Census of Population and Housing 1966: Collection District and Local Government Area Summary Files

What are the CDSF and LGASF?

Dimensions of data set

1966 Census publications

PERSONS Summary Data - Record structure

DWELLINGS Summary Data - Record structure

Content of Indicative Record

Indicative Data Code Groups

PERSONS Summary Data - List of Tables

DWELLINGS Summary Data - List of Tables

PERSONS Summary Data - Code Groups

DWELLINGS Summary Data - Code Groups

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What are the CDSF and LGASF?

The Collection District and Local Government Area Summary Files present summary characteristics of persons and dwellings for every Collection District (CD) in Australia, and these same characteristics aggregated to Local Government Area (LGA) and State totals. NB: Summary Files for the Territories were not released.

Two types of data are available for each State, LGA and CD, dwelling records and person records. Dwelling records include counts by class of dwelling by number of rooms, number of inmates, material of outer walls, nature of occupancy, facilities, number of vehicles, and reason for being unoccupied. Person records include counts for males and females by age, birthplace, nationality, period of residence, religion, education, occupational status, marital status, occupation, industry and major activity.

Dimensions of data set

The Summary Files contain 30 data files made up of:

  • 14 files of CD summary characteristics, being 8 files of person records and 6 files of dwelling records;
  • 14 files of LGA summary characteristics, being 8 files of person records and 6 files of dwelling records; and
  • 2 files of State summary characteristics, being 1 file of person records and one file of dwelling records, each containing one record for each of the 6 States.
Person records contain 6 variables of geographic indicative data and 980 counts.
Dwelling records contain 6 variables of geographic indicative data and 154 counts.

The number of logical records in each of the CD and LGA summary files is:

Person Files			CD Rec	LGA Rec
New South Wales (Metropolitan)	3336	53
New South Wales (Balance)	3520	325
Victoria (Metropolitan)		2788	83
Victoria (Balance)		2144	262
Queensland			2961	287
South Australia			1739	193
Western Australia		1360	185
Tasmania			668	86

Dwelling Files			CD Rec	LGA Rec
New South Wales			6856	378
Victoria			4932	345
Queensland			2961	287
South Australia			1739	193
Western Australia		1360	185
Tasmania			668	86

1966 Census publications

The 1966 Census publication programme is made up of five individual Volumes, four consisting of a number of separate Parts, together with a series of supplementary statements in mimeographed form. The content of each Volume is briefly as follows:

Volume 1. Single characteristics of the population for Australia, Parts 1-11. - Age, marital status, birthplace, nationality, period of residence, education, religion, occupational status industry, occupation, and race.

Volume 2. Related characteristics of the population for Australia, Parts 1-5. - Growth and distribution of the population, demographic data, overseas-born population, the work force, and families and households.

Volume 3. Housing

Volume 4. Single characteristics of the population and dwellings in Local Government Areas, Parts 1-7. - New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania, and Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory.

Volume 5. Population and dwellings in localities, Parts 1-7. - States and Territories as for Volume 4, and Part 8. - Australia.

CODEBOOK

Two types of data are available and are held on separate files:

    PERSONS Summary data, and

    DWELLINGS Summary data.

Record Structure

PERSONS Summary Data - Record Structure

The records for each collection district (CD) and local government area (LGA) consist of 6 cells of indicative information and 980 cells of person information.

The records for each CD consist of: Card 1 - 6 cells of indicative information, format 6I5; Card 2 to Card 50 - 980 cells of person information with 20 cells per card, format 20I4.

The records for each LGA consist of Card 1 - 6 cells of indicative information, format 6I5; Card 2 to Card 99 - 980 cells of person information with 10 cells per card, format 10I8.

The records of State totals consist of: Card 1 - 2 cells of indicative information, format 2I5, where the first indicative is Record Type and the second is State (see below); Card 2 to Card 99 - 980 cells of person information with 10 cells per card, format 10I8.

