Australia's seventeenth national Census of Population and Housing will be held in August 2016, on a date yet to be determined. A significant amount of planning is devoted to each Census to ensure that the output reflects the information needs of Australians.
The 2016 Census will be the first predominantly digital Census for Australia, with the electronic form the primary mode of response and a greater digital engagement with the Australian public. The vision is for 2021 to move the Census even closer to being paper free and to investigate the collection of more detailed information for specific population groups, by tailoring a path through the electronic form based on their reported demographics.
The key goals for the 2016 Census are to:
- improve coverage
- ensure the relevance of the Census data to users and providers
- use resources effectively and efficiently
- protect the privacy of the public.
With the release of this paper, the ABS is inviting users of Census data and members of the public to make a submission on topics and/or other issues concerning the 2016 Census. It serves to:
- provide background information on the Census of Population and Housing
- describe the proposed procedures for the 2016 Census
- give an overview of Census topics
- set out proposed changes being considered for topics and questions in 2016
- assist you in participating in the 2016 Census consultation process.
The ABS encourages you to take this opportunity to make a submission by 31 May 2013. This will be a way of expressing your views on existing or new topics and influencing changes for the 2016 Census.
This information paper is the first in a series of papers in which the ABS will publish its views and seek comments in the lead up to the 2016 Census. Further publications will seek views about other aspects of the Census, including the output strategy, the classifications, and products and services to be produced.