Preparing for the Census – Census tests
Testing is an important part of the Census. Field tests help us check our processes to ensure the Census runs smoothly, people can participate easily and quality data is produced.
The first field test is scheduled for October 2019 in areas around Wagga Wagga, New South Wales and areas south of Brisbane, Queensland. This will test any impact on data quality from the proposed new and changed topics and questions. It will also test whether advising people they can complete the Census a few days before and after Census night has an impact on response rates or data quality.
In 2020 there will be a series of tests. These will test remote area strategies, and examine the operational readiness of our staff, systems, processes and vendors for the 2021 Census.
When you participate in the 2021 Census, you will have the opportunity to ensure your story is preserved as part of our national history.
If you agree, by marking your agreement on the Census form, the National Archives of Australia will preserve your information including your name and address in a highly secure Census time capsule for 99 years.
These storage arrangements are completely separate from the ABS storage of data and are managed by the National Archives of Australia. The information will be made available to family historians and researchers in 99 years.