DWELLINGS Summary Data - Record Structure

The records for each collection district (CD) and local government area (LGA) consist of 6 cells of indicative information and 154 cells of dwelling information.

The records for each CD consist of: Card 1 - 6 cells of indicative information, format 6I5; Card 2 to Card 9 - 154 cells of dwelling information with 20 cells per card, format 20I4.

The records for each LGA consist of Card 1 - 6 cells of indicative information, format 6I5; Card 2 to Card 17 - 154 cells of dwelling information with 10 cells per card, format 10I8.

The records of State totals consist of: Card 1 - 2 cells of indicative information, format 2I5, where the first indicative is Record Type and the second is State (see below); Card 2 to Card 17 - 154 cells of dwelling information with 10 cells per card, format 10I8.

Content of Indicative Record

The 6 cells of indicative information for each record are:

1. Record Type
2. LGA
3. CD number
4. CD Serial No.
5. Section of State
6. Electoral Division

Indicative Data Code Groups

RECORD TYPE
1 = Personal data for an LGA
2 = Personal data for a CD
3 = Dwelling data for an LGA
4 = Dwelling data for a CD
LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA (LGA)

These are the major tabulation units used in the publication of census results. While referred to as 'local government areas' they are, in fact, those sections of Local Government Areas for which separate details are published (see 1966 Census Volume 4). They differ from legally constituted LGA's in that some of the latter are situated in more than one statistical division or statistical area and most are subdivided into a number of urban and rural areas. Separate codes have now been given to rural towns with a population between 500 and 999, for which boundaries were determined prior to the census.

There is a three-digit numeric code assigned to LGA's ordered alphabetically within each Statistical Division, with the code 800 being attributed to 'migratory' CD's within each State. Names and associated codes are listed in numeric order in the '1966 Census Code List of Local Government Areas in Statistical Divisions'

CD NUMBER
CD SERIAL NUMBER

The CD is the smallest geographic unit used in the collection and dissemination of census data and which, in urban areas, has about 300 dwellings, and fewer in rural CD's.

The census division code, census subdivision letter and CD letter combine to provide a CD map reference.

The CD Serial Number (6 digits) runs from 1 to n in each State with CD's in LGA-CD code order except where new LGA codes have been inserted for the rural towns referred to above.

The value of n for each State and Territory is

N.S.W.	6967
VIC.	5036
QLD.	3051
S.A.	1777
W.A.	1392
TAS.	675

The CD number (3 digits) runs sequentially from 1 within an LGA to a maximum of 269 in the largest LGA.

Due to the need to add CD's with small numbers of dwellings to adjoining CD's to avoid publishing confidential data, not all serial numbers are present in the CDSF data file records.

SECTION OF STATE
0 = Metropolitan Urban
1 = Other Urban
2 = Rural
3 = Migratory (also identifiable as LGA = 800)
ELECTORAL DIVISION

A code has been inserted on the CD Summary File showing the 1968 Commonwealth Electoral Division in which each CD is situated. This process has involved a degree of approximation as the electoral boundaries occasionally cut across CD boundaries and in such cases each CD has been given the code of the division in which the majority of the population and dwellings were enumerated.

The codes used within each state are -

NEW SOUTH WALES

1 DARLING	16 FARRER	31 PARRAMATTA
2 GWYDIR	17 HUME		32 REID
3 NEW ENGLAND	18 EDEN-MONARO	33 LOWE
4 RICHMOND	19 MACARTHUR	34 EVANS
5 COWPER	20 CUNNINGHAM	35 GRAYNDLER
6 LYNNE		21 HUGHES	36 SYDNEY
7 PATTERSON	22 WERRIWA	37 WENTWORTH
8 HUNTER	23 PROSPECT	38 PHILLIP
9 NEWCASTLE	24 CHIFLEY	39 KINGSFORD-SMITH
10 SHORTLAND	25 BEROWRA	40 ST. GEORGE
11 ROBERTSON	26 MACKELLAR	41 LANG
12 MITCHELL	27 BRADFIELD	42 BLAXLAND
13 MACQUARIE	28 WARRINGAH	43 BANKS
14 CALARE	29 NORTH SYDNEY	44 BARTON
15 RIVERINA	30 BENNELONG	45 COOK
				46 MIGRATORY

