27 June 2017

2016 Census sheds new light on Corangamite

Today the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the first results from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, with the high quality data-set revealing how Corangamite has grown and developed over time.

Census data is used by individuals, businesses and governments at all levels to make important decisions and the data from the 2016 Census can be used with confidence.

The 2016 Census revealed the number of Australians has increased from 21,507,719 in 2011 to 23,401,892 in 2016, an increase of 8.8 per cent over five years. This has helped update Australia’s Estimated Resident Population which has grown to 24.4m people as at 31 December 2016.

The final dwelling response rate was 95.1 per cent which as noted by the Independent Assurance Panel, is of comparable quality to the 2011 and 2006 Census data and international benchmarks.

The data released today includes detailed, community-level data on population, housing, income, migration, language, religion, education, family structure, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, and more.

The 2016 Census shows that the population of Corangamite has increased from 141,278 in 2011 to 152,740 people in 2016, an increase of 8.1 per cent over five years.

The Australian public have shown strong support for the 2016 Census with a significant shift from completing the Census on paper, to more than 4.9 million Australian households completing their Census online.

I thank the people of Corangamite for their participation in the 2016 Census. The Census is a vital resource, which will help Governments, businesses and communities shape the future of our nation over the next five years.

The next release in October 2017 will feature data on employment, occupation, and qualifications.

The ABS will hold a series of Census Data Seminars around the country to help Australians better understand and use Census data. More information on these events can be found on the ABS website.

27 June 2017