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2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Jul 2003  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/08/2003   
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The 2006 Census - Your chance to have a say

With many of the products and services from the 2001 Census now available, attention has already begun to focus on the next Census of Population and Housing expected to be held on Tuesday 8 August 2006.

Public consultation for the 2006 Census has begun with the release of the first in a series of Information Papers, 2006 Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Content and Procedures (cat. no. 2007.0) on 2 July 2003.

The Information Paper, available on the ABS web site at, describes the procedures for the 2006 Census and the topics that might be included. The paper also explains ABS arrangements to protect the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of the information supplied by them.

Users of census data and interested members of the public are invited to make submissions on any aspect of the conduct and content of the census, using the assessment criteria outlined in the Information Paper.

Submissions can be made electronically by email or in hardcopy. Submissions will be sought by 30 July 2003.

In addition to providing copies of the Information Paper to people and organisations with an interest in census data, the public will be notified of the release of the Information Paper through:

    • advertisements placed in major newspapers across the country
    • media releases
    • radio interviews and
    • the ABS web site.

Following assessment of submissions, recommendations on the nature and content of the 2006 Census will be discussed with the Australian Statistics Advisory Council later in 2003. All individuals or organisations who have made submissions will be advised of the results of these deliberations. The ABS will prepare a submission to the Federal Government during 2004 containing recommendations on the nature and content of the 2006 Census and release an information paper outlining the 2006 Census content.

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