VICTORIA

1 MALLEE	13 HOLT		25 BRUCE
2 WIMMERA	14 LA TROBE	26 CHISHOLM
3 WANNON	15 CASEY	27 MELBOURNE
4 CORANGAMITE	16 DIAMOND VLY  28 GELLIBRAND
5 CORIO		17 BURKE	29 MELBOURNE PORTS
6 BALLARAT	18 LALOR	30 HIGGINS
7 BENDIGO	19 MARIBYRNONG	31 HENTY
8 MURRAY	20 WILLS	32 BALACLAVA
9 INDI		21 SCULLIN	33 HOTHAM
10 GIPPSLAND	22 BATMAN	34 ISAACS
11 McMILLAN	23 KOOYONG	35 MIGRATORY
12 FLINDERS	24 DEAKIN

QUEENSLAND

1 LEICHHARDT	7 FISHER	13 RYAN
2 HERBERT	8 PETRIE	14 MORETON
3 KENNEDY	9 LILLEY	15 McPHERSON
4 DAWSON	10 BOWMAN	16 OXLEY
5 CAPRICORNIA	11 GRIFFITH	17 DARLING DOWNS
6 WIDE BAY	12 BRISBANE	18 MARANOA
				19 MIGRATORY

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

1 GREY		5 KlNGSTON	9 ADELAIDE
2 WAKEFIELD	6 HAWKER	10 HINDMARSH
3 ANGAS		7 BOOTHBY	11 PORT ADELAIDE
4 BARKER	8 STURT		12 BONYTHON
				13 MIGRATORY

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

1 KALGOORLIE	4 CURTIN	7 FREMANTLE
2 MOORE		5 PERTH		8 CANNING
3 STIRLING	6 SWAN		9 FORREST
				10 MIGRATORY

TASMANIA
	
1 BASS		3 DENISON	5 WILMOT
2 BRADDON	4 FRANKLIN	6 MIGRATORY

List of Tables

PERSONS Summary Data

This is shown in terms of cells of which the first 6 are indicative as described above. In all cases tables for males and females are shown in alternate cells, males followed by females for each value of the major index.

Cell Contents
7-76 AGE of total population
77-146 AGE or work force population
147-216 AGE of the overseas born population
217-286 AGE of persons of British nationality
287-342 BIRTHPLACE of total population
343-39(a) BIRTHPLACE of persons resident in Australia less than 5 years
399-56(a) BIRTHPLACE by NATIONALITY (nationality is faster moving index)
567-590 PERIOD OF RESIDENCE of total population
591-614 PERIOD OF RESIDENCE of persons in workforce
615-654 RELIGION of population
655-678 EDUCATION of persons 5 years of age and over
679-688 OCCUPATIONAL STATUS of population in workforce
689-698 MARITAL STATUS of total population
619-708 MARITAL STATUS of work force
709-854 OCCUPATION of total population
855-966 INDUSTRY of total population
967-986 MAJOR ACTIVITY by out/in WORKFORCE (former is slower moving index)

(a) In these, portions of the record cells are provided, but not used, for birthplace Australia.

DWELLINGS Summary Data

This is shown in terms of cells of which the first 6 are indicative as described above.

Note:
The counts in cells 7-133 refer to occupied dwellings (See the EXPLANATORY NOTES).
Cells 7-10 give number of dwellings in each CLASS OF DWELLING (A) group, while cells 11-160 give number of dwellings in each CLASS OF DWELLING (B) group (see CLASS OF DWELLING below).

