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Government and country information: Australian Bureau of Statistics publications

Australian state and federal governments and parliamentary publications; UN and country economic and political information.

Citing ABS publications

Information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics must be acknowledged responsibly whenever it is used. Citing, or referencing, is important for several reasons, including acknowledging that one has used the ideas, words or data of others. Accurately citing sources used also allows others to find and use the original information.

How to cite ABS sources

The Historical microfiche series

‚ÄčA comprehensive listing of publications released by the Central Office of the Australian Bureau of Statistics between 1901 and 1990 and publications released by the ABS State Offices between 1985 and 1990. These publications are available on microfiche in the Historical microfiche series: statistical publications since Federation.

This is complemented by the Colonial microfiche series, indexed by the Catalogue of Australian statistical publications, 1804 to 1901 : statistics collected by the six colonial statistical bureaus from 1804 to 1901 (ABS 1115.0) available at the Information Desk.

Index to the historical microfiche series : statistical publications since Federation (ABS 1123.0). Ask at the Information Desk

Catalogue of Australian statistical publications, 1804 to 1901 : statistics collected by the six colonial statistical bureaus from 1804 to 1901 (ABS 1115.0). Ask at the Information Desk

Australian Census information online

Each five-yearly Census collects a vast amount of vital information about our nation.

It provides the statistical information to assist the informed decision making process for all aspects of society, including all levels of government, from the national right down to local government and to the community.

There is a wealth of information available for free from the Census home. For each Census there are now a range of products and services to assist you in accessing the information you need. Historical census information can be found on the ABS website here

Some limited historical Census data is available for free online (see links below). It includes previous publications which have been scanned:

1911 - 1991 Historical Censuses Information   

2021 Snapshot of Australia Census data

Historical Census and Colonial Data Archive - a searchable archive of Australian colonial census publications containing colonial census reports, not the raw census data.