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Statistics and Datasets: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

A guide on who collects statistics and datasets and where to find statistics and datasets

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Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is the government agency responsible for the collection of statistics in Australia. They collect, collate and report on data from the Census of Population and Housing, from surveys, and from other government agencies.

The ABS collects and makes available statistics covering the economy, people, health, environment & energy, regions and industry.

Australian Census

The Census of Population and Housing is conducted every 5 years by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It collects basic demographic and socio-economic data on Australia. It is used by all levels of government, communities and private institutions when planning infrastructure, community services and facilities.

Besides counting every individual in Australia, the Census provides data on the age and sex structure of the population, birthplace, religion, educational attainment, marital status, family type, income distribution, the labour force, type and size of dwellings, price/rental of dwellings and nature of occupancy.

Historical Census data

Some historical Census data may be available online through the ABS website: