2007.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Topics, 2021  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 03/04/2018   
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  • How to lodge a submission
  • FAQs


To express your views on what should be collected in the 2021 Census, including suggestions on new topics to be added or existing topics to be removed or modified, you should make a formal submission by 30 June 2018.

The submission will require basic contact details about you or your organisation as well as evidence to support your suggested changes. The information provided in submissions will be assessed across seven criteria, though responses do not need to cover all criteria.

Where relevant, we encourage you to work with organisations with similar suggestions to put in a joint submission. There is a question on the form to acknowledge the contribution of other organisations to the submission. Note that the recommendation and prioritisation of topics for the 2021 Census will be determined by the quality and evidence base of the overall responses to the criteria, rather than the number of submissions received on each topic.

It is not recommended that submissions include suggestions on question wording as this will be explored at a later date as recommendations are refined.


1. Go to the ABS Consultation Hub.

2. Choose the 'Consultation - Review of 2021 Census Topics'.

3. Read the information on the Overview page. A Microsoft Word version of the Submission form is available at the bottom of the Overview page to use for information and drafting prior to making a submission.

4. To access the online submission form click on 'Enter consultation'.

5. Complete the required sections – ‘Consent to Publish’ and ‘Contact details’.

6. Write a short summary of the views to be expressed in the submission. Choose the topic of your submission, and open the link to the supporting topic brief for information and context.

7. Give reasons to support your views on topic suggestions or changes by responding to the seven assessment criteria. It is not mandatory to respond to all criteria.

8. Before submitting your response, use the ‘First’ button to review all your answers. Once you have pressed ‘Submit Response’ you will not be able to make changes.

9. If your organisation requires you to make your submission on letterhead or with your leader’s endorsement, you can upload a PDF or Microsoft Word file at the end of the process.

10. Press 'Submit Response' button and receive confirmation of your submission and a PDF copy of your submission by email.

If you want to submit your views another way:

Download Microsoft Word version of the consultation questions, complete and email to census.content@abs.gov.au or mail back to:

    Census Topic Review
    GPO Box 9817
    Brisbane QLD 4001


Information provided in the submissions will be used for reporting purposes related to the consultation and for development of recommendations for 2021 Census topics. However no reference to individual people who have been involved in lodging the submission will be made. In the interests of transparency, the ABS will make submissions publicly available after the close of the process. If you do not want your submission to be made public, please indicate this in the consent to publish section. If your submission identifies or names an organisation or individual other than yourself, please consider obtaining their consent prior to agreeing for the ABS to publish your submission.