Our first Census update is live!

Our first Census update is live!

Stop the clock!

Just ten days after the 2016 Census data landed in our building, we’ve released the first update to your community profile tool!

If your council is a subscriber, you can see a brand new population summary for your primary area right away. But before you run away, be sure to read the important information about this update below!

First-time user?

Welcome! There is a world of powerful insights waiting for you. Visit our subscriber directory to find the community profile for your area.

Not subscribed?

If you can’t find the community profile for your area, get in touch with our team here.

Important information about this update

We’re updating our resources with data from the 2016 Census in increments so you can view the most popular topics sooner. As this is our first release, please note the important information below.

This update is for Primary Areas only

As we’re still working through the process of aligning the Census data to the small areas that make up your community, the data in this update is for Primary Areas.

What does that mean?

If you’re a local council, you can see the population of your entire council area, but not the population of the individual suburbs (that’s coming soon!). If you’re a Regional Development Authority or Regional Organisation of Councils, you will have the population for your entire RDA or ROC, but not for the individual areas within.

Granular, small area data is very powerful, but it takes some time to get it right. You can read more about what we’re doing behind the scenes to ensure your small areas are comparable from one Census period to another.

Topics updated in this release

As voted by you, the first topics we have updated (at a Local Government Area geography) are

  • Population
    • 2016 population summary
  • How old are we?
    • Five year age groups
  • How do we live?
    • Households summary
    • Households with children
    • Households without children

How do I tell which topics have been updated?

Look for the green!

We’ve used green dots and badges with ‘New’, ‘2016’ or ‘2016 Census’ to denote those topics which have been updated.


In tables that compare data between Census periods (such as the one below), the new 2016 Census figures are shaded green.


Next up…

Our next release will be a big one! We’re currently working on updating data to tell us more about who we are and what we do;

  • Who are we?
    • Ethnicity
      • Birthplace
      • Proficiency in English
      • Language spoken at home
      • Religion
    • Education
      • Highest level of schooling
  • What do we do?
    • Income
      • Household income
      • Individual income

Subscribe to updates here and you’ll be the first to know each time updates are released!


We want you to feel confident using these updates to understand the story of your changing community.

If you’re still not sure about any of our updates, leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to clarify.

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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