2011 Census - shedding some light in a town near you

21 July 2011 | CO/29

Just like the song, the Census goes ‘everywhere man’.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will count communities in all of Australia’s small and isolated towns on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August 2011.

A team of Census Collectors have been employed 2,950 kilometres north-west of Perth at the Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Head of the Population Census program, Paul Lowe says scientists at Mawson’s Huts, an Australian research base in Antarctica will also complete the Census on 9 August.

“Logistically we’ve had to be really organised. Census forms and eCensus envelopes were shipped to Antarctica in January,” Mr Lowe says.

This year scientists working for Australia’s Antarctic Division at Davis Station, Casey Station, Mawson Station and Macquarie Island will complete their Census forms online using eCensus.

“The eCensus option makes it easier to accurately measure the number of scientists in Antarctica and their key characteristics,” Mr Lowe says.

It’s expected that 30 per cent of the population will use the eCensus.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.

Key Census dates:

  • 28 July 2011 – eCensus opens to the public.
  • 29 July 2011 – Distribution of Census forms begins.
  • 9 August 2011 – Census night.
  • From 10 August – Collection of Census forms.
  • June 2012 – The first results from the 2011 Census will be released.