Step-by-step guide to the Map your own data tool

The step-by-step guide to using the Map your own data tool is provided below. Please also refer to the requirements for your data information.

  1. Click on one of the three geography tabs - Postcode, SLA, LGA
  2. Click on Mapping Australian
  3. To commence loading your data:
    • Click on Show Map Controls & Upload My Data button at the top left of the screen.
    • Choose either Standard (single map - your map) or Double (two maps, your map and a map of a PHIDU indicator to compare with your data)
      Note: The PHIDU indicators include population data by sex and 5 year age groups and the ABS Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage.
  4. Give your data a name in the box provided (the default name is 'My Data')
  5. Click on the link Download the codes for this geo-type here and follow the instructions in the csv file that you open to add your data (eg type or paste it in against the area codes).
    • You must match your areas (eg postcodes) with those in the csv file.
    • Remove any areas in your list that are not in the csv file (advise us if you think there is a problem with the csv list).
    • Leave blank any areas in the csv that are not in your data.
    • Make sure you copy from the 'ID' cell as instructed, not from the 'NAME' cell.
      This example data file can be used to trial the Local Government Areas map. This will allow you to map the percentage of the population aged 15 to 24 years who were learning or earning at the 2016 Census.
  6. After pasting the data into the box, click on the Upload button.
    Note: This last step may take some time, with the ‘Loading attribute data' message staying on 0% - but it will then jump quickly to 100%.
  7. To save your data, click Save this Data View and choose to share with 'No-one' or with 'Everyone', then click Save. This view will now be accessible to you through the My Data Views tab.
  8. Once you have selected your data from the My Data Views tab, click on the Select data button and select your data from the drop-down list to populate the map (in the Double map template, repeat this in the second map to compare with an indicator from the PHIDU set).
  9. For options to print or export your map (including enlarging it), click the right mouse button; or, for further information on the features of the InstantAtlas mapping software, read the help files by clicking on the Help button on the right-hand-side of the map.
Further information

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