2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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This publication outlines the nature and content of Australia's next Census, to be held on Tuesday 9 August 2016.

The ABS has a long and proud history of Census taking in Australia, and the 2016 Census will be the seventeenth national Census of Population and Housing. The Census is the largest collection the ABS conducts, and one of the most important.

The 2016 Census will introduce significant changes to the way the Census is conducted, with a move to a digital-first approach. Australia's first predominantly digital Census will be faster, more efficient and easier for the public.

The topics covered in the Census will remain stable in 2016, repeating those included in 2006 and 2011. The ABS will continue to look for opportunities to integrate Census data with other datasets to increase the range of insights provided and ensure the Census delivers maximum benefit to governments and the community.

The first data from the Census will be published in 2017. For information on all data published by the ABS, users should refer to the ABS website at www.abs.gov.au.

David W. Kalisch
Australian Statistician