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Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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  1. Carolyn says:

    I am trying to update a paper I wrote in 2007 where I stated according to the 2006 census, the Australian Population consisted of 8.1% as “Asian Australians” and 85 % were of european descent. Can you advise me of the updated figures from the 2011 census ?

  2. This is going to depend a bit on your definitions. You can see in our Australia profile (http://profile.id.com.au/australia) the numbers of people in each ancestry category. This more fine detailed than “Asian” and “European”, and you need to decide which categories go where. There were also 33% of our population who nominated “Australian” as their ancestry. We know that many Aboriginal people mark this category, so you can’t regard this as European in total. Also for “Asian”, do you count the Middle East, south and Central Asia? All part of the Asian continent, but not always regarded as “Asian”.

    Also remember that people may nominate 2 ancestries so there are many people who will appear in both or neither category.

    So, while it would be possible to derive a figure for this, there need to be a lot of assumptions spelled out before we can arrive at it. Ancestry is quite an ambiguous question in the Census, and there is also an element of subjectivity to it.

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