Census night is on Tuesday 10 August 2021. The Census is the most comprehensive snapshot of the country and tells us about the economic, social and cultural make-up of the country.
Andrew Henderson, Census Executive Director and National Spokesperson said, “With exactly 100 days to go it’s a good time to reflect on the enormous value the Census provides. It’s not just about counting people and households. The Census does so much more.
“Every stat tells a story. It shows a community’s strengths and what’s needed to help them continue to grow. Transport, schools, health care, roads and buildings are just some of the services Census data helps.
“For example, Cancer Council ACT uses Census data to target the right demographic groups with education and prevention initiatives to achieve its vision of a cancer-free future.
“Wheatbelt Business Network uses Census data to help members develop their business and support their small towns.
“And Casey Cardinia Libraries in Victoria uses Census data to help identify language needs in the local community. Community members can now access a bilingual book collection and other relevant activities and programs,” Mr Henderson said.
With such important outcomes relying on good quality data the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has been preparing to deliver a Census that helps ensure everyone in Australia has an opportunity to participate.
“We’re providing more options for people to complete their Census at a time that suits them. You will be able to fill in your form online, on your phone, tablet, or laptop, or use a paper form if you prefer,” Mr Henderson said.
“We also have a lot of support in place to provide people with any extra help they need. This includes our Census field staff, phone and online services, Census information hubs in public places to answer peoples’ questions and translated material.
“The Census is a big job and we’re ready for it,” Mr Henderson said.