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Australian Bureau of Statistics: Statistics and the Census - making sense of Australia

Statistics and the Census - making sense of Australia

As a result of reading this Case Study, students should be able to:

  • Explain possible uses of statistics and Census data for different population sectors and economic planning
  • Understand why and how the Census is undertaken
  • Discuss the benefits of electronic data gathering and dissemination  


Statistics help us tell interesting stories and enable us to make sense of the world. They can indicate change and allow meaningful comparisons to be made.

Who uses ABS statistics?

Providing accurate and authoritative statistical information strengthens our society and allows governments to make decisions and inform policy.

What is the Census?

The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical operation undertaken by the ABS.

Introducing the eCensus

The ABS is progressively introducing information communication technologies into its work program and is committed to continually improving data collection and dissemination facilities to make it easier for individuals to submit data and to provide easier access to information.

Census 2011

The next Census is planned for the night of Tuesday 9 August 2011, with an estimated nine million dwellings expected to contribute.


ABS data and statistics are used in all walks of life. The ABS is committed to continually improving information collection and dissemination facilities to make data and statistics easier to access and use.


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Learning Area(s):
  • Business Environment | Mission and Objectives
  • Business Environment | Significance of business
  • Business Environment | The external environment
  • Business Environment | Types of large organisations
  • Business Structure and Organisation | Forms of ownership of large organisations
  • Change Management | Change issues for business
  • Change Management | Managing change effectively
  • Change Management | Sources of change
  • Change Management | Strategic planning
  • Communication | Effective communication models
  • Communication | Technology and communication
  • Management and ICT | Managing technological change in the workplace
  • Management and ICT | The impact of technology on business
  • Operations Management | Ops management evaluation including use of KPIs
From: Edition 6

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