ANU/ABS Census symposium: challenges and opportunities for Australia

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 — Media are invited to an official public symposium on the 2016 Census data hosted by the Australian National University (ANU) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday 26 July at 9am.

The symposium will highlight the challenges and opportunities for Australia now and into the future, based on analysis of the national census on 9 August 2016.

A host of ANU experts will give their interpretation and commentary on the results including a special focus into unique findings in the ACT compared to other states and territories.

“The symposium is about highlighting and understanding change in Australian society,” said Associate Professor Nicholas Biddle of the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.

“We know asking every Australian to fill in a Census form and be counted is a big deal and this is our way of putting the information gathered back into the public domain.”

Areas to be covered include:

  • The characteristics of Australia migrants
  • Indigenous demographic and socioeconomic change
  • Housing affordability and the rental market in regions of Australia
  • Fertility and children ever born
  • Income distribution, and neighbourhood inequality
  • Social marital status
  • Long-term change in the Australian population

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WHAT: ANU / ABS Census Symposium on 2016 data.

WHEN: Wednesday 26 July 2017, 9am – 3pm.

WHERE: University House, Australian National University, 1 Balmain Crescent. Acton, ACT 2601.

WHO:

  • A/Professor Nicholas Biddle, Deputy Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.
  • A/Professor Edith Gray, Head of ANU School of Demography.
  • A/Professor Ann Evans, Associate Dean of research, ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Professor Matthew Gray, Director, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.
  • Dr Steven McEachern, Director, Australian Data Archive, ANU.
  • A/Professor Ben Phillips, Principal Research Fellow, ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods.
  • Professor James Raymer, ANU School of Demography.
  • Francis Markham – Research Fellow, ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research.

 

For media assistance, please call the ANU media hotline on (02) 6125 7979 or via media@anu.edu.au.

 

For the ABS: contact (02) 6 252 6617 or census.media@abs.gov.au.