250 Census Collectors hit the streets of Sydney's Northern Beaches

29 July 2011 | NSW/89

250 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census Collectors will hit the streets of Sydney's Northern Beaches today to deliver Census forms to every home, hotel, houseboat, hospital and hostel and ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

Helping to kick-off the Census in (insert suburb when confirmed) is Manly Sea Eagles prop forward and 2011 Census Aboriginal Advocate, George Rose.

“There are a lot more people living on the Northern Beaches these days, everywhere you look new apartments are being built or people are renovating their homes," George says.

“Everyone wants to live in ‘god’s country’ and we certainly see that by the number of cars on the road each day.

“Sporting facilities, education, roads and health services are all planned using Census information so it’s really important that everyone on the Beaches accurately completes a Census form to help get the services we need."

NSW Census Director Mark Harding says the ABS expects that many people will take advantage of eCensus this year, a convenient online way to complete your Census form.

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

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

“The delivery process will take just over a week, with forms being delivered right up until 7 August," Mr Harding added.

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