Census data tools and products

User guides and information about Census data tools and products


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 interpretation. Here we will describe how to use the various tools and outline important information. These tools and products can be found in the ‘Find Census data’ tile.

Census data and products will be released in stages. Please refer to the 2021 Census product release guide for information about when Census variables, products and geographies will be released.

Check out Which Census tool is best for you to help choose the data tool that best meets your information needs.

Census data tools and products

Search Census data

An easy to use tool that allows you to find data through QuickStats and Community Profiles for a specific area within Australia. This is the best starting point for those new to accessing Census data.


Now available via the Search Census data tool, QuickStats provide high-level snapshots and summary tables of an area’s key characteristics.

Community Profiles

Now available via the Search Census data tool, Community Profiles provide a detailed statistical picture of an area in downloadable Excel spreadsheets.


A tool that enables users to build and customise tables to their own specifications.


Containers of Census data based on Community Profiles that can be downloaded as CSV files and linked to geographic areas. DataPacks are designed for users who have their own database or analysis systems.


Census data based on the General Community Profile that is linked to geography boundary data that can be downloaded as GPKG files. GeoPackages are suitable for users who have their own analysis system and mapping software.

Census data stories

Stories and infographics that relate to Census data on topics of interest. These stories can be found under the ‘Census data by topic’ tile. Spreadsheets containing summary data on the topic are also included. These stories will be progressively released.

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.

Other tools and products

Other tools and products that integrate Census data with other data sources can be found in Compare data services.  

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. 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.