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Statistics - Australian: Census Data

Statistics and Census Data Australia and selected International and country sources

Making Sense of the Census

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The 2016 Census

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The most recent Census of Population and Housing was conducted on 9 August 2016. This was Australia's seventeenth national Census, adding to over 100 years of national Census taking in Australia. The results of the 2016 Census is available through a wide range of products and services designed to make it easy for users to access the data they need. Most data from the 2016 Census is free of charge and available from the ABS Website.

The next Australian Census will be in 2021

ABS Online Training Tutorials

ABS Census Data (Historical)

History of the Census in Australia

History of the Australian Census of Population and Housing
This article looks at the past 100 years of Australian Census history, from the first Commonwealth Census held in 1911.

Colonial musters and censuses
This article traces the early history of censuses in Australia, from 1788 to 1901.

One hundred years of working on the Census
This article focuses on the history of Census collectors and other Census workers.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Census of Population and Housing after the 1967 Referendum
This article provides a brief overview of some of the changes in the way Census data about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been collected.

Citing ABS Sources


"Citing, or referencing, is important for several reasons, including acknowledging that one has used the ideas, words or data of others. Accurately citing sources used also allows others to find and use the original information" (ABS,2010)

ABS Geography

Geography Portal on the ABS Website Did you know that the most common locality name in Australia is Springfield? Find out this and more about ABS statistical geography via this new section of the ABS website!

Australian Statistical Geography Standard Informtion about ASGS the statistical geography that  replaced the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) in July 2011 and used in for the first time in the 2011 census is available from the ABS website.

Australian Data Archive - for historical census data

The Australian Data Archive (ADA)

The Australian Data Archive (ADA) is a consortium of leading national Australian universities, managed by the Australian National University. 

ADA was established at the ANU in1981 to provide a national service for the collection and preservation of computer readable data relating to social,political and economic affairs and to make these data available for further analysis.

ADA provides access to ABS data tables from the 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986 and 1991 censuses for registered users. User guides are available on the ADA website.

Data is freely available for registered users. Current staff and students from the University of Sydney may register with ADA in order to view and download data for analysis.

To access the archives and register, go to the ADA website

Researchers use NESSTAR to analyse the data.