Insights on migrants from integrated 2016 Census data

Stream: Australia’s welfare / social data
Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Time: 10.45 am – 12.25 pm


The 2016 Australian Census of Population and Housing is a rich source of data that provides a wealth of information about migrants in Australia. However, there are certain important policy questions about the migration characteristics of people born overseas that the Census alone cannot answer. The integration of Census with Australian Government administrative data on migrants enables the creation of detailed information by visa for the evaluation of migrant programmes and services as well as to inform evidence-based policy. The Australian Census and Migrants Integrated Dataset (ACMID) brings together information from the 2016 Census with Australian Government settlement records for permanent migrants (i.e. Skilled, Family, Humanitarian and Other Permanent visa streams) who arrived in Australia between 1 January 2000 and 9 August 2016. The Australian Census and Temporary Entrants Integrated Dataset (ACTEID) brings together information from the 2016 Census with Australian Government temporary visa holder records (i.e. Temporary Work Skilled subclass 457, Students, Working Holiday Makers and Special Category New Zealand citizen subclass 444, Other Temporary visa holders) who were present in Australia on Census night (9 August 2016). These datasets significantly contribute to the pool of available data on permanent migrants and temporary entrants in Australia. Information can provide insights into the socio-economic outcomes and contributions of migrant subgroups by fine geographical levels. This presentation will provide an overview of the 2016 ACMID and 2016 ACTEID and present some policy relevant findings.


Lev Makaev (Presenter), Australian Bureau of Statistics
Dr Lev Makaev is a senior analyst and data integrator in the National Migrant Statistics Unit in the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). He is a part of the team that released the first integrated datasets pertaining to permanent migrants and temporary entrants and has been at the forefront of data integration in the ABS. He has worked extensively with stakeholders across all levels of government and the private sector to deliver statistical solutions to meet information and policy needs.