What’s new for Census 2021

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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6 Responses

  1. Phil Smith says:

    Thanks Glenn – newsy and helpful as usual. Why have they dropped the question about internet access? It is critical for seniors and disadvantaged members in our community?

    • Thanks for the comment Phil – yes, we are disappointed about this one as well. It’s a major indicator of disadvantage. They say this info is available elsewhere, but it’s not crosstabbed with demographic characteristics, which is the true value of including it in the Census. The main reason I think is that most people have smartphones these days and internet access is a part of that – so it’s hard to ask the question now to get a reasonable answer about dwelling internet access. In our “always on” world connection seems to be the norm. So I think the internet question has gone the way of old questions about having a television or telephone at home.

  2. We are pleased to be working with the ABS on Census stories to help people understand the importance of the Census and need to fill it out accurately. You can read our story and others here https://www.abs.gov.au/census/census-media-hub/news/census-stories

    • Chiu-San Chen says:

      This blog is fantastic Glenn. From how Census is collected to how COVID restrictions will impact Census data. Hope to hear your thoughts on the new ASGS and anything else Census related.

  3. Chiu-San Chen says:

    This is fantastic Glenn! From the changes to collecting Census to how COVID restrictions will impact Census data – I wonder whether there will be ABS adjustments and calibrations due to these impacts. And look forward to hearing your thoughts on the new ASGS as well.

    • Thanks! I’ve had a look at the new ASGS, and the ABS seem to have been mostly true to their word – they are just splitting areas and not doing boundary adjustments for the most part, with SA1s and SA2s both split to form smaller areas in 2021. The ASGS is fairly well embedded, and they’ve made some positive changes in the naming conventions as well, dropping the confusing “region” nomenclature, in favour of “surrounds” showing that a large town is not within the SA2 which relates to its hinterland for example.

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