The Australian Bureau of Statistics used G-NAF to support the planning for conduct of the 2011 Census.
Location based data is a critical input for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) in the conduct of the Census, the largest peace time operation undertaken in Australia. The master dataset the ABS draws on for location information is PSMA Australia's G-NAF, Australia's national geocoded address file.
To deliver the 2011 Census, the ABS engaged more than 29,000 census collectors to distribute 14.2 million census forms to nearly ten million Australian households.
G-NAF supported the ABS in planning the census collectors' workloads, with each collector being allocated responsibility for delivering and collecting forms from about 500 households in cities or about 200 households in regional areas. The information is based on location, not individual identity. To protect privacy, G-NAF does not contain any personal information such as names or business types.
PSMA Australia has a strong connection to national Census taking in Australia, with the 2011 Census being the fourth Census where PSMA Australia has provided support to the ABS. PSMA Australia was originally formed as a joint venture between Australia's government mapping agencies to provide a national street-level digital map database to support the 1996 Census. This involved integration of Australia's first multi-resolution, digital, national topographic dataset.