The 2016 Census
Held every 5 years, the ABS Census is a compulsory survey that counts close to 10 million households and approximately 24 million people. Census questions range from marriage status, family size and occupation, to languages spoken, country of birth and ancestry. The most recent Census was conducted in August 2016. The data is based on geography and is used to inform government policies and planning.
Search the Census QuickStats for a summary; or Community Profiles for more detailed excel tables for your chosen geographic area. There are a range of different geographies to choose from for a given area.
QuickStats makes high level, at a glance Census data available for most areas, from small areas to state, territory and Australia level.
Search Country of Birth QuickStats - enter country of birth
If you wish to find Quickstats by typing in a street address or searching on a map, use the Advanced Search function.
Community Profiles provide detailed excel tables of Census data for your chosen geographic area that you can download from the ABS website.
Search Community Profiles on the Australian Bureau of Statistics site:
TableBuilder is an online statistical research tool that allow you to create your own tables, charts, graphs and maps from Australian Census Data.
TableBuilder allows you to:
Guest Access: TableBuilder
Register for full Access: TableBuilder Registration Form
Login page for full Access: TableBuilder Basic & Pro
About ABS.Stat "ABS.Stat Beta is an interactive free online tool that presents data in a searchable, flexible and dynamic way". It allows you to search and discover ABS statistics. Query, view and download data metadata provided for datasets; export data in a range of formats including Excel and CSV as well as SDMX.
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.
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.
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.