2011 Census launched in the ACT

29 July 2011 | NSW/39

The 2011 Census has been officially launched in the ACT today by the Chief Minister, the Hon Katy Gallagher MP, in a short ceremony at the new state-of-the-art Gungahlin College.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Regional Director Stephen Collett says that Gungahlin College, which opened at the start the 2011 school year, was planned using 2006 Census data.

"Gungahlin College represents everything that the Census is about. Planning a brighter future for every community," Mr Collett says.

"This year I particularly encourage all Territorians to get on board and support the eCensus.

"I'm completing the Census online this year using eCensus and I want the ACT to achieve the highest eCensus take-up rate once again."

The ACT had the highest take-up rate of all the states and territories in 2006, with 17.15 per cent using the eCensus, compared to approximately nine per cent nationally.

"This year we expect at least 30 per cent of the Australian population, and perhaps even more Territorians, will choose the eCensus option.

“Completing your Census online is quick and easy, plus, once submitted, your Census Collector will be alerted by SMS and will not have to return to your house.

"From today Canberra's 360 Census Collectors start pounding the pavement to deliver eCensus access codes and paper forms to every household," Mr Collett says.

"Expect a knock on your door shortly from your local Census Collector with their trademark yellow satchel bag and photo identification."

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