Gazing into the Census crystal ball – What will the results reveal about Australia?

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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9 Responses

  1. Andrew says:

    I always love your articles Glenn. Always useful and usable information.

  2. Colin Mackay says:

    Hi Glenn,

    Great article, just a quick observation. People who select no religion do not belong as a subset of the category of religion, in the same way that people who do not support an AFL team do not belong to as a subset of AFL supporters.



  3. Anton says:

    Always great work Glenn. Look forward with anticipation for the latest results to be published.

    I wonder how many new localities have been added since the last census? Very glad to see my WA location, City of Vincent now signed up.

  4. George says:

    Only a few more months until we can test some of these predictions.

    .id is considerably more useful to me than any supplied by the ABS (though they are obviously the origin of most of your data). Your data is open, easy to find and use, packaged in useful products and timely.

    • Thanks, we try to be as open and accessible as possible! The ABS do a great job of collecting the data, but sometimes presenting it isn’t their strong suit. Looking forward to the new Census data!

  5. Carlos Eduardo says:

    And what about Buddhism numbers in the Census?

    • Good question – Buddhism is a little harder to predict – it’s linked to Chinese and SE Asian migration, but a large proportion of chinese are also “No Religion”, so it doesn’t have as big an impact as migration from Islamic or Hindu countries. In 2011, Buddhists made up 2.5% of the population, larger than Islam or Hinduism and I’d expect that to increase to maybe 2.8%, still slightly larger than both.

  1. March 2, 2017

    […] Census watchers, meanwhile, predict that despite the growth in the number of Australians nominating Islam as their religion (from 2.2 per cent to 2.6 per cent of the population), Hinduism will overtake it (2.7 per cent). […]

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