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Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 398. Updated Tuesday, 25 February 2014

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Exhibition shows how the Census counts

An exhibition celebrating 100 years of the Census has opened in Canberra.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in partnership with Questacon, the National Science and Technology Centre, launched The Census Experience on 20 February 2014.

The interactive touring exhibition allows visitors to engage, interact and explore data collected in the Census of Population and Housing.

Four interactive exhibits dissect and showcase local, State, Territory and Australian data, based on user interaction and inputs, including age, sex, occupation, ancestry, country of birth, language spoken at home, religion, method of travel to work and dwelling structure.

Set to tour across nation

Acting Australian Statistician, Jonathan Palmer said: "The exhibition is a celebration of the Census centenary and just one example of the way the ABS collect, manage and deliver information and statistics to inform public debate and enable effective decision-making."

The 16th Census took place on 9 August 2011 and marked 100 years of Census taking.

"Census data tells a fascinating story about the history of our nation, and the exhibition has generated discussion and offered some often surprising insights into our own backyard," said the Director of Questacon, Professor Graham Durant.

The exhibition is open to the public and will be at Questacon - The National Science and Technology Centre in Canberra until the end of March, before embarking on a national tour.

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