24 August 2015The Census test allows the ABS to trial new systems and procedures, and ensure the Census is fast, easy and secure for everyone in Australia to complete.
10 August 2015Australia’s Census has gone digital – more than two thirds of Australia’s population are expected to complete the Census online on Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
29 June 2015More than 15 million people are expected to complete the Census online on Census night, August 2016.
To help us get ready, we’re asking select households to go online on Tuesday, 7 July 2015 to confirm their address.
2 June 2015An update on the content for the 2016 Census
21 May 2015Census systems unavailable from 7.00am to 9.00am on 24 May
20 February 2015A statement by Australian Statistician David Kalisch
22 December 2014Holiday Period Support for TableBuilder and DataPacks.
16 December 2014Population grid data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) uses 2011 Census data to provide a snapshot of Australia’s population density.
11 August 2014We would like to thank ABS data users for their participation in this survey. Your view will help improve the way we release data as we prepare for the 2016 Census Population and Housing and beyond.
22 July 2014In preparation for the 2016 Census, the ABS is conducting a field test in selected areas of South Australia and Western Australia. Instruction letters on how to participate and complete the Census test form are being distributed to residents in the test area now.
06 May 2014The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced the creation of 400 short-term jobs in regional Australia, to support a Census field test in the lead up to the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
07 April 2014All Census data for Community Profiles and QuickStats are now easier to access from their entry pages.
24 March 2014The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has announced the creation of over 430 short-term jobs in regional Australia, to support a Census field test in the lead up to the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
28 February 2014The Australian Bureau of Statistics, in partnership with Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, has officially launched The Census Experience Exhibition.
19 December 2013QuickStats for 2001 and 2006 can now be accessed in the same improved format as 2011 QuickStats. To access QuickStats data, simply select the Census year in the search box on the QuickStats entry page.
18 December 2013The first issue of the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) brings together data from the 2006 and 2011 Censuses to create a research tool for exploring how Australian society is changing over time.
13 December 2013The 2011 Census Sample Files are available as Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) of Census variables. Microdata: Census of Population and Housing, Census Sample File offers more detailed technical documentation.
11 December 2013The 2011 Census Sample Files will be released as Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) of Census variables from 12 December 2013.
22 November 2013We are pleased to announce that Community Profiles for 1996 and 2001, and QuickStats for 2001, will be available from 19 December 2013.
26 September 2013The information paper Census of Population and Housing: Submissions Report, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0.55.001) was released today.
23 September 2013 Some SEIFA 2011 variables have been included in TableBuilder Pro.
ERP DataPackThe Estimated Resident Population (ERP) DataPack is now available.
23 September 2013On Tuesday 24 September, the Estimated Resident Population DataPack will be released, and some SEIFA variables will be available in TableBuilder Pro.
20 September 2013
Census systems will be unavailable from 9am to 5pm on 28 September for system maintenance.
2 August 2013
Some jobs in TableBuilder are currently taking an unusually long time to run. We are investigating this issue and it will be rectified as soon as possible. We apologise for any inconvenience.
1 August 2013
The ABS has released Spotlight 2.0, a new version of the award winning Census Spotlight application, using the latest Census data available.
25 July 2013
2012 Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs) are now available as CSV files to load into TableBuilder.
17 July 2013
Run That Town was recently named the Favourite Website Awards (FWA) Mobile of the Day. With over 60,000 downloads and a four star rating, Run That Town is proving to be a big hit. On Friday, 12 July 2013 Run That Town won the FWA Mobile of the Day, which is an industry recognised internet award program.
20 June 2013
Saturday 22 JuneOutages may occur for QuickStats, Community Profiles, Advanced Search and TableBuilder from 9:30am to 10:30am due to system upgrades.
Monday 24 JuneMaintenance is occurring between 5:30am and 10:30am on Monday 24 June. TableBuilder, DataPacks and Registration may be affected.
Thank you for your patience.
6 June 2013
Geo-spatial mapping functionality will be unavailable for TableBuilder, QuickStats, Community Profiles and advanced search from 8:00am to 10:00am.
28 May 2013
The ABS has launched an interactive and innovative game, Run That Town, that promotes the release and application of Census data.
