2089.0 - Planning the 2021 Census, Australia  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/09/2019  First Issue
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How we process Census data

The ABS aims to collect and process the information you provide on your Census form quickly and accurately. The way we manage this is vital to ensure high quality statistics.

We record when the ABS receives your Census form so our field staff only contact households that haven’t responded. This helps ensure coverage of all households. As with previous Censuses, a secure Data Capture Centre will be established to receive paper Census forms. A separate Data Operations Centre will process the information collected from all digital and paper Census forms.

As part of our data processing approach, we take many steps to ensure we correctly capture information from all forms we receive. A variety of quality assurance measures will be implemented throughout the data processing cycle. This is critical for providing accurate and high quality statistics for government, researchers and the community.

The ABS plans to start releasing Census data from mid-2022.