Making Sense of the Census

Friday, August 05, 2016

It comes around once every five years and next Tuesday night, the census will count 10 million dwellings, making it the biggest in history. While the information helps to piece together where we live and what we do, changes to this year’s survey have sparked concerns over privacy. But that isn’t the only change. Faith is now in the spotlight with experts predicting Australia could be losing it’s religion.

How is this year’s census different?

The big change is the number of people expected to fill out the census form online or on a device. Such as this era five years ago, it was available as an e-census but less than one third filled it in that way. This year it is expected that more than two thirds will go for the online version.

How have the questions changed?

The religion question has changed, it used to list all the different religions and denominations and at the very bottom it said ‘no religion’. ‘No religion’ is now going to be the first option because a lot of people are going to select that. Nonetheless, as last time (where 61% chose Christianity in one form or another) it will probably be in the majority, but may fall a little bit.

For the first time the ABS is keeping some personal data, what about privacy?

People do worry about privacy and those names and details being kept for four years, but it’s for further ongoing analysis of where people live or how they move, age or people born in a certain year and further analysis of the data. The ABS or the Census have a pretty good track record of data security and I’ve even looked up the Census Act and there are serious penalties for people who in any way reveal data, so I think we can relax that it will be kept secure.

Are There are going to be new jobs included that weren’t there before?

If we even think of the five years since the last census, jobs like App Developer, Cyber Security Professional or Drone Pilot are new jobs that have emerged. I’m sure we will find a lot more jobs rather than just teacher and nurse in the Census under your occupation this year.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


