Search Census data

Census data tools and products
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.

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