2089.0 - Planning the 2021 Census, Australia  
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Completing the Census

Every household, which may be comprised of one or more people, and each individual in a non private dwelling, such as a hotel, is required to complete the Census.

Completing the Census online

Most households (around 85%) will receive a Census letter, either by post or delivered by a Census field officer. This letter will include a unique Census online code for each dwelling and instructions on how to complete the online Census form. People will visit the Census website, enter their Census online code, create a password, and then start the Census.

Completing a paper Census form

A paper Census form will be delivered to the remaining dwellings, those in areas where we do not have accurate addresses, areas that do not have reliable internet access, or where we consider people are more likely to respond on a paper form. Alternatively, paper forms can be requested online or by calling the automated Census Paper Form Request Service which will be established in 2021.

A reply-paid envelope will be provided for the return of the completed Census paper form.

Requesting a private Census form

Some people may prefer to keep their Census information private from people they live with. We can send instructions on how to complete the Census online, or a separate paper form, for those who prefer to complete the Census as an individual rather than as part of a household.

Away from home in August 2021

Some people will be away from home on Census night. They should complete their Census where they are staying on Census night. People who are overseas on Census night are not required to complete the Census. We will provide details closer to the time about what to do if no one is staying at home on Census night.