1981 Census Matrix Search

Matrix tables are aimed at meeting the special needs of users requiring large amounts of detailed statistical data. They give a count or tally of the number of people, families or households in each cell of a cross-classification of a large number of census characteristics. The extent of detail in the tables is constrained by the likelihood of identifiable information being released, which is dependent on the geographic level. Thus very detailed information is available for large populations such as capital cities, States or nationally, and limited detail is available for smaller geographic areas such as local government areas. In addition, the tables have been subjected to slight random adjustments of numbers in small cells.

Each Census characteristic is represented by a 3-character alphabetic mnemonic (see below). Each characteristic may, however, have a variety of classifications, and each classification version is represented by a 2-digit numeric code added to the mnemonic. For example, BPL01 shows 102 categories of country of birth, whereas BPL30 shows only "Australian born", "Overseas born" and "Not Stated" categories.

This catalogue allows you to:

  1. IDENTIFY tables containing characteristics of interest from the 180 or so tables produced from the 1981 Census.
  2. Check the classification versions and examine frequency distributions for each variable.
  3. If, after checking the available tables, you wish to obtain a copy of the table for analysis or require a printed output from any table, contact the ASSDA by e-mail specifying your exact table needs.

Select one or more characteristics - eg OCC, IND, AGE, SEX - and click on "Search" button. Use "Reset" to clear any previously selected search fields. A list of tables containing ALL of the selected characteristics will be shown.

A AGE Age ALM Mortgage payments - total monthly
ALS Age left school
B BED Bedrooms - number of BPF Birthplace of father
BPL Birthplace of individual BPM Birthplace of mother
BPP Birthplace of parents
C CCS Capital city/balance of state CDO Collection district of origin
CIT Country of citizenship
D DUR Duration of marriage DZA Journey to work study area
DZL Journey to work - destination zones aggregated to LGA's DZN Journey to work - destination zones
E EDI Educational institution - whether attending ENG English language - use of
F FHD Family head identifier FIN Family income
FMC Family classification FNO Family number
G G1LGA8 Lgas of 20,000+ persons G1LGM1 Lga's in hunter stat div
GDSS Dept social security regions GLGAT Social security tax zones
GLGB Lgas of 20,000+ persons GLGF Lgas of 5000+ persons
GLGF2 Lgas in Victoria of 5000+ persons GLGT Lgas with 1000+ persons
GLGT2 Lgas in Victoria of 1000+ persons GNG Public / private sector employer
GSTAT Statistical divisions GSTD Statistical divisions in state
H HIN Household income HRS Hours worked
I IMD Occupants of dwellings INC Individual income
IND Industry IUT Income unit type
L LAR Living arrangements of persons
M MMO Married more than once MST Marital status
N NFP Number of persons in primary family NOC Nature of occupancy
NOF Number of families in household NPD Non-private dwelling type
O OCC Occupation OZN03 WA town planning zones - origin
P PER Period of residence in Australia
Q QAL Level and field of qualification
R RAC Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin REL Religion
REV Resident (Australia) / visitor status RLC Usual LGA of residence - 1981
RLF Relationship to family head RLN Type of occupant(NPD)
RLO Usual LGA of residence - 1980 RLV Usual LGA of residence - 1976
RMC Usual residence 1981 RMO Internal migration indicator - 1980, '81
RMV Internal migration indicator - 1976, '80, '81 RNT Amount of rent paid weekly
RSC Usual state of residence - 1981 RSO Usual state of residence - 1980
RSV Usual state of residence - 1976 RUN Reason dwelling unoccupied
S SCS Section of state SEX Sex
STC Occupational status STE State
STR Structure of dwelling
T TIS Total issue (number of children born) TOT Total number of rooms in private dwellings
TPT Travel to work - method of
V VEH Motor vehicles - number of
Y YOQ Year qualification obtained


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