Countdown to Census

It is exactly one year to go until Australia’s 18th national Census.

The Census is a snapshot of Australia. It tells the story of who we are and how we are changing. This makes it one of the most important collections undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Count

Australian Statistician Dr David Gruen explained: “for the first time in Australia’s Census history, there will be a window of time to complete the Census, rather than a single night. This will make it easier for people to fill in their form at a time that best suits them.

“It’s important we meet modern expectations around convenience and ease of use, while delivering a system that is robust and secure. The 2021 Census is on track to do just that.”

People will be able to complete the Census online, on their mobile device, or on paper if they prefer. Help will be available for those who need it, including from Census field staff and phone and online services.

The ABS will also introduce new questions in the 2021 Census; the first changes to questions collected in the Census since 2006. The new questions are on long-term health conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, and on defence force participation.

“The Census delivers enormous value to all Australians and the data it produces seeks to reflect the changing information needs of Australia.”

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