3413.0 - Migrant Statistics News, Apr 2013  
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Although the next Census night is still over three years away planning for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing is well underway, and the ABS is inviting you to have your say.

While the public consultation process, which began in November 2012 with a series of public information sessions held around the country, is drawing to a close, there is still time to complete a submission.

The ABS is currently reviewing the 2016 Census content and field procedures, to ensure that the Census remains relevant in today’s society and continues to uphold its proud history of providing timely, high quality and relevant data for small geographic areas and population groups.

In November last year the ABS released a publication Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content and Procedures, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0) which outlined initial ABS views on topics and procedures to be included and reviewed for the 2016 Census.

Interested parties still have time to review the publication, which includes submission guidelines and criteria. Submissions can be made either online via the online submission form on the ABS website, or by downloading or requesting a paper form.

As part of the development process a 2016 Census submissions progress report, which provides an update on the 2016 Census of Population and Housing public consultation process and outlines key themes emerging from submissions received so far, will be provided in early May 2013.

Please note that the topic consultation process closes on Friday, 31 May 2013. The ABS will assess all submissions received against the established criteria, and make recommendations to the Government in mid-2014. The content of the Census is expected to be finalised by late 2014.

For more information on the 2016 Census public consultation process, or to lodge a submission visit www.abs.gov.au/census or call the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.