local Tasmania mother's day James Ward Australian community trends fears impact know the times money affordability selfie ultimo potts point culturally diverse New Zeland real Valentine’s Day life identity village belief HSC follow World Water Day 2015 personalities customer Duchess of Cambridge urban taskforce poor home easy rider university going out ABS Macquarie University educated the hills live the dream dessert Tuesday Trend society brands national crime rates 1975 Channel Seven wealth and income distribution summer holidays small business rich forecasting focus groups staying in greatness #censusfail facts 10 years offenders high density charity social impact royal influence Channel 7 sydney metro education future education millennials state Northern beaches Event generational trends TEDx future proof Res Vis publication builders training new york times snapshot vegetarian REIV National Conference award winner Aussie McCrindle Speakers ethnography challenge technology internships goals jobs home ownership average Australian learner school students Christmas season bus Australian demographics social analysis social research Queensland 1968 commute global financial crisis school mccrindle global NFP event men collaborative Hornsby Shire Council youth insights demographic transformations society trends presentations volunteering year 7 2014 brand experience learn australian community trends report relational workforce consumer environmental scanning faux-cilising demographics safe Real Estate Institute of Victoria the average aussie jobs of the future Northern Territory typical australian gig infographic wall australian social research religion workshop overcast apartment darwin royal family digital divorce ageing population Australian Dream local communities middle class urban living demographer list Kiwi local community social issues entrepreneurs of today cica conference perth priorities debt report gender entertainment hopes authenticity sector wide study survey design intern mccrindle tea leadership culture travelling urban living index bondi holiday care support 24,000,000 retirement TED pharmacy census results Australian Census ease of travel group session grave decision social media ACT capital cities gig economy population map environment learning styles prince george housing affordability 2016 census results Territory bureau NBRS Architecture breakfast Australians coffee conferences communicate mccrindle research cloudy days Kirsten Brewer wealth and income Work place responsive names neutral bay households Assistant Store Manager research pack hello fresh friends investment megatrends learning Engineering Manager future of education post rationalism choice workers Aussies unaffordable charities daily commute sustainable Australian schools Andrew Duffin gen z office space cash stay home marrickville Research Executive sector TED talk entrepreneur marriage WA deloitte study visual emerging trends tea Financial Planning Association FPA System's Architect resilience Crime Rates train townhouses English future of shopping faith social enquiry rule keeper dare to dream "know the times" daily telegraph rise of local Christchurch work-life travel Scouts princess charlotte generation commuters in depth interviews rising house prices optimistic financial future wages criminal generation Z earn land of the middle class focus group careers suburbs SMART January 26th work mates sun car Gen X trend tuesday meals DIY social lives earning 1980 huffington post average sydneysider Wagga Wagga engagement happiness internship speakers eliane miles SA wedding community engagement Northern Beaches Christian School earnings tips shifts cost of living media release census fail omnibus financial independence year 12 emerging technologies unemployment logan 24 million toys shopping sunny days geomapping networking moderators guide manly optus my business awards recap news TDE Wodonga national wealth emerging generations NT wellbeing motivate researcher EFF volunteer presentation eliane the changing face of mentor CBD Do It Yourself trades water financial suburban living supply and demand public holiday debate 2013 Word Up alpha The ABC of XYZ relevant crime hornsby Queensland: QLD business performance acf15 socialites participants Generation Y DESTEL professional speaker online shopping blaxland twentyseventeen millenials experience cultural diversity wealth domestic storytelling wolloomooloo sydney hills New South Wales demographic baby name australian communities forum spend low density Social Trend product economic engage property market demography micro apartments Merry Christmas medicine Sydney Hills Business Chamber mortgage population milestone keynote speaker define pyrmont suburb event PSI educhat family baby names christmas CPI work research data population growth 1994 increasing densification salary cancel plans sydneysider ideas shopper's pick entrepreneurial schools students leadership workshop property moreton bay student global generations education sector mining boom goal qualitative research world house price rise proactive baby names australia report communication weather Australian Home conference presentation media commentary Love aged care puzzle growth census data city tuesday Geoff Brailey professional presenters weekly earnings personal growth baby name predictions census owning a home mateship conference speaker Generation X Deaths high density living rent church divorce rate sector wide income cultural diveristy media rain business tertiary education education research employment keynote Financial Planning Association of Australia population the great screenage survey fresh public speaker baby boomers REIV Conference financial planning cooking christianity living housing trends Australia Day 2017 screenage consumerism slideshare children financial fears social researchers chairty christian apartments baby names report career google for education trend future of work finance sydneysiders royal baby norwest future-proof Wellington stats cancelling event teaching vegemite Sydney australian research marketing Australian Communities Trends results students insight showreel long weekend politics families volunteers newspaper trends analyst Australian Trends sports SMSF monarchy Education Future Forum growing population professional Australia street Christmas lunch sydney speaker research visualisation hills schools housing growth future proofing market research resource Births narcissism plans aussie culture tattoos generation alpha property price child care balance ferry South Australia volunteering data NEETs thought leadership skills seasons data shopping centre quote brisbane ashley mckenzie residents australians staying home more 40 million professional services Australian Families meetings 2016 high density apartments demographic trends Hills Shire Council faux-ciliser Australian Bureau of Statistics Canberra online baby name trends teach parenting future optus mobile Tuesday Trends renting story couple healthy future food employers generations outsourcing dreams not-for-profit house panel financial dreams the hills shire social researcher innovative ageing 2017 cost Myth marriages infographic statistics repayments investing winter blues sentiments in the media Australian communities royal language brand cancelling plans Royals group staff infographics 23 million organisational culture woolworths Research Director google education future report young people transport faux-cilise budget baby boom housing market social commentator speaker young australians sydney event GPO clothing gold coast friendship community event 2020 crows nest micro cartodb housing easter social commentary casual house price collaboration mccrindle in the media shbc data analyst VIC contiki FOMO social census 2016 teachers February 16 mythbusting australian communities trends report speakers pack Population Clock dream community ACF 2016 trends communications Financial Planning Week youth unemployment research report ACF17 video buildings 2012 high school communities forum office litter lalor park school satisfaction world youth day sunburnt country VET sector visualisation tableau purpose spirituality teacher affordable award non profit forecast curiosity equip hills shire research services trends of 2016 mythbusters urban Melbourne states case study aged care lifestyle teleworking wage government click Caregiver social change graphs dreaming millionth TAS waverton ACF innovation business index Netflix Charlotte grandparents energy baby NBRS professional development ashley fell new office office opening thrive social life capital city anzac Gen Y paying to work change kate middleton investor Sydney keynote speaker women university degree workplace trends of 2017 Real Estate ipswich the australian dream area renter of the future Vocational education Northern Beaches hobart pharmacies tv Christmas presents Australian Population organisations interactive ACF2017 household New Zealand celebration social trends cars VET The Daily Edition australia Bathburst workplace culture mover and shaker internet national private wealth victoria changing face of sydney SRE sydneycity rental stress winter average aussie NSW parents Skilling futurist cold JOMO Western Australia gen alpha wealth distribution Adelaide economy IT Specialists social shifts Mark McCrindle house prices program analysis Australia Day 2016 census nfp etiquette father's day socialising menai public speaking annual income home owner data visualisation events poker master leader media activity not for profit