTHP)1st Release
Household and familiesFamily blending (FBLF)1st Release
 Family composition (FMCF)1st Release
 Household composition (HHCD)1st Release
 Number of persons usually resident in dwelling (NPRD)1st Release
 Registered marital status (MSTP)1st Release
 Relationship in household (RLHP)1st Release
 Social marital status (MDCP)1st Release
HousingDwelling structure (STRD)1st Release
 Dwelling type (DWTD)1st Release
 Landlord type  (LLDD)1st Release
 Mortgage repayments (monthly) dollar values (MRED)1st Release
 Number of bedrooms in private dwelling (BEDD)1st Release
 Rent (weekly) dollar values (RNTD)1st Release
 Tenure and landlord type  (TENLLD)1st Release
Income and workHours worked (HRSP)2nd Release
 Industry of employment (INDP)2nd Release
 Labour force status (LFSP)2nd Release
 Labour force status and hours worked not stated (LFHRP)2nd Release
 Labour force status of parents/partners in families (LFSF)2nd Release
 Total family income (weekly) (FINF)1st Release
 Total household income (weekly) (HIND)1st Release
 Total personal income (weekly) (INCP)1st Release
LocationPlace of usual residence (PURP)1st Release
 Place of usual residence five years ago (PUR5P)2nd Release
 Place of usual residence one year ago (PUR1P)2nd Release
 Usual address indicator Census night (UAICP)1st Release
PopulationAge (AGEP)1st Release
 Number of children ever born (TISP)1st Release
 Sex (SEXP)1st Release
Service with the Australian Defence ForceAustralian Defence Force service (ADFP)1st Release
TransportMethod of travel to work (MTWP)2nd Release
 Number of motor vehicles (VEHD)1st Release
Unpaid work and careUnpaid child care (CHCAREP)1st Release
 Unpaid domestic work: number of hours (DOMP)1st Release
 Voluntary work for an organisation or group (VOLWP)1st Release

*GeoPackages for 2nd Release will be available in November 2022

Geographies available in GeoPackages

Geography availability for GeoPackages(a)
Geography typeGeneral Community Profile*
Australia (AUST)1st Release
State/Territories (STE)1st Release
Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)1st Release
Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)1st Release
Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)1st Release
Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)1st Release
Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)1st Release
Significant Urban Areas (SUA)2nd Release
Urban Centre Localities (UCL)2nd Release
Section of State (SOS)2nd Release
Section of State Ranges (SOSR)2nd Release
Remoteness Areas (RA)3rd Release
Local Government Area 2021 (LGA 2021 boundaries)1st Release
Suburbs and Localities (SAL)1st Release
Postal Areas (POA)1st Release
State Electoral Divisions (SED 2021 boundaries)1st Release
Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED 2021 boundaries)1st Release
Indigenous Regions (IREG)-
Indigenous Areas (IARE)-
Indigenous Locations (ILOC)-

(a) Includes 'No usual address' , 'Migratory, offshore and shipping' geographies.

*GeoPackages for 2nd Release will be available in November 2022.

For more information on Census geographies please see Understanding Census geography

Other data products

Census data will also be released in several other tools. These tools are outlined below with the 2021 Census data availability.

ABS data APIs

Data Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) enable fast access to ABS statistics by using machine to machine 'API calls'. These calls return statistics in a machine friendly format so that you can integrate data into your own systems as they are released. APIs will be available for first data release.

Census data by topic

Stories, articles and visualisations that relate to Census data on topics of interest can be found at Census data by topic. Spreadsheets containing summary data on the topics are also included. Topics and articles will be progressively updated and released from 28 June 2022.  

Mesh block counts

Mesh blocks are identified with a unique 11 digit code and are the smallest geographical unit in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard for which Census data is output. These datasets contain counts of the total usual resident population and the total dwelling count from the 2021 Census of Population and Housing. 2021 Census Mesh block counts will be released with first data release in 2022.

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The indexes are based on information from the five-yearly Census. 2021 Census data will be available from third data release in 2023.

Census Microdata

Basic and Detailed microdata files contain a small random sample of unidentified private households, associated persons, and a small random sample of persons in non-private dwellings. 2021 Census data will be available from third data release in 2023.

Estimates of Homelessness

The ABS will release the 2021 Census Estimates of Homelessness in early to mid-2023.

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