2903.0.55.002 - How Australia Takes a Census, 2006
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 01/08/2006 First Issue
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Building a picture of Australia's cultural wealth.
Census information tells us how many people there are in each part of Australia, what they do and how they live, as well as providing a detailed picture of the ethnic community make-up of Australia. The Census collects information for about 280 countries of birth, 240 languages and 120 religions across Australia.
Questions on the Census form about ancestry, religion, birthplace and languages spoken are used by governments and community organisations for forming policy, allocating resources and targeting services to particular cultural groups such as language support services.
The Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) endorses the Census. "Your help is vitally important for the future of our community," FECCA Chairperson Voula Messimeri said.
"It's important that the questions are answered accurately, especially the questions asking about your ancestry, country of birth, language spoken at home and religion. Please write your answer to these questions in the space provided if it is not listed on the form," said Ms Messimeri.
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