The how and why of the Census
The census is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS and one of the most important.
The ABS provides the public with an overview of the process through publications, the Internet and the media, in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the census.
The publication How Australia Takes a Census (2903.0), released in October this year, is available from the ABS web site and provides concise information on the history of the census, and the plans for the 2001 Census. It summarises the collection processes and touches on the special procedures for collection of census data from indigenous people and ethnic groups.
How Australia Takes a Census (2903.0) includes information on new issues pertaining to the 2001 Census, such as the retention of the census forms, the latest technology being used in processing the forms, and the data products that are expected to be released.
A copy of the 2001 Census Household form questionnaire and the household help guide are included to help you understand why certain data are requested. The help guide also provides examples of how census information is used to build a better Australia.
A very useful publication for general interest and good reference material for those who use the census data in detail.
If you would like a complimentary hard copy of the publication How Australia Takes a Census (2903.0) (normally rrp $10.00) please call Census Marketing on 1800 813 939 (toll free) or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your postal details.
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This page last updated 25 July 2007