Census of Population and Housing, 1976: Federal Electoral Division Summary File
The Federal Electoral Division Summary File presents summary characteristics of persons and dwellings for every Federal Electoral Division (FED) in Australia.
The records for each FED include a geographic area code for Commonwealth (Federal) Electoral Division (1977 boundaries) and table information made up of 48 tables giving data for both persons and dwellings. The tables include counts for males and females by marital status, usual major activity, usual residence, ages, use of English language, birthplace of parents, birthplace, period of residence, religion, educational institution attending, age left school, highest qualification, income, duration of marriage, total issue, occupation, occupation status, hours worked, number of jobs, mode of travel to work, family type, child minding facilities used, pensions or benefits received; 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.
The Summary File contains 1 file of FED level summary data.
There are 139 logical records, one for each of the 131 FED's and one total for each State and Territory. There are 61,299 physical records, 441 per logical record. There are 9 different record types, each containing 49 x 80 character physical records.
The FED Summary File contains 139 logical records, one for each FED (131) and one for each State and Territory total (8). There are 61,299 physical records, with 441 per logical record. There are 9 different record types, each containing 49 x 80 character physical records for each FED. Each record type contains, on record 1, the record type number (1 character) and the FED code (3 characters). On records 2-49, table information is given in 10 character cells.
For some basic information about the way Census 76 was planned, designed, executed and processed, information on the person and dwelling characteristics included in statistical output and some guidance to other census products, see Making Sense of Census 1976.
Commonwealth Electoral Division
The Commonwealth Electoral Division boundaries used in the creation of this data file are those at the last redistribution (November 1977). The possible values that a Commonwealth Electoral Division code can take and their meanings are:
001 Adelaide (SA) 030 Corangamite (VIC) 003 Balaclava (VIC) 031 Corio (VIC) 004 Ballaarat (VIC) 032 Cowper (NSW) 005 Banks (NSW) 033 Cunningham (NSW) 006 Barker (SA) 034 Curtin (WA) 007 Barton (NSW) 036 Darling Downs (QLD) 008 Bass (TAS) 037 Dawson (QLD) 009 Batman (VIC) 038 Deakin (VIC) 010 Bendigo (VIC) 039 Denison (TAS) 011 Bennelong (NSW) 040 Diamond Valley (VIC) 012 Berowra (NSW) 041 Eden-Monaro (NSW) 013 Blaxland (NSW) 043 Farrer (NSW 014 Bonython (SA) 044 Fisher (QLD 015 Boothby (SA) 045 Flinders (V C) 016 Bowman (QLD) 046 Forrest (WA) 017 Braddon (TAS) 047 Franklin (TAS) 018 Bradfield (NSW) 048 Fraser (ACT) 019 Brisbane (QLD) 049 Fremantle (WA) 020 Bruce (VIC) 050 Gellibrand (VIC) 021 Burke (VIC) 051 Gippsland (VIC) 022 Calare (NSW) 052 Grayndler (NSW) 023 Canberra (ACT) 053 Grey (SA) 024 Canning (WA) 054 Griffith (QLD) 025 Capricornia (QLD) 055 Gwydir (NSW) 026 Casey (VIC) 056 Hawker (SA) 027 Chifley (NSW) 057 Henty (VIC) 028 Chisholm (VIC) 058 Herbert (QLD) 029 Cook (NSW) 059 Higgins (VIC) 060 Hindmarsh (SA) 100 Paterson (NSW) 061 Holt (VIC) 101 Perth (WA) 062 Hotham (VIC) 102 Petrie (QLD) 063 Hughes (NSW) 103 Phillip (NSW) 064 Hume (NSW) 104 Port Adelaide (SA) 065 Hunter (NSW) 105 Prospect (NSW) 066 Indi (VIC) 106 Reid (NSW) 067 Isaacs (VIC) 107 Richmond (NSW) 068 Kalgoorlie (WA) 108 Riverina (NSW) 069 Kennedy (QLD) 109 Robertson (NSW) 070 Kingsford-Smith (NSW) 110 Ryan (QLD) 071 Kingston (SA) 111 Scullin (VIC) 072 Kooyong (VIC) 112 Shortland (NSW) 073 Lalor (VIC) 113 St George (NSW) 075 La Trobe (VIC) 114 Stirling (WA) 076 Leichhardt (QLD) 