What do we know about how Australia is changing?

by Michael Elith
2017 is an exciting year for demographers and geo location experts. The 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics census dataset will be released, taking the place of the last nationwide survey from 2011.
The first round of 2016 Census information has already been released on the 11th of April this year. This initial release of data provided a basic overview of the ‘typical’ Australian and a few personas for each state.
What we know so far is that the ‘typical’ Australian is now a 38-year-old female living with her husband and two children in a three-bedroom mortgaged home. A full view of these profiles can be found on the ABS website.
At Data Hatch we are more exited by the next few releases of the data and what can then be deduced from knowing how the country has changed since 2011. Things such as the Australia population growth, employment changes and subsequent earnings, transportation preferences and family blending.

The new datasets will also include the reclassification of statistical areas and provide a true picture of how Australia has transformed over the past 5 years. These new statistical areas are vital to anyone currently using a geo-demographic based product such as Roy Morgan Helix Personas or Geo Tribes.

The 2016 Census Release Schedule is coming soon”

Data Hatch will be making sure to dive in and explore the data as soon as its released and will share any valuable insights in future posts.

Keep and eye out for updates on Census release dates

So here are some important dates to put in your diary:

  • 27th June 2017

The first stage of data will be released covering a wide range of census topics and presented for almost all geographies for place of enumeration and place of usual residence. This comprehensive dataset will include national, state/territory and capital city data for selected key person, family and dwelling characteristics, including age, sex, religion, language and income.

  • July 2017

The first stage of data will be available in TableBuilder and Datapacks which will also include Meshblock counts.

  • 17th October 2017

The second and final stage of data for all geographies will be released. These data sets are a bit more complex in nature and will include topics regarding employment, qualifications, and population mobility.


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