Aboriginal stars show their support for the Census during NAIDOC week

8 July 2011 | NSW/36

To celebrate NAIDOC week the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) held a morning tea for Elders and 2011 Census Aboriginal advocates on Tuesday 5 July at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence.

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Centre Jamal Idris, GenerationOne spokesperson Madeleine Madden, Sydney Swans Co-Captain Adam Goodes and teammates Byron Sumner and Lewis Jetta all attended the morning tea and have thrown their support behind the 2011 Census on Tuesday, 9 August 2011.

Adam Goodes says that it's really important that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are accurately counted in this year’s Census.

“Decisions that are made based on Census information will affect your everyday lives, so it is really important that everyone is counted."

"Remember, the information you give about yourself and your family is kept completely private and is protected by law. No other government agency will ever see your answers."

“So help shape your community’s future and make sure you and your family are counted in this year’s Census," Mr Goodes says.

From 29 July an army of Census Collectors will pound the pavement to deliver Census forms to every household in Australia.

The ABS has employed local Aboriginal staff across NSW who will be available to help those who need assistance filling out their form.

For more information visit www.abs.gov.au/census.