Australian Bureau of Statistics
2006 Census: A detailed breakdown of those counted in the Census
The Census includes all people who are in Australia on Census Night, except diplomats from overseas countries. The ABS counts people wherever they happen to be on Census Night.
Homeless people (Each state and territory ABS office seeks the assistance of organisations servicing the homeless population in order to ensure homeless people are counted).
People outside but normally resident in Australia who are not subject to outbound migration formalities, such as those on oil and gas rigs off the Australian coast. (ABS offices coordinate counts with the companies concerned. Forms can be sent over on company helicopters for example).
All children, including newborn babies born on Census Night before midnight (hospitals are briefed about the requirements).
People working or living on boats in Australian waters; (ABS works with companies and ports to ensure counts are undertaken).
People in detention centres; (Census counts are taken from administrative information).
People in jail; (Census counts are taken from administrative information).
Transport drivers on the road; (ABS works with transport companies to ensure drivers are aware of requirements and also has forms available in roadhouses in more remote areas).
Naval personnel on board ships away from Australia; (ABS works with the Defence Forces to ensure all personnel are included in the Census).
People in hospitals and institutions; (ABS appoints special Collectors to undertake Census work).
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This page first published 8 February 2006, last updated 24 July 2008