ABS update – 2016 Census online form

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10 August 2016
Embargo: 06:45am (Canberra Time)
ABS update – 2016 Census online form

The 2016 online Census form was subject to four Denial of Service attacks yesterday of varying nature and severity.

The first three caused minor disruption but more than 2m forms were successfully submitted and safely stored.

After the fourth attack, just after 730pm, the ABS took the precaution of closing down the system to ensure the integrity of the data.

Steps have been taken during the night to remedy these issues, and I can reassure Australians that their data are secure at the ABS.

We expect to have a further update at 9am on the timing of the resumption of availability of the Census on line form.

ABS would remind Australians that they have plenty of time to complete the Census, to well into September, and again note that fines will not be imposed for completing the Census after Census night.

David W. Kalisch
Australian Statistician

10th August 6.45 am