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1300.1.55.001 - Statistics News NSW, Sep 2007  
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2011 Census - Your Chance to Have a Say 2011 CENSUS – Your Chance To Have A Say

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

The ABS will soon be 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 in the Information Paper: 2011 Census of Population and Housing: ABS Views on Content and Procedures(cat. no. 2007.0) to be released 26 October 2007.

This is the first in a series of information papers about the 2011 Census, and marks the first step in the public consultation process for 2011, outlining 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?

Submissions can be lodged either online, electronically by email or in hardcopy. The submission period will open from 26 October 2007 to 31 March 2008. Users of Census data and interested members of the public are invited to make submissions on any aspect of the Census.

The Information Paper, Submission Form and guidelines for making a submission will be available on the ABS website (for free download) at 2011censusviews from 26 October 2007.

Information Sessions on 2006 Census products and 2011 Census Topic Consultation are planned for Sydney 12 and 13 October, and Newcastle 15 October. These meetings are open to all interested members of the public and provide an opportunity to hear more about plans for the next Census, meet ABS staff and ask questions. For further information about the 2011 Census Topic Consultations in NSW please contact Yvette Walker on (02) 9268 4551 or email

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 later in 2008. The ABS will then prepare a submission to the Federal Government during 2009. A final decision on the 2011 Census topics is expected to be made by the Federal 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.

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