What you need to know about Census 2016

homeThe Census of Population and Housing, aka the Census, is Australia’s largest collection of statistical data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Everyone in the country will be asked to help contribute on Census night next week to help provide a snapshot of the country and its citizens.

When is the Census?

The Census will occur on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The last Census took place 5 years ago, in 2011.

How do you complete the Census?

For the first time this year, the Census will be digitally focused. Unlike other years, there won’t be any household doorknocks to deliver census forms. There will simply be a letter in the mail containing a personal online login, or a request for paper forms for those who would still prefer to fill out the Census using a pen and paper.

The Census must be completed in English, however services are available for those who speak another language.

The ABS expects about 16 million people to head to their computers, smartphones and tablets to complete the Census, which is close to 70 per cent of Australia’s population.

Why do we have a Census?

For more than 100 years, the Census has provided Australia with valuable information about the Australian population.

The government and other organisations can use the data collected from the Census to help inform them when planning for the future.

Census can inform policy makers on where funding should go for services such as infrastructure, health and education, and it also helps us get a better picture about social and cultural trends and needs.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about Census 2016, visit www.census.abs.gov.au.

Keep in mind that everyone needs to take part and fines apply to those who don’t.