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A snapshot of Sydney – Census data to be released

12 June 2012 | NSW/127

What makes Sydney unique?

On 21 June the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will release the first results of the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

In 2006 Census data showed that Sydney had a population of 4,119,190 with the highest percentage of people born overseas (31.7 per cent) of any of Australia’s capital cities. 2011 Census data will now show how the city has changed over the past five years.

Long since people filled out their Census forms on 9 August last year, the ABS has been hard at work turning Sydney’s 911,409 paper Census forms and 631,523 eCensus submissions into the data that will help shape New South Wales’ future over the next five years.

NSW Census Director, Mark Harding, said the ABS is encouraging everyone to make use of Australia’s richest source of statistical information.

“Census data is available free online and can be used for a wide range of purposes.
“It provides high level data on important topics such as populations, rents, mortgages, incomes, religion, languages, housing and more.

“Many people think Census data is just something used by Government, but it is also an invaluable tool used in many different ways by many different people,” Mr Harding said.

“Businesses, charities, religious and community groups, schools and individuals can all use Census data to help with their planning or just to get a better understanding of their community.

“The Census is the only truly national snapshot of Australia, shedding some light on who we are, and where and how we live,” he added.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing will be available on the ABS website from 11.30am on 21 June 2012. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census

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