115 Sturt (SA) 077 Lilley (QLD) 116 Swan (WA) 078 Lowe (NSW) 117 Sydney (NSW) 079 Lyne (NSW) 118 Tangney (WA) 080 Macarthur (NSW) 119 Wakefield (SA) 081 Mackellar (NSW) 120 Wannon (VIC) 083 Mallee (VIC) 121 Warringah (NSW) 084 Maranoa (QLD) 122 Wentworth (NSW) 085 Maribyrnong (VIC) 123 Werriwa (NSW) 086 McMillan (VIC) 124 Wide Bay (QLD) 087 Fadden (QLD) 125 Wills (VIC) 088 Melbourne (VIC) 126 Wilmot (TAS) 089 Melbourne Ports (VIC) 128 Migratory (NSW) 090 Mitchell (NSW) 129 Migratory (VIC) 091 Moore (WA) 130 Migratory (QLD) 092 Moreton (QLD) 131 Migratory (SA) 093 Murray (VIC) 132 Migratory (WA) 094 Newcastle (NSW) 133 Migratory (TAS) 095 New England (NSW) 134 Migratory (NT) 096 Northern Territory 135 Dundas (NSW) 097 North Sydney (NSW) 136 McPherson (QLD) 098 Oxley (QLD) 137 Lawson (NSW) 099 Parramatta (NSW)The possible values that a State code can take and their meanings are:
1 New South Wales 2 Victoria 3 Queensland 4 South Australia 5 Western Australia 6 Tasmania 7 Northern Territory 8 Australian Capital Territory
The Summary File contains data cells from the 48 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 table information is made up of 48 tables containing 1517 cells giving data for both persons and dwellings. The first 3 fields on each of the 9 records are Record length, Record type and zero fill respectively. The relationship between Record Type and Tables is as follows:
|Record Type||Table Numbers||Total N of Cells|
The population of each table is as follows:
|2||Various major categories covering both population and dwellings.|
|5||1976 - total population.|
1975, 1971 - total population at home on 30 June 1976.
|7||Total population aged 5 years or more.|
|8||Total Australian born population.|
|9||Total overseas born population.|
|10||a Australia - total Australian born population.|
b Overseas - total overseas born population.
c table total - total population (relates to columns 1-4 only).
|11||Total overseas born population.|
|15-16||Total population aged 15 years or more.|
|17||Total now married women.|
|18||Total ever married women.|
|19||Total children aged 0-5 years (by addition of last five lines only).|
|20||Total population aged 15 years or more (by addition of last three lines only).|
|22-23||Total population of the labour force.|
|24-28||Total employed population.|
|29||Indeterminate as any one employed person may use more than one mode of travel.|
|30||Total families in private dwellings.|
|31||Total families in private dwellings (excluding communes).|
|32||Total families in private dwellings.|
|33||Total households ie total occupied private dwellings (excluding private boarding houses).|
|34-44||Total occupied private dwellings.|
|45||Total rented occupied private dwellings.|
|46||Total number of mortgages.|
|47||Total occupied mortgaged private dwellings (columns 1 and 3 only).|
|48||Total private dwellings (both occupied and unoccupied).|
|49||Total unoccupied private dwellings.|
The following notes were issued by the ABS concerning tables from the Federal Electoral Division Summary Files.
The part of Table 5 which shows the 1971 usual residence of the population has been found to have errors in most categories. Although, on a small area basis, the error may not be significant, it is suggested that users contact the ABS if they require detailed information about the types of errors involved.
Table 13 which shows the number of people attending educational institutions by the type of institution has been found to be in error. The number of persons attending schools and other institutions has been understated by persons who said they attended a school or other institution but did not state the name of the institution (ie. type of institution was not stated). It is suggested that users contact the ABS if they require detailed information about the type of errors involved.