The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has started sending instructions on how to complete the Census to more than 10 million Australian households ahead of the Census on Tuesday 10 August.
Around 85 per cent of all households in Australia will receive a letter that explains how to complete online or how to order a paper form.
Some households will receive a paper form and a reply-paid envelope for its return. There are instructions on the paper form if they prefer to complete it online.
Andrew Henderson, Census Executive Director and National Spokesperson said, “please check your letterbox. We’re encouraging people to complete their Census, as soon as they receive their instructions, if they know where they will be on Tuesday 10 August.
“This means you don’t have to wait and complete on a single night. We know this flexibility will make it more convenient for people to complete.
“People will be able to complete the Census online, on their mobile device or on paper. We’re also making it as easy as possible for everyone to participate in the Census with a range of support and assistance available.”
ABS expects around 75 per cent of forms to be completed online this year, compared to 63 per cent in 2016. It will take the average household 30 minutes to complete the Census.
The 2021 Census campaign message is that ‘Every stat tells a story’ highlighting how Census data is used to guide services for individuals, families and communities.