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Computer in a government office, 1965

This is a black-and-white photograph of 1965 showing an early computer used in Australia by the Australian Government Bureau of Census and Statistics. The photo shows three workers, the operator's desk and a bank of reel-to-reel tapes against the wall.


Computer used for 1966 Australian Census, 1965

This is a black-and-white photograph showing an early computer used in Australia for compiling the results of the 1966 Census. Taken in 1965, the photo shows two workers, the operator's desk and a bank of reel-to-reel tapes against the wall.


Distribution of blankets to Indigenous people in Brisbane, 1863

This pen-and-wash sketch, dated 24 May 1863, shows the distribution of blankets to Indigenous men and women in Brisbane, Queensland. A group of Indigenous people, mostly men, are waiting in line or sitting off to the side as police distribute blankets in front of the Police Magistrate's Court. There appear to be two mounted ...

Teacher resource

Countries of birth

This is a web resource that includes four student activities about data interpretation, accompanied by a teacher guide for each activity. Activities include investigating changes in country of birth by collecting and displaying data from students, their parents and grandparents and comparing the 1901 and 2006 Australian ...

Teacher resource

Sampling from a population

This is a website designed for both teachers and students that refers to sampling from a population and taking a census from the Australian Curriculum for year 8 students. It contains material on cross-sections of sampling and how the means and proportions of samples vary. There are pages for both teachers and students. ...

Mobile app

Run That Town (iOS App)

Run That Town is a strategy game that lets players use real 2011 Census data in the context of simulated community level decision making. It assists players to make connections between the value of relevant data and making informed decisions. Players can decide for themselves how much time they spend in the game. This is ...

Mobile app

ABS Stats (iOS App)

This is an app that provides ABS data at your fingertips. There are three sections to this app: Key Indicators (including economic indicators and population estimates), Census data (2011 information and facts related to people, families and dwellings) and Population (a population clock which displays the current population ...

Teacher resource

A mathematical focus on 'Choose your own statistics'

This teaching resource demonstrates ways in which real data can be interpreted and analysed. It is based on the interactive learning resource Choose your own statistics, in which data is presented as infographics, graphical representations and tables. The focus of the supporting teaching and learning activities is on analysing ...

Teacher resource

Using ConCensus for mathematical enquiry

This teaching resource demonstrates ways in which real Australian Census data (in this case data from the 2011 Census placed into the ConCensus interactive) can be interpreted and analysed. Population data is presented both in numbers and as a percentage. The representations include data visualisations, graphs and tables. ...

Interactive Resource


Bring Australian statistics to life with ConCensus – a data visualisation game which allows you to interact with real data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census. ConCensus presents population data as numbers, as a percentage and as representations such as data visualisations, graphs and tables. Use data from ...

Interactive Resource

Choose your own statistics

Explore the way in which statistics are presented using a wide range of graphs types for ten topics related to human rights. Customise and publish graphs and download data to a spreadsheet program such as Excel to enable further exploration.

Teacher resource

reSolve: Statistics - Student Profiling

In this sequence of two lessons, students critically assess the Census@School 2014 Questionnaire and make decisions on how they would analyse the data given the types of questions and response. They describe the life of a single participant using their survey data and use a range of statistical tools to compare their participant ...