Census of Population and Housing 1976: Local Government Area Summary Files One - De Facto

What is the LGADEF?

Dimensions of data set

Indicative information and data code groups

Description of the summary tables

Download an .rtf version of documents related to the LGADEF

What is the LGADEF?

The Local Government Area Summary Files One - De Facto present summary characteristics for persons and dwellings (other than occupation, industry and qualifications) for every Local Government Area (LGA) in Australia. "De Facto" refers here to the presentation of summary file data at the place of enumeration, that is at the dwellings where all persons spent census night, rather than at the dwellings where they usually live. The census is conducted on a "de facto" basis, although census data occasionally may be released on a "de jure" or "place of usual residence" basis.

The records for each LGA include geographic area codes for State, Statistical Division, Statistical Subdivision/ District, LGA and State Area. The table information is made up of 64 tables giving data for both persons and dwellings. The tables include counts for males and females by marital status, social handicaps, license to drive, racial origin period of residence, birthplace of parents, language, usual major activity, usual residence, ages, religion, educational institution attending, age left school, highest qualification, income, duration of marriage, child minding facilities used; and dwelling counts by type of dwelling, material of walls, number of rooms and bedrooms, facilities, number of vehicles, power or fuel used, nature of occupancy, weekly rent, sources of mortgages, mortgage payments, structure of building and reason unoccupied.

Dimensions of data set

The Summary Files contain 2 files of LGA level summary data. File A holds data for NSW and Victoria and contains 460 logical records. File B holds data for all other States and Territories and contains 767 logical records.

Each logical record contains one record of geographic indicative information and 12 records containing counts or totals grouped to form 64 tables.


Each of the two LGA One De Facto Summary Files contains 13 records for each LGA. The first record contains 10 cells of geographic indicative information. The next 12 records contain a total of 2733 cells of counts of summary information for persons and dwellings. File A contains data for NSW and Victoria on 460 logical records; file B contains data for other States and Territories on 767 logical records.

Indicative information

The 10 cells of indicative information for the LGA One De Facto Summary Files are contained in the first physical record of each logical record in the format

Description of the Summary Tables

The Summary File contains data cells from the 64 summary tables listed below. Full details of the tables and cells are given in the "Condensed Format Summary Tables Description File (download .rtf version)".

The first three fields on each of the 12 records are as for the indicative records (i.e. Record Length, Record type and zero fill). Each record contains, after the record identification fields, a series of 6 character fields each containing a value in the range 000000 to 999999 and representing a cell within the 64 tables compiled for each LGA.

The relationship between record type and tables is as follows:

Record type Table numbers Total no. of cells
1 1-9 188
2 10-13 282
3 14 392
4 15-16 106
5 17 216
6 18- 19 288
7 20 - 22 196
8 23 - 27 300
9 28 - 34 242
10 35 - 39 234
11 40 - 53 166
12 54 - 64 123

The populations covered by each table are as follows

Table number Population
1 Various major categories covering population
2 Various major categories covering dwellings
3 - 5 Total population
6 Total Australian born population
7 1976--Total population
8 1975--Total population at home on 30 June 1976
9 1971--Total population at home on 30 June 1976
10 Total population
11 Total population aged 15 years or more
12-13 Total population
14 Total overseas born population
15 Total population
16-17 Total overseas born population
18 Total population
19 Total population aged 5 years or more
20 Total population
21-23 Total population aged 15 years or more
24 (a) Total population aged 15 years or more
(b) Total families in private dwellings (excluding communes)
(c) Total households i.e. total occupied private dwellings (excluding private boarding houses)
25 Total now married women aged 15 years or more
26 Total children aged 0 - 5 years
27 Total now and ever married women aged 15 years or more
28 Total families and population in private dwellings
29 - 31 Total population in labour force
32 - 35 Total employed population
36 Indeterminate as any one employed person may use more than one mode of travel
37 - 38 Total population aged 15 years or more
39 Total population
40 - 46 Total occupied dwellings
47 (a) Total occupied private dwellings
(b) Total population in occupied private dwellings
48 - 56 Total occupied private dwellings
57 - 58 Total mortgaged occupied private dwellings
59 Total number of mortgages
60 - 62 Total mortgaged occupied private dwellings
63 Total rented occupied private dwellings
64 Total unoccupied private dwellings


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