Cell Contents
7-10 Number of dwellings in each CLASS OF DWELLING (A)
11-20 Private houses with rooms 1-9, 10 and over
21-30 S. C. Flats with rooms 1-9, 10 and over
31-40 Other private dwellings with rooms 1-9, 10 and over
41-50 Private houses with inmates 1-9, 10 and over
51-60 S.C. Flats with inmates 1-9, 10 and over
61-70 Other private dwellings with inmates 1-9, 10 and over
71-75 Private houses by MATERIAL OF OUTER WALLS
76-80 S.C. Flats by MATERIAL OF OUTER WALLS
81-85 Other private dwellings by MATERIAL OF OUTER WALLS
86-89 Private houses by NATURE OF OCCUPANCY
90-93 S. C. Flats by NATURE OF OCCUPANCY
94-97 Other Private by NATURE OF OCCUPANCY
98-103 Private houses by FACILITIES + TELEVISION
104-109 S.C. Flats by FACILITIES +
110-115 Other private dwellings by FACILITIES + TELEVISION
116-121 Private houses by number of VEHICLES
122-127 S.C. Flats by number of VEHICLES
128-133 Other private dwellings by number of VEHICLES
134-142 Unoccupied private houses by REASON UNOCCUPIED
143-151 Unoccupied S.C. flats by REASON UNOCCUPIED
152-160 Unoccupied other private dwellings by REASON UNOCCUPIED

Code Groups

PERSONS Summary Data Code Groups
AGE

0-24 years in single ages
25-69 years in 5 year groups
70 and over. Total 35 categories

BIRTHPLACE
1 AUSTRALIA	11 ITALY	21 INDIA
2 NEW ZEALAND	12 MALTA	22 LEBANON
3 ENGLAND, WALES13 NETHERLANDS	23 OTHER ASIA
4 SCOTLAND	14 POLAND	24 U.A.R.
5 ALL IRELAND	15 SPAIN	25 OTHER AFRICA
6 AUSTRIA	16 U.S.S.R.	26 U.S.A.
7 CZECHOSLOVAKIA17 YUGOSLAVIA	27 OTHER AMERICA
8 GERMANY	18 OTHER EUROPE	28 OTHER
9 GREECE	19 CHINA
10 HUNGARY	20 CYPRUS
NATIONALITY

1 BRITISH
2 NATIONALITY SAME AS BIRTHPLACE
3 OTHER

PERIOD OF RESIDENCE
1 less than 1 year		7 6 years and less than 7
2 1 year and less than 2	8 7 years and less than 12
3 2 years and less than 3	9 12 years and less than 19
4 3 years and less than 4	10 19 years and over
5 4 years and less than 5	11 Not stated
6 5 years and less than 6	12 Australian born
MARITAL STATUS

1 NEVER MARRIED
2 MARRIED
3 MARRIED BUT PERMANENTLY SEPARATED
4 DIVORCED
5 WIDOWED

OCCUPATIONAL STATUS

1 EMPLOYER
2 SELF-EMPLOYED
3 WAGE EARNER
4 UNPAID HELPER
5 UNEMPLOYED

RELIGION
1 BAPTIST		11 PRESBYTERIAN
2 BRETHEREN		12 SALVATION ARMY
3 ROMAN CATHOLIC	13 SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST
4 CATHOLIC		14 PROTESTANT (UNDEFINED)
5 CHURCHES OF CHRIST	15 OTHER CHRISTIAN
6 CHURCH OF ENGLAND	16 HEBREW
7 CONGREGATIONAL	17 OTHER NON-CHRISTIAN
8 GREEK ORTHODOX	18 INDEFINITE
9 LUTHERAN		19 NO RELIGION
10 METHODIST		20 NO REPLY
EDUCATION

