2969.0.55.001 - Census Household Guide, 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/05/2006  First Issue
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Contents >> Collection of your form


There are three ways you can return your completed Census form:

  • Collector to pick up your paper form
  • Mail back your paper form (selected areas only), or
  • Completing an electronic Census form (eCensus).


For most households across Australia, your Collector will return to pick up your completed form between 9 and 28 August 2006.

If the Collector calls when you are not at home, they will leave a card giving an estimate of when they will return.
If your form has not been collected by 28 August 2006 please phone the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 362 883.

Don’t be concerned if the Collector doesn’t return straight away after Census Night, as your Collector has many forms to collect, and may not get to your home until later in the collection period.


In selected areas, we would like you to return your paper form by mail, or complete an eCensus form rather than wait for your paper form to be picked up.

If you live in one of these areas, you will have received a reply-paid mailback envelope and an information leaflet, along with this guide and your Census form.
If possible you should promptly mail or electronically return your form after Census Night.
Collectors will ONLY call back to your dwelling if they do not receive notification that your form has been returned, electronically or by mail.


Your Collector will be notified that you have submitted an eCensus form and will not return to collect your paper form, if all members of your household have completed an eCensus form.

If some members of your household want to use an eCensus form but others would prefer to use the paper form, please fill in the Persons Present table on the eCensus accordingly (see instructions on-line), so your Collector will know that a paper form still needs to be picked up.

If you encounter difficulties and are unable to successfully complete an eCensus form, use a paper form. Your Collector will return to pick up your completed paper form between 9 and 28 August 2006.

It is important to note:
  • The eCensus form is resumable. You can save a partly completed form and return at a later time to complete and submit it.
  • Once you have submitted an eCensus form you will be sent a receipt number. You should retain this as proof of submission.
  • Once your eCensus form has been submitted it cannot be retrieved from the system.
  • After submitting your eCensus form, please recycle any unused paper forms, along with other Census materials.

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