1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Jun 2006  
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will conduct the 15th national Census of Population and Housing on 8 August 2006. Census collectors will drop off a census form at every household in Australia in the two weeks prior to Census night and will return to pick up a completed Census form between 9 and 28 August 2006. Alternatively, people will have the option of completing their Census form electronically via the Internet.

After extensive consultation, new questions about unpaid work and need for assistance have been introduced for the 2006 Census.

The Unpaid Work questions cover unpaid domestic work, unpaid care for someone due to a disability, long-term illness or old age, unpaid child care, and voluntary work. These questions will assist in understanding the contribution of unpaid work to Australian society. They will help in the planning of local facilities and services, such as day care and occasional care, and in the provision of information and support to carers.

The Need for Assistance questions aim to measure the number of people who need help with everyday activities such as self care, getting out of bed or moving around the home, and communicating with others. Understanding the number of people requiring assistance or supervision in these areas will provide a picture of the level of assistance needed, and will assist in the planning of local facilities and services.

For more information about the Census, log onto <www.abs.gov.au/census>

If you think that you can use some of our posters and materials (including translated information) to promote the Census, please contact Andrew Bradley on (02) 9268 4308, or the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070, email client.services@abs.gov.au.