23 May 2013
Due to scheduled maintenance, TableBuilder, DataPacks and registration systems may be temporarily unavailable on the morning of 25 May.
20 May 2013
Don't miss your opportunity to have your say on the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. Submissions close Friday, 31 May 2013.
3 May 2013
Are you a Census data user? Is Census data essential to your work or studies? Do you use Census data at home?
We would like to invite you to complete a survey regarding your usage of the 2011 Census data.
3 May 2013
We are pleased to announce that the article 'Year 12 Achievement and Continuing Education' has been added to Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census (cat. no. 2071.0).
17 April 2013
We are pleased to announce that the article 'Where and how do Australia's Older People live?' has been added to Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census (cat. no. 2071.0).
4 April 2013
There is one final opportunity for interested parties to attend a public consultation between 2:00 - 3:30 pm AEST on Friday, 12 April 2013. The ABS has organised a webinar in Canberra City (please contact 2016Census@abs.gov.au if you wish to register). For those who are interstate will be able to view the presentation live online.
28 March 2013
We are pleased to announce the release of Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) today. In addition, QuickStats, TableBuilder and DataPacks (BCP, IP and PEP) are supplemented with data at the Remoteness Area geography level.
22 March 2013
In preparation for the third release of 2011 Census data on 28 March, TableBuilder, DataPacks and ABS Registration will be unavailable between 8 am and noon on 28 March.
8 March 2013
System maintenance will occur on Saturday 9 March. TableBuilder, DataPacks and ABS Registration will be unavailable between 8:30am and 9:30am. Thank you for your patience.
28 February 2013
We are pleased to announce the release of QuickStats Country of Birth today.
22 February 2013
TableBuilder, DataPacks and ABS Registration will be unavailable on Saturday 23rd February from 8:00am to 10:00am
24 January 2013
The public consultation process which began in November 2012 is your opportunity to take part in shaping the 2016 Census. Submissions close in May 2013.
2 January 2013
Normal services for Census products resume today. 2012 saw a successful early release of first and second release data from the 2011 Census. The next release, in March 2013, will include SEIFA and Remoteness Area data.
19 December 2012
The ABS will be closed from midday on 24 December 2012 to 1 January 2013 inclusive. The level of support for Census products may be reduced during this period.
11 December 2012
We are pleased to announce that 2011 Mesh block counts for usual resident population and dwellings are available ahead of schedule. You can download these as Excel or CSV files. For more information go to the Mesh Block Counts page.
29 November 2012
Mesh Block Counts for usual resident population and dwellings will be available for download early, on 11 December 2012. Third release data will also be released into TableBuilder early, on 28 March 2013.
20 November 2012
We are pleased to announce that the TableBuilder Pro database 'Counting Employed Persons, Place of Work' has been expanded to include Place of Enumeration classification, and that Destination Zone geographic areas are now available in TableBuilder Pro.
Community Profiles have been updated to include the Working Population Profile. DataPacks online and DataPack DVDs are now available with second release data for Place of Enumeration, Expanded Community and Working Population profiles.
14 November 2012
TableBuilder Pro, Community Profiles, DataPacks online and DataPack DVDs will be updated on 20 November, incorporating Working Population Profile, Expanded Community Profile and Place of Enumeration Profile data.
TableBuilder Pro will also be updated, with Destination Zone geographic areas and an expanded Place of Work database.
In preparation for these updates, TableBuilder and DataPacks Online will be unavailable from 9.30 am to 11.30 am on 20 November.
13 November 2012
The ABS Registration centre now allows you to register for any ABS product, from a single location in the ABS website.
12 November 2012
From 13 November, we are expanding the Registration centre to allow you to register for any ABS product, from a single location in the ABS website. In preparation for this change, TableBuilder, DataPacks Online and the Registration centre will be unavailable from 9.00 am to 11.30 am on Tuesday 13 November.
6 November 2012
The ABS today released a publication proposing directions for Australia's 17th national Census, to be held in 2016.
The publication 2016 Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on content and procedures (cat. no. 2007.0) outlines initial ABS views on topics and procedures for the 2016 Census. There is now an opportunity for the public to take part in shaping the 2016 Census.
