Towns in Time is a compilation of time series data for Victoria's towns covering the years 1981 to 2011. The data is based on Census data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Towns in Time presents 2011 data for the 2011 definition of each town, together with data under the 2006 definition for 2006 and earlier years. A map showing the difference in the town's boundaries between 2006 and 2011 is attached to each data sheet. It is recommended the user assess this concordance when using time series data.

In 2011, the introduction of mesh blocks as the unit of collection made exact concordance with previous censuses impossible. (Previous products have concorded all historical data to the latest available town boundaries.) However, after analysing the 2011 and 2006 town boundaries, approximate concordances appear reasonable.

Towns in Time database 2001-2011

Towns in Time database (Excel, 1.3 MB) and Towns in Time database by region (Excel, 1.8 MB) contains summary data for each town from the 2001, 2006 and 2011 Censuses, plus an explanation of geographic definitions and concordances, and detailed data sources.

Towns in Time index

Towns in Time index (Excel, 71.7 KB) provides a full list of the towns included in Towns in Time 2011 - searchable by town name, town size, Local Government or Victorian government region.

Data sheets for individual towns

Understanding the Towns in Time codes

  • A town name followed by '(SA1)' indicates that the town is not an urban centre and locality (UCL) according to the current ABS definition, and data has been presented for the most appropriate SA1.
  • A town name followed by '(MB)' indicates those towns which can only be identified in 2011 as mesh block(s). The data for 2011 for these towns is limited to total usual resident population and total dwellings.

Towns Across the Border 2011

Towns Across the Border 2011 (Excel, 1.3 MB) contains summary data for selected towns in New South Wales and South Australia which are of particular importance for Victorias regional economies.

Towns in Time is based on data made available through the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing.