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Community Profiles – tutorial


Welcome to 2011 Census Community Profiles.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn all there is to know about the Community Profiles product.
To access, simply navigate to the Census home page, expand the Data & Analysis side menu, and click on Community Profiles. Alternatively, you can click the shortcut here.

Community Profiles provide a comprehensive statistical picture of individual geographical regions and areas presented in Microsoft Excel workbooks. There are six different profiles: Basic Community, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (or Indigenous), Time Series, Place of Enumeration, Expanded Community, and Working Population.

For an explanation of each you can refer the Details link located at the side of the page. As a general guide, counts provided are based on place of usual residence for Basic Community, Indigenous, and Expanded, while Time Series and Place of Enumeration profiles are based on place of enumeration counts. The Working Population profile is based on place of work counts.

The Explanatory notes link is another useful reference. Here, you’ll find details for all of the different variables that are featured throughout the Community Profile workbooks, as well as a description of the various geographical structures that are available.

If we return to the Community Profiles main page, let’s now go about downloading a Community Profile. Using the Search box, simply select a census year and then begin typing a location or geographical area of interest. In this case, let’s type Rockhampton.

You can see that as soon as we type 3 or more letters we’re presented with a list, and that this list continually refines itself for every subsequent letter that we type.
Search results yielded include a State Suburb, State Electoral Division, Indigenous Location and a host of others.

In this example, let’s choose the Statistical Area Level 3 named Rockhampton.
Now click Go.

This will transport us to the Community Profiles download page with links to the various profiles available for the SA3 of Rockhampton.

Alongside the profile download links, we’re also presented with a map of the area that we’ve just selected.

Depending on the geographical classification you’re looking at, some of the Community Profiles may not be available. For example, if we choose the State Electoral Division of Rockhampton, only the Basic Community and Place of Enumeration profiles are available.

Full details regarding geographical classifications and the corresponding Community Profiles can be found by referencing the 2011 release schedule page and accessing Appendix 10.

Heading back to the SA3 of Rockhampton Community Profile page, let’s now download the applicable Basic Community Profile.

Once open, the cover sheet will be the first thing we see. This provides details of the area that the data in the workbook relates to, as well as the type of profile and the count.

The contents page is next, followed by sheets detailing the list of tables as well as a list of the topics. Each of these content and topic sheets contain links that will transport you to the various tables located within the workbook.

In the Basic Community Profile there are 46 different tables of data spanning a wide range of different topics.

As an example, let’s choose Selected Person Characteristics by Sex.
You’ll notice that this table (B01) is spread across two worksheets, B 01a and B 01b.
You can also confirm the region of the data you’re looking at here.

Alongside the profile counts being based on place of usual residence, place of enumeration, or place of work, the table counts are also made on a persons, families or dwellings basis. This information can be found under the headings for each of the tables or via the list of topics worksheets at the beginning of the workbook.

Footnotes on each of the worksheets provide additional detail.

Returning once more to the Community Profiles main page, let’s now choose the Advanced search feature. Here, we can search by text, address, or the full geographic structure by hierarchy to find an area of interest.

We can also select specific geographic boundaries to overlay on the map in order to go about making our selection.

To illustrate, let’s choose an SA3 level overlay, an SA2 level overlay, and an LGA overlay.

The scroll on your mouse (or the scroll bar to the side of the map) affects zoom, while clicking and holding allows you to pan across the map.

You can make selections by clicking within an area, with these selections having an impact on zoom.

The geographical names of your selections appear here.

Let’s now have a quick look at the address search.

You can see that once you enter an address and click Go, you’ll be presented with a list of geographical regions where that specific address can be found.

Clicking these geographies will select them for you on the map.

A Geographies Search on the other hand allows you to quickly drill down to a specific geography that you’re after by following the various classification hierarchies.

Once you’re happy with your selection, simply click the Community Profile link at the bottom of the page to again be presented with the relevant Community Profile downloads.

The Community Profile download page also provides a link to QuickStats, which provide a snapshot of the same geographically defined regions by way of intuitive webpages.

You can learn more about QuickStats by expanding the Data & Analysis side menu and selecting QuickStats.

For further information about the various Geographical definitions that the ABS makes use of, the geography fact sheets are a great reference.

You can access them by expanding the Data Quality side menu, selecting Fact Sheets, and then clicking on Geography.

The Community Profiles tutorial is now complete.

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Community Profiles tutorial

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Explanatory notes