2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Jul 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/07/2006   
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2006 Census is Coming

On 8 August this year, all households will be asked to make their contribution towards the head count of Australia. The Census not only provides a useful 'snapshot' of the Australian public, but it offers a valuable basis for future planning.

For 2006, several new questions have been added to the Census form, and it will also be possible to fill out the form online - the eCensus.

There will also be the opportunity for people to provide a legacy of information about living in 2006 - by being a part of a Time Capsule. People can opt-in to have their records kept for 99 years in the National Archives of Australia.

The Internet is the way of today and the future. With this in mind, the ABS has moved with the times to offer you a range of web-based products for Census statistics. A new, simplified interface will be in place July 2006 - giving you time to familiarise yourself before the 2006 data is released.

The ABS is striving to achieve the best possible outcome for the 2006 Census, in the interest of all Australians. It not only tells us the number of people living in each state/territory, but it offers an insight into how we live as Australians.

Paul Williams, Head of Census and Geography Branch at the ABS.