1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Aug 2003  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/11/2003   
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CENSUS 2006: The Public Consultation Process

The ABS sought comment from the public and census data users about the content and procedures of the next census, to be conducted on Tuesday 8 August, 2006. The invitation to have a say in the way the nation’s largest statistical collection is undertaken was contained in an Information Paper, 2006 Census of Population and Housing, ABS Views on Content and Procedure (cat. no. 2007.0).

The Information Paper describes the proposed procedures for the 2006 Census and the topics that might be included. These include key issues such as:

  • examining the possibility of linking census data to other data sources to improve the usefulness of census data for statistical purposes
  • topics to be included in, or excluded from, the 2006 Census.

The paper explains ABS arrangements to protect the privacy of individuals and the confidentiality of the information supplied by them.

Public consultation is an essential part of ensuring that the Census is in the best position to meet the changing expectations of both the public and census users. This early consultation process enables views to be adequately considered in the lead up to the Census. 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 mid 2004.

The Information Paper is available via the ABS web site or can be obtained by contacting Roslyn Harvie by email: roslyn.harvie@abs.gov.au or phone (02) 6252 7542