1 UNIVERSITY
2 OTHER TERTIARY
3 MATRICULATION-WITH QUALS.
4 MATRICULATION-WITHOUT QUALS
5 INTERMEDIATE-WITH QUALS.
6 INTERMEDIATE-WITHOUT QUALS
7 HIGH SCHOOL-WITH QUALS.
8 HIGH SCHOOL -WITHOUT QUALS.
9 PRIMARY SCHOOL-WITH QUALS.
10 PRIMARY SCHOOL-WITHOUT QUALS.
11 NIL
12 NOT STATED

OCCUPATION

ALL SUB-GROUPS OF CLASSIFICATION PLUS NOT IN WORK FORCE. See the EXPLANATORY NOTES

INDUSTRY

ALL SUB-GROUPS OF CLASSIFICATION (OTHER INDUSTRIES COMBINED WITH NOT STATED) PLUS NOT IN WORK FORCE. See the EXPLANATORY NOTES

MAJOR ACTIVITY

As mentioned in the EXPLANATORY NOTES persons were classified as being in or out of the work force on the basis of a series of questions on work experience during the week preceding the Census. In addition the following activity question was asked.

  1. Persons not engaged in an industry, business, profession, trade or service.
       For - Children not attending school, write 'C'. Full-time students or children attending school, write 'S'. Mainly dependent on pension or superannuation, write 'P'. Of independent means, write 'M'. Engaged in unpaid home duties write 'H.D.' Inmates of institutions (eg., for invalids and the aged, gaols, reformatories, etc.), write 'I'. Others not engaged in industry, etc., write 'N.A.'. (Young persons seeking work but not previously employed, write 'O' in answer to this question).
  2. For those out of a job at time of the Census but who are usually engaged in an industry, business, profession, trade or service, write 'O'.
  3. Those who are engaged in an industry, business, profession, trade or service at the time of the Census (including those on long service leave) write 'E'.

The distinction between the two concepts is important. The major activity approach enables figures to be derived for students and housewives who, because they worked or looked for work in the relevant period were coded into the work force on the occupational status basis. There is a smaller number of persons in the complementary category ie. those whose usual 'Major activity' is working but who were excluded from the work force because they neither worked, had a job, or looked for work in the relevant week.

Categories of major activity included in the summary data are:

1 Children not attending school
2 Full-time students
3 Household duties
4 Others not working
5 Working, unemployed or looking for first job

WORKFORCE

1 NOT IN WORKFORCE
2 IN WORKFORCE

DWELLINGS Summary Data Code Groups
CLASS OF DWELLING (A)

1 = Private Houses, including Principal Shares of Private Houses
2 = Self-contained Flats, including Principal Shares of Flats
3 = All other private dwellings (other shares, sheds, huts etc. and other private dwellings)
4 = Non-Private dwellings

CLASS OF DWELLING (B)

1 = Private Houses
2 = Self-contained Flats
3 = All other private dwellings (including principal shares of houses and flats)

ROOMS

1-9 in units, 10 and over

NO. OF INMATES

1-9 in units, 10 and over

MATERIAL OF OUTER WALLS

1 = Brick and brick veneer
2 = Stone or concrete
3 = Wood
4 = Fibro-cement
5 = Other Materials

NATURE OF OCCUPANCY

1 = Owner
2 = Tenant of Government Authority
3 = Other tenant
4 = Other and not stated

FACILITIES

1 = Gas only
2 = Electricity only
3 = Gas and electricity
4 = Neither
5 = Not stated

TELEVISION

Number of dwellings with T.V. is shown

VEHICLES

1 = None
2 = One
3= Two
4 = Three
5 = More than 3
6 = Not stated

REASON UNOCCUPIED

1 = For sale
2 = To let
3 = Newly completed - awaiting occupancy
4 = Vacant for repairs or alterations
5 = Holiday home or weekender
6 = Seasonal workers' quarters
7 = Condemned or awaiting demolition
8 = Temporarily unoccupied
9 = Other reasons

 

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