The Census of Population and Housing is a rich snapshot of all people living in the country on Census night and is the leading source of information for small population groups and areas.

The ABS produces a wide range of statistic to help us understand Australian families, communities, industry, and the economy and Census is a key part.

ABS statistics inform the planning and delivery of Government, and community services, business decisions and is a key source for important academic research.

Data collected in the 2016 Census will underpin Government funding to States, Territories and Local Governments and informs decisions related to schools, childcare centres, roads, healthcare and hospitals.

The next Census will be conducted in August 2021.


Census Newsletter

November 2018: Census Topic Directions: Special edition

September 2018: Second edition released
Learn about the release of the upcoming Census Topic Directions and how Census is helping services in regional South Australia,

August 2018: First edition of Census Update released
Learn about the 2021 Census design principles, status of our Review of Census topics and how your Census data is helping renters.

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Review of Census Topics

November 2018: ABS tests topics for 2021 Census to reflect changing nation

September 2018: Census Topic Directions to be released on 14 November.

July 2018:
Review of 2021 Census Topics: Close of public consultation
Summary: The ABS has closed its public consultation on 30 June 2018 and is currently reviewing the more than 350 submissions received through this consultation process.

May 2018: Mid consultation update – Review of 2021 Census Topics
Summary: The ABS is consulting on what information we should collect in the 2021 Census. Key areas of interest from the community have been regarding Occupation, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, Religion and Gender.

Census operations

September 2018: Census Digital Services Procurement
In September 2018, the ABS is approaching the market for an external supplier to provide a secure, fast and simple digital service for the 2021 Census.

September 2018: Sourcing the 2021 Census Temporary Workforce
Once every five years the ABS recruits to fill approximately 30,000 short term Census roles.

July 2018: Assessment of alignment between 2021 Census and SBTP
Summary: The ABS external assessment of what new SBTP capabilities would be ready and fit for use in the 2021 Census in order to reduce potentially duplicative or unnecessary expenditure on the 2021 Census.
ABS Systems Alignment Review - Analysis Findings - Executive Pack.pdf

June 2018: Temporary Workforce Service Provider Market Assessment
Summary: The ABS approached the market for options to engage our large casual Census workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the country.

Administrative Data Research

September 2018: Administrative Data Research
The ABS is researching how administrative data could improve the Australian Census.

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