Release of census data

The data from the 1976 Census are being released in statistical publications, on microfiche and on magnetic tape. A number of other releases are being published which explain the outputs available and some of the more difficult characteristics. In addition, a number of technical papers are being released with the magnetic tape files to explain their use.

Statistical publications

The statistical publications are the major bookshelf reference material containing census results and are ideal for quick and frequent reference.

Statistical publications released from the 1976 Census are:

    Characteristics of Population in Local Government Areas (Preliminary)
    This publication shows, for each State and Territory, age, sex, marital status and birthplace of population by LGA, Statistical Division, Subdivision and District.

    Population and Dwellings in Local Government Areas and Urban Centres (Preliminary)
    This publication shows, for each State and Territory, population by sex and number of occupied and unoccupied dwellings in each LGA and principal urban centres.

    Bulletin 1: Population and Dwellings: Summary Tables (2409..0-2417.0)
    This bulletin contains 62 tables at the State or Section of State levels. It summarises most 1976 Census population and dwelling topics, covered in greater detail in Bulletins 2 and 3, and is comparable with 1971 Census Bulletins 1 and 2.

    Bulletin 2:Population and Dwellings: Cross Classified Tables (2418.0-2426.0)
    This bulletin contains 79 tables all at the State geographic level. Five major population topics are covered in detail: demographic, birthplace, labour force, income and family characteristics. The first three topics are comparable to 1971 Census Bulletins 3, 4 and 5. Income and family characteristics were not published in 1971.

    Bulletin 3: Characteristics of the Population and Dwellings in Local Government Areas (2427.0-2434.0)
    This bulletin contains 49 tabulations for each Local Government Area within each State. There are 33 tables of population characteristics and 16 tables of dwelling characteristics. Generally they contain the same information, by Local Government Area, that Bulletin 1 contains for States or Sections of States. Bulletin 3 is comparable to the 1971 Census Bulletin 7.

    More detailed information on the characteristics contained in each of these publications can be obtained from Information Paper No. 4 Release of Census Publications (2107.0).

Microfiche

Data from the 1976 Census is available on approximately 2,000 microfiche.

Statistics on microfiche include:

    (a) small area summary tables and counts for most geographic areas from CD's up to Australia level and

    (b) cross-classified tables giving more detailed statistics on characteristics of persons and dwellings at broader geographic levels.

Further information on the range of microfiche available, and individual table characteristics can be found in Information Paper No. 3 Release of Data on Microfiche (2106.0) and the Catalogue of 1976 Census Tables (Final) (2103.0).

Magnetic tape files

Census files contain large quantities of summary statistics, some of which are also available on microfiche or in statistical publications.

The 1976 Census magnetic tape files are:

(a)Local Government Area Descriptor File;

(b) Collection District Master File;

(c) Collection District Summary File;

(d) Local Government Area Summary File;

(e) Collection District Basic Summary File (Preliminary);

(f) Aboriginal Collection District Summary File;

(g) Local Government Area Summary Files One (De Facto);

(h) Local Government Area Summary Files (De Facto) Occupation, Industry, Qualifications;

(i) Federal Electoral Division Summary File; and

(j) A number of detailed tables on magnetic tape, prefixed MTX.

Local Government Area Descriptor File (LGADF)

This file presents coded descriptions of geographic indicatives for every Local Government Area in Australia..

Collection District Master File (CDMF)

The CDMF is used to facilitate linkage to previous Census data and for tabulation, field control, processing control and general research purposes. It contains counts of dwellings and persons, area and geographic codes for every CD in Australia.

Collection District Summary File (CDSF)

The CDSF presents summary characteristics of persons and their dwellings for every CD in Australia.

Local Government Area Summary File (LGASF)

The LGASF contains the same summary tables as the CDSF, describing the characteristics of persons and their dwellings for every LGA in Australia.

Collection District Basic Summary Files (Preliminary)(CDPSF)

These files present summary characteristics derived from the preliminary processing phase (that is, based on the total population), of persons and dwellings for every Collection District in Australia.

Aboriginal Collection District Summary File (ADSF)

These files present summary characteristics of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders and the dwellings in which they live, for every Collection District where there are at least 10 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people and 4 or more dwellings where an Aborigine or Torres Strait Islander was present on Census night.

Local Government Area Summary Files One (De Facto) (DEF1)

These files present summary characteristics for persons and dwellings (other than occupation, industry and qualifications) for every Local Government Area in Australia.

Local Government Area Summary Files (De Facto) Occupation, Industry, Qualifications (DEF2)

These files contain the full classification for occupation, industry and qualifications for each Local Government Area in NSW and Victoria. Tables for other States are not available.

Federal Electoral Division Summary File (FED)

This file presents summary characteristics of persons and dwellings for every Federal Electoral Division in Australia.

Detailed tables on magnetic tape

A large number of tables released to satisfy specific demands for detailed data which can be manipulated by computer.

Other information papers

The Catalogue of 1976 Census Tables (Final) (2103.0) lists summary tables, cross-classified tables, statistical publication tables and detailed tables on magnetic tape and microfiche.

Other census publications are listed below. Note that none of these contain statistics.

Information Paper No. 9 (I) Classification of Characteristics (2112.0)
Information Paper No. 9 (iI) Industry Classification Extract (2113.0
Information Paper No. 9 (iii) Occupation Classification Extract (2114.0
Information Paper No. 9 (iv) Classification of Educational Qualifications (2115.0
Information Paper No. 12 Child Minding (2117.0)
Information Paper No. 13 Dwellings (2125.0
Information Paper No. 14 Family (2119.0
Information Paper No. 15 Income (2120.0
Information Paper No. 16 Internal Migration (2123.0)
Information Paper No. 19 Racial Origin (2124.0
Information Paper No. 20 Local Government Area Code List (2118.0

 

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