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These groups include:
For each of these groups special strategies are deployed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to ensure the Australian Census counts everyone in Australia on Census night.
In 2011, the ABS hopes to build on the success of the 2006 eCensus pilot, an option that provides respondents with an alternative to the traditional paper form. The eCensus application has been designed to work on commonly used computer technology and be accessible for everyone. It should only take about 24 minutes to complete the eCensus form for an individual, plus ten minutes for each additional person.
The eCensus website will be open from 28 July 2011 and although it is possible to complete the eCensus from that point onwards, it should be completed on Census night. It is expected that 25% of the population (and hopefully up to 40%) will choose the eCensus option. The ABS has taken measures to ensure that there is plenty of reserve capacity to cope with the anticipated traffic.
For further reading, see the Census of Population and Housing page on the ABS website or How Australia takes a Census, 2011 (cat. no. 2903.0).
On 22 February, 2011, the ABS published Census of Population and Housing: Outcomes from the 2011 Census Output Geography Discussion Paper, 2011 (cat. no. 2911.0.55.003). This summarises plans for output from the 2011 Census and was a follow-up to Discussion Paper: Census of Population and Housing - ABS Views on 2011 Census Output Geography (cat. no. 2911.0.55.002).
The paper confirmed that the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Statistical Local Area geography will be supported as a transitional unit for 2011 Census data; however, 2016 Census data will only be available under the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) areas. Additionally, the ABS will continue to provide a wide range of census data for Local Government Areas, including Place of Work, Address 1 Year Ago and Address 5 Years Ago. Data for Local Government Areas will continue to be supported.
Community Profiles received a substantial amount of feedback; particularly, the Time Series Profile and the Indigenous Profile. The Time Series Profile will contain 2001, 2006 and 2011 Census data. They will be available for ASGS Statistical Areas 2, 3 and 4, as well as Local Government Areas, States/Territories, Australia and the ASGC-defined Statistical Local Areas.
The Indigenous Profile will contain Census data relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, with some possibilities for comparison with the non-Indigenous population. Indigenous Profiles will now be available for an expanded range of geographies. They were originally proposed to be available for Australia, State, Capital City, Remoteness Area, Local Government Area and the Indigenous Structure of the ASGS, but will now also be available for Statistical Area levels 2, 3 and 4 and for Statistical Local Areas.
The paper also includes information about Estimated Resident Population, 2011 Census Output Geography, and ASGS implementation. A particularly useful feature for Census data users is the section, 'Products by Geographic Availability', which shows the final range of products that will be available for the various levels of ABS and non-ABS geography.
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