Don't leave your completed Census form outside

12 August 2011 | CO/48

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reminding Australians not to leave their completed Census forms outside for collection.

Australia’s 29,000 Collectors have begun the massive task of collecting completed Census forms.

Head of the Population Census program, Paul Lowe says households need to take precautions to protect their privacy.

“If you chose to fill out a paper form on Census night, please have it ready for collection from today and hand it to your Census Collector in person when they come to collect your form.”

“Your Census form contains personal, confidential information. You would never leave your bank details unattended on your front step, so please don’t leave your completed Census form,” Mr Lowe adds.

All genuine ABS Census Collectors will be wearing visible photo identification when they collect completed Census forms. Census Collectors will also be carrying highly visible yellow satchels.

Census Collectors will not return to households who completed their Census form online using eCensus.

If you haven’t already completed your form, it is compulsory, so join the rest of Australia and shed some light on who we are.

If you haven’t received a Census form or need an eCensus Number you can request on at www.abs.gov.au/census.