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The first search tool, Search QuickStats allows you to select the Census year you want data for. Use the drop down menu to select data for the following years: 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001 as shown below. At the State/Territory and national level, data is compared with the previous year e.g. data from 2016 is compared with 2011 data.
Note: The Search QuickStats tool also includes a link to Advanced search, Advanced search allows users to search for a location or geographical area of interest using additional tools including text search, address search and search by map.
Search Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples QuickStats
The second search tool, Search Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples QuickStats, enables you to search an area using some of the same geographies available in the Search QuickStats tool, offering Census data about Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples and households.
Note: If wanting to complete a geography search on Indigenous Structures: Indigenous Regions (IREG), Indigenous Areas (IARE), or Indigenous Locations (ILOC) use Search QuickStats instead.
For more detail on which geographies will be available, view the QuickStats geography table.
Search Country of Birth QuickStats
The third search tool, Search Country of Birth QuickStats allows you to select the Census year you want data for, based on the top 53 countries of birth. This search offers access to summary population characteristics based on a persons stated country of birth. 2011 data will be the only option available until 2016 Census data in released in October 2017.
How do I use the QuickStats Search?
Typing a location or geographical area of interest in the search field within the Search QuickStats or Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples QuickStats tool, will result in a list of the available geographic areas that have QuickStats. A predictive list of search items begins to display after typing the first three characters and will be continually refined as subsequent letters are typed.
After a correct location has been chosen, clicking the go button will open the QuickStats page.
In the example below, Victoria was chosen:
If you want to understand the different levels of geographies available view the QuickStats geography table.
*Note: Small random adjustments have been made to all cell values to protect the confidentiality of data. These adjustments may cause the sum of rows or columns to differ by small amounts from table totals. To understand why the ABS has taken this approach, read Confidentiality and protecting your data.
Countries of Birth
When using Search Countries of Birth QuickStats tool, you will need to enter in the name of a country rather than a geography area. Data is available for the following 53 countries:
Note: Not all countries are represented in QuickStats Country of Birth, only the top 53 countries containing high population counts are available. This list will be updated and likely to expand with the availability of 2016 Census data.
While all of these countries are available for selection, some may be invalid when combined with certain areas. Such combinations will be greyed-out and will not be selectable. Data is available for 2011, and 2016 data will be released in October 2017.
Country of Birth QuickStats definitions
Family/Household Reference Person
Family and household tables in QuickStats Country of Birth relate to a specific Reference Person. This Reference Person is determined by Person 1 on the Census form, and is the main determining factor of the family relationships within the household.
QuickStats Country of Birth features data related to migrant dwellings – that is, those dwellings that include at least one individual who was born overseas. This means that the migrant dwelling count captures all dwellings where any individual within that dwelling was born overseas, not just dwellings where a parent was born in a particular country.
In general terms, a 'dwelling' is a structure which has people living in it. For QuickStats we count occupied private dwellings (where at least one person was present on Census Night) – that is, those where families and relationships can be captured or counted. Non-private dwellings such as hotels, motels, hospitals etc. are excluded.
'Household' indicates whether there is a family within a dwelling by using a household composition classification, as defined by the ABS. It includes categories such as 'one family household', 'multiple family households', 'group household', and 'lone person household'.
Definition of columns within Country of Birth tables
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