2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Dec 2005  
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2006 Census Form revealed

Regulations associated with the taking of the 2006 Census were recently tabled in Parliament. To coincide with the tabling, the publication 2006 Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content (cat. no. 2008.0) has been released.

It describes the procedures for the Census and the topics that will be included and for the first time publically reveals the questions that will be asked on the 2006 Census form.

For 2006, there are new questions on need for assistance, unpaid work and type of Internet connection. A question on the number of children ever born will once again be asked, in line with the 10 year cycle for this question.

The publication also describes modifications to the labour force questions and revised approaches to collection and coding of age, industry and tenure type related questions. A new experimental level of geographic output called Mesh Blocks will be trialed in 2006.

The procedures for the 2006 Census have been determined after evaluation of the 2001 Census data and processes as well as extensive public consultation.

Further information about 2006 Census products and services will be published in the Directory of Census Statistics (cat. no. 2910.0) closer to the 2006 Census date.