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These activities have been developed to help students, including those from non-English speaking backgrounds, to understand the processes and importance of completing the Census of Population and Housing.




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Australian Demographics

C2011_1.1Australian Demographics - 1988 and NowStudents compare the demography of Australia in 1988 with that of today. They compile a set of images that would appropriately illustrate the range of people who now live in Australia.

C2011_1.2Australian Demographics- Healthcare AdStudents design an ad using Census 2006 data to attribute sex, gender and age to 10 people in the advertisement.

Indigenous History

C2011_3.11988 and NowStudents study coloured images from the 1988 Australian Bureau of
Statistics, Year Book Australia, and create their own page of images that could go into this year’s Year Book Australia.

C2011_3.2History of Indigenous Australians and CensusStudents read and analyse historical extracts from Western Australia that give snap shots of the changing approaches of the Australian Government towards Indigenous Australians. Visually impaired lesson available.



C2011_3.3Indigenous Australians and Census Timeline Students cut out historical scrolls containing information about the Census and Indigenous Australians and glue onto a timeline. Students will need to use the historical extracts from Western Australian Censuses in C2011_3.2 to help.

C2011_3.4Graphing Indigenous Australian PopulationStudents graph the estimates of Indigenous Australian population versus time and analyse their results.

General Activities

C2011_3.5Why Should I Be Involved In Census?Students use flow charts to understand the causes and effects of Census on a National, State, Community and Personal level.

C2011_4.1Census OrigamiStudents use a strip of paper to fold it into the shape of the Census 2011 logo.

C2011_4.2Census Wordfind36 words about Census are hidden in a word grid.

C2011_4.3Census Cloze ActivityStudents insert words into several paragraphs describing Census processes.

C2011_4.4Who Is Counted In Census?In this activity, students learn about who is counted in a Census and then draw 4 people who would fit into these categories.

C2011_4.5Cycling Through CensusBy using cutting and pasting, students learn about the various phases of the Census process.

C2011_5.1Census Picture FramesStudents consider the changing needs of their family over a 10 year period (three Census counts). They use picture frames to draw their three snapshots of their family and consider how information collected by the Census could be used to provide necessary facilities and services.

C2011_5.2Census bagStudents follow co-ordinates to make a line graph of the words CENSUS 2011. They then use their result as the logo on a census collector's bag.


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C2011_6.1Primary Quick StatsStudents use Quick Stats to locate 2006 data for their area. They compare percentage values of their area with Australia. They use bar charts to illustrate these and write a newspaper article that discusses in what ways the data are important for the future needs of their area.
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C2011_6.2Primary Quick StatsStudents use Quick Stats to locate 2006 data for their area. They compare percentage values of their area with Australia. They use bar charts to illustrate these and write a newspaper article that discusses in what ways the data are important for the future needs of their area.
Student worksheet:


Teacher Solutions:

C2011_7.1Frequently Asked QuestionsStudents discuss the purpose and importance of the Census of Housing and Population and match frequently asked questions to answers.
There are three versions of this activity: beginners, intermediate and advanced.
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