Public comment on 2001 census invited, Mar 1998

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March 10, 1998
Embargoed: 11:30 AM (AEST)
Public comment on 2001 census invited

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is asking for public comment into the nature and content of the next census, which will be held on Tuesday 7 August 2001.

The invitation to have a say in the way the nation's largest statistical collection is undertaken is contained in an information paper, 2001 Census of Population and Housing, ABS Views on Content and Procedures, released today by the ABS. This marks the first step in the public consultation process for the 2001 Census.

The Information Paper describes the proposed procedures for the 2001 Census and the topics that might be included. The paper also explains ABS arrangements to protect the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of the information supplied by them.

Users of census data and others are invited to comment on any aspect of the conduct and content of the census, using the Submission Guidelines & Authorisation document included with the Information Paper. Submissions are sought by 30 April, 1998.

Responses, including the advice of the Australian Statistical Advisory Council, will be used in preparing a final plan to be submitted to the Federal Government in early 1999.

The 2001 Census coincides with the centenary of the Australian Federation and a new millennium. These are events of great historical significance and the results from the census would be a valuable national resource.

Copies of the Information Paper and submission forms may be obtained from Judy Aitkin, Tel: (02) 6252 7542.