Learn and explore Census data

Learn about how your class can explore our nation and local communities through Census data

Class discussion

Every five years, the ABS counts every person and household in Australia. We call this the Census of Population and Housing.

The Census is the most comprehensive snapshot of the country and tells the story of how we are changing. Census data tells us about the country's economic, social and cultural make-up.

Census data is used to plan services that impact our lives, including schools, health care, transport and infrastructure. It is also used to plan local support for individuals, families and communities. 

The last Census was on Tuesday 10 August 2021. Planning for the next Census in 2026 is currently underway. 

These resources have been provided to help your class discuss:

  • Why do we have a Census?
  • What questions are included in the Census form?
  • What snapshot does Census data provide about our community?
  • How does Census data inform national and local services?

Video resources

Visit the ABS Youtube channel to access these videos in a Learn the Census playlist  

Downloadable classroom resources

Useful links

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