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Australia’s 2011 Census data released tomorrow

20 June 2012 | CO/55

Tomorrow the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will release the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The ABS has turned the nation’s 8.9 million Census and eCensus forms into the data that will help shape Australia’s future.

Census Executive Director Andrew Henderson said the data will show how our nation has changed over the past five years.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the nation, showing how many of us there are, where and how we live,” Mr Henderson said.

“Census data is used to allocate around $45 billion worth of GST funding to the states and territories and helps decision makers plan for things like roads, schools and hospitals in all communities.”

Mr Henderson added that everyone in Australia, not just Government, can easily access and benefit from Census data.

“Census data is publically available for free at the ABS website,” Mr Henderson said.

“A range of new, easy-to-use tools, including QuickStats, have been developed so people can quickly and easily look through 2011 Census data.”

“Census data is for everyone. From tomorrow businesses, charities, community organisations, students, individuals and others can use Census data for planning or just get a better understanding of their community,” he said.

2011 marked 100 years of national Census taking in Australia and will help showcase our national journey from 1911 to today.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is publicly available on the ABS website from 11:30am AEST. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census.

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