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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is bound by the Census and Statistics Act 1905 to maintain the confidentiality of all information supplied to us.

The ABS privacy policy outlines how you can access and correct the personal details that you provide to us. It also explains how you can lodge a complaint if you believe the Australian Privacy Principles have been breached, and the steps the ABS will take to deal with your complaint. Please see for the ABS privacy policy.

The information you provide using ABS Online Survey is kept secure through the use of the strongest industry standard encryption technology that your web browser will support, and at no time will identifiable data be released by us.

To ensure that your information is delivered to us securely, we have used Transport Layer Security/Secure Socket Layer (TLS/SSL) technology with 128-bit encryption. To make use of this technology, you need to ensure that you have a web browser that supports TLS/SSL encryption, such as Internet Explorer version 7 or higher; Firefox version 3 or higher; Safari version 4 or higher; or Google Chrome 3 or higher.

Your User/Unit Identifier and Password are the keys to your information. To protect your information from unauthorised access by a third party, please ensure you keep these numbers safe.

The ABS website is accredited and maintained to Commonwealth Government internet security standards to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of information you provide to the ABS via ABS Online Survey. These standards meet or exceed the Australian Information Security Standard (AS/NZS 4444).

We have endeavoured to make ABS Online Survey as secure as possible. Before using ABS Online Survey it is important to consider the security of your own computer; for further information about increasing your safety online please see Online Security.

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