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2011 CENSUS - YOUR CHANCE TO HAVE YOUR SAY

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While continuing to deliver more new and exciting products and services from the 2006 Census, the ABS is turning its attention to the next Census of Population and Housing to be held in August 2011.

The ABS are inviting public comment on the content and procedures of the next Census. The invitation to have a say in the way the nation’s largest statistical collection is undertaken is contained in the Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Content and Procedures, 2011 (cat. no. 2007.0).

This is the first in a series of information papers about the 2011 Census. It marks the first step in the public consultation process for 2011 and outlines ABS proposals for the next Census, including:
  • procedures for conducting the Census
  • arrangements to protect the privacy of individuals
  • measures to ensure the confidentiality of the information collected
  • topics to be included
  • topics under review, including new topic proposals
  • topics to be excluded.

How do I Make a Submission?

Users of Census data and interested members of the public are invited to make submissions on any aspect of the Census. Submissions can be lodged either online, electronically by email or in hardcopy. Submissions will close on 31 March 2008.

The Information Paper and Submission Form will be available on the ABS website (for free download) at http://www.abs.gov.au/websiteDBS/D3310114.nsf/home/2011censusviews. Information and guidelines about making a submission will also be available from the website.

What happens next?

Following the assessment of submissions and consultation meetings, recommendations on the content and procedures of the 2011 Census will be discussed with the Australian Statistics Advisory Council in late 2008. The ABS will then prepare a submission to the Australian Government during 2009. A final decision on the 2011 Census topics is expected to be made by the Australian Government in late 2009. The ABS will then release a further Information Paper outlining the final nature and content of the 2011 Census.
All individuals or organisations who have made submissions will be advised of the final outcomes.

For more information on the planned 2006 Census products and 2011 Census Topic Consultation information sessions, please visit the ABS website at http://www.abs.gov.au/.

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