30 October 2012
Today marks the second release of data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.
Data on education, employment and internal migration are now available through various 2011 Census products. Data are also now available by Significant Urban Area and by Section of State/Urban Centre and Localities Structure.
23 October 2012
We are pleased to announce that second release data from the 2011 Census will be available in TableBuilder (both Basic and Pro) to registered users from 11.30 am on 30 October.
In preparation for this release, TableBuilder will be unavailable from 9.00 am to 11.30 am on 30 October.
19 October 2012
Planning for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing is underway, and the ABS invites you to have your say. Read on to find out all the important information you need to know to participate.
25 September 2012
We are pleased to announce that select products with 2011 Census data will be available ahead of schedule. TableBuilder (Basic and Pro) and Community profiles, for Place of Enumeration and Expanded, will be available 30 October 2012. DataPacks online for Place of Enumeration, Expanded and Working population profiles will be available 20 November 2012.
17 September 2012
DataPacks and the Registration system will be unavailable from 11.30 am to 2.00 pm on Friday 21 September due to updates to the X32 'sequential' DataPack files.
7 September 2012
Registration, DataPacks and TableBuilder will be unavailable from 9 am to 12 noon on Saturday 8 September while the registration system is being upgraded.
3 September 2012
Place of Enumeration Profile and Expanded Community Profile DataPacks are now available for registered users to download..
29 August 2012
In preparation for the release of the Place of Enumeration and Expanded Community DataPacks, DataPacks Online will be unavailable from 9-11:30 a.m. on 3 September.
21 August 2012
First release data from the 2011 Census is available in TableBuilder Basic today to registered users. Place of Enumeration Profile and Expanded Community Profile DataPacks are now available on DVD.
15 August 2012
TableBuilder Basic containing first release data from 2011 will be released on 21 August. In preparation for the release, TableBuilder will be unavailable from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on 21 August.
7 August 2012
First release data from the 2011 Census is available in TableBuilder Pro today to registered users.
2 August 2012
TableBuilder Pro will contain 2011 Census data on 7 August. In preparation for the release, TableBuilder will be unavailable from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on 7 August. When you log in to 2011 TableBuilder Pro after 11:30 a.m. the first release variables from the 2011 Census will be available for you to generate in any tables you have prepared.
2 July 2012
An article on same-sex couples has been released, following high levels of interest since 2011 Census data was released on 21 June. The article covers age patterns, family structures, geographic location, cultural diversity and religion.
27 June 2012
Data from the 2011 Census are available now, including the Place of Enumeration Community Profile and Expanded Community Profile.
21 June 2012
Today marks the first release of data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.
Core demographic data are available through our online Census products such as QuickStats and Community Profiles.
18 May 2012
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will set the night alight and bring Census data to life during Vivid Sydney, 25 May – 11 June 2012.
7 May 2012
You are now able to access 2011 shell databases for TableBuilder. These do not contain data but will allow you to prepare for the release of 2011 Census data as soon as they become available.
30 April 2012
DataPacks will be available on DVDs from 21 June 2012 and can be pre-ordered now. DVDs will be mailed to you or can be collected from your ABS state or territory office.
16 April 2012
We’re looking to profile a number of everyday Australians and show the different ways they have used Census data or how Census data have benefitted them or their community.
8 March 2012
In order to help you prepare for your receipt and use of 2011 Census information, the ABS is making available its Advance Order Service for customised tables.
22 December 2011
Find everything you need to know about our 2011 Census product suite, data release timetable and pricing information.
27 October 2011
Ever wondered what happens to your Census form after it has been collected?
28 September 2011
Available articles focus on 100 years of the Census. A series of articles highlighting aspects of Australian society will be available from June 2012.
23 May 2011
Contains details of classifications used in the 2011 Census, along with definitions of Census concepts and terms.
28 April 2011
Describes the history of the Census and the steps taken in 2011. Also details the way a Census is conducted and how the results are processed.
22 February 2011
Find out about our new geography standard and how the changes may affect you.
29 July 2010
Preview our proposed 2011 Census product suite. Includes major product updates, our data release timetable and new variables.