2016 Census Release Schedule

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has confirmed the release and topic schedule for data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

The 'typical' Australian

The first round of 2016 Census information will be released on Tuesday, 11 April, providing a preview of 2016 results and giving insight into what makes the ‘typical’ Australian in 2016 at the National and State and Territory level.

Following this, the results of the Census held on 9 August 2016 will be released in 2017 in two main stages.

June data release - 27 June 2017

The main data release starts on 27 June 2017 and will provide Community level Census data for a wide range of topics, including information on small population groups and for small geographic areas such as Suburbs and Local Government Areas.  QuickStats and Community Profile tables provide quick and easy access to Census data for large and small geographic areas.

For more complex queries, TableBuilder will be released on 4 July 2017 to allow people to build their own complex tables that can cross-classify many different variables at the same time, across a range of geographic areas.  DataPacks will be released on 12 July 2017 and will contain data for all geographies in Australia. They provide comprehensive data files and associated Geographic Information System (GIS) boundary files in a format suitable for loading into proprietary software and/or custom-built systems.

October data release - October 2017

Employment, qualifications and population mobility (transport and previous address) results will be available from October 2017. This type of information needs extra time to process because of its complexity. This data will be released through further additions to Quickstats, Community Profiles, TableBuilder and DataPacks.

Other Census-related data releases - 2018 onwards

An additional wave of Census-related data will be released from 2018 onwards, adding further value to the main data releases in 2017.

The release of Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) in 2018 will provide information about the relative social and economic wellbeing of the people living in a region. SEIFA is a set of four indexes which rank geographical areas across Australia according to an average of all people living in that area. It can be used to identify where the wealthy live, where the disadvantaged live and where those who are highly educated live.

2016 Census Data Seminars

Seminars will be held across Australia from late June 2017 to provide an overview of data from the 2016 Census.  Dates and venues will be confirmed in coming months but interest in attending can be registered now at the ABS website.