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Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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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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