SBS Explorer brings Census data to life


SBS has launched an interactive online tool featuring demographic data gathered in the 2011 Census, so that Australians can explore the results of the Census data.

The SBS Census Explorer provides an online destination for ‘visualising Census’, with information progressively added to the tool as it becomes available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said, “The SBS Census Explorer is an easy-to-use tool that gives Australians access to some of the most important Census data, bringing it to life in maps, charts and graphs that are interactive and easy to read.

“Users can compare languages and places and learn more about the makeup of their communities. It is a great example of how SBS is developing interactive and innovative online applications to support our offering and further broaden our understanding of multicultural Australia,” he added.

Demographic data released in the first round, including age, religious affiliation, personal income, Indigenous status and languages spoken at home will appear on the SBS Census Explorer. One of the main features is that comparisons can be performed between different categories of demographic data. This will allow Australians to compare their local suburb to their neighbours, or the makeup of their community, and therefore better understand Australia’s diverse society.

The 2011 Census brings languages to the forefront of the data, demonstrating the significance of language in Australia. In addition to the online Census Explorer tool, SBS news and current affairs has developed a range of cross platform editorial content covering four key language groups with significant outcomes from this release of Census information.The multi-media coverage will focus on the emergence of the Mandarin, Arabic, Hindi and Korean communities in Australia.

The Census Explorer can be found at and on all SBS Radio Language pages, customised for each language.


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