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Community Profiles are excellent tools for researching, planning and analysing geographic areas for a number of social, economic and demographic characteristics.

A Community Profile provides a comprehensive statistical picture of an area in Excel format, providing data relating to people, families and dwellings. They cover most topics on the Census form.

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. For further information, go to the Census of Population and Housing - QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPack User Guide, Australia (cat no. 2916.0)

Types of profiles

There are three profiles in the 2016 Census Community Profiles series:

  1. General Community Profile

    The General Community Profile is new for the 2016 Census. It replaces the 2011 Basic and Expanded Community Profiles and has been created by merging components of both these profiles.

    It contains a series of tables showing the characteristics of persons, families and dwellings in a selected geographic area. These tables are available for a wide variety of geographic regions, ranging from national and state level down to Statistical Area Level 2.

    The data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census night).

  2. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Profile

    These tables show Census characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples; persons, families and dwellings. Some tables include comparisons with non-Indigenous people.

    The data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census night).

  3. Time Series Profile

    The Time Series Profile presents data from three Censuses, based on the geographical boundaries for the most recent of the three, allowing meaningful comparisons to be made. Comparing data from different Time Series Profiles is not valid, because geographical boundaries are subject to change between Censuses..

    The 2016 Time Series Profile compares data from the 2006, 2011 and 2016 Censuses where the data classifications are comparable. If a data classification has been revised between Censuses, data will be output on the classification that has been used in the 2016 Census. Footnotes explain the correspondence between the data classifications of previous Censuses and the 2016 classification.

    The data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census Night).

Changes to Community Profiles

2016 Community Profiles will no longer be available for Statistical Area Level 1, however this information will be available in TableBuilder.

The 2016 Time Series Profile data is based on place of usual residence (that is, where people usually live, rather than where they were counted on Census night). In 2011, the Time Series Profile data were based on place of enumeration (that is, where people are counted on Census night, rather than where they 'usually' live or their 'usual address').

The 2006 data in the 2016 Time Series Profile was updated in August 2017 to use a 2006 Collection District allocation to 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) output areas made on a population distribution basis. The initial release used an approximate area based geographic allocation.

The 2016 Time Series Profile has been updated to use the new methodology to calculate the average number of persons per bedroom in table T02. For more information, refer to Understanding the Census and Census data

For the 2016 Census, what were the former Community Profiles relating to Place of Enumeration and Working Population data are only available through DataPacks.

Tutorial - How to use Community Profiles

Need more information?

Use the advanced search option to search by year, address or using the hierarchical geography list. The hierarchy is divided into different categories to make searching easier. The mapping tool allows you to navigate, view and select areas on a map of Australia (with marked Australian Statistical Geography Standard geography boundaries for the relevant Census year). Once you have chosen an area, a link to QuickStats and Community Profiles will be provided.

Need support? Access the QuickStats, Community Profiles and DataPacks user guide, Australia (Cat no. 2916.0).

To access the Community Profiles shell templates view the Community Profile, DataPack and TableBuilder Templates publication (cat no. 2079.0).

To view the full list of release dates, the list of classifications and the different geographies available for Community Profiles, see the Census of Population and Housing - Products and Services, 2016 (Cat no. 2011.0.55.001)

Want to know more about the classification structures? Refer to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (cat. no. 1270.0.55.001)

Glossary terms and definitions of classifications can be found in the 2016 Census Dictionary.