2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Sep 1999  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/10/1999   
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2001 Census - User Consultation

Although the next Australian Census of Population and Housing will not take place until 7 August 2001, planning for this massive operation is already well underway. The ABS is currently in the midst of a large user consultation phase, to evaluate your reactions to the 1996 Census Output Program.

Based on the results of this consultation, the ABS will develop specific proposals for the 2001 Census Output Program, including the development of prototypes for 2001 Census products and services. These prototypes will be circulated for comment to Census Update readers in July 2000.

Qualitative market research into census clients' views on both the overall 1996 Census output strategy and specific 1996 Census products and services was conducted in April this year. A number of important issues were identified in this research including general endorsement of the data being released in two phases, the need for strict adherence to published release dates, and the growing demand for on-line access to data. The views expressed in this research have formed the basis of proposals outlined in ABS Views on Census Output Strategy.

In other 2001 Census developments, the first major test of the main systems and procedures used in conducting a census has recently taken place. The first major census 'test', in which 20,000 people participated, occurred on 10 August 1999. Forms from this test are currently being processed and the answers received will help to identify and iron out any bugs before the 'dress rehearsal', to be conducted in May 2000. The dress rehearsal will involve a complete test of every system and procedure to be used in conducting the 2001 Census.

Census Update will continue to keep you informed of 2001 Census developments in upcoming editions. If you have any comments or questions regarding ABS Views please: