In an amazing national effort, Australia conducts its Census of Population and Housing on one night. On this night – known as Census Night - all persons and dwellings in Australia and the external Territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) islands are counted, with a few exceptions, eg, diplomats, their families and diplomatic dwellings, and visitors from overseas who are not required to undergo migration formalities, such as foreign crews on ships. Following the 1961 Census, Australia has had a census taken every five years. In addition to counts of population and dwellings, the Census also collects very detailed demographic, social, and economic information.
We are delighted to announce that the results of the most recent Census, undertaken in 2016, are now available in Data Planet!
This large database adds granular statistics on the nation, as well as for states, territories, Statistical Area (SA) Levels 1-4, and additional subnational geographies. In making the Census data available, we have also incorporated capabilities for mapping of Australian subnational geographies. For example, the heat map below compares SA4s in Victoria by counts of persons who use both a train and bus to get to work. SA4s are specifically designed for the output of Labour Force Survey data to reflect labor markets within each state and territory. According to the ASGS, most SA4s have a population above 100,000 persons. (For more detail on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard framework, visit here. )
For more information and examples of the Australian Census data available in Data Planet, click here.