2007.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content and Procedures, 2016  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/11/2012   
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The review of all current topics may enable incorporation of appropriate new and revised topics on the Census to meet emerging needs. This will assist in optimising data relevance, whilst also considering the decreasing need for any current topics. As a result of this review, it is expected that some topics may be removed from the Census and that others may be included on a 10-yearly cycle.

The following topics are under consideration for exclusion from the 2016 Census.

Click on the topic below for more details or see Supporting Information on Topics.

Community Development Employment Program (CDEP)
This topic collects information about participation in the CDEP. It does not provide a national measure of participation in the program as data are only collected from selected discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The ABS considers that the significant changes to the structure of the program since 2009 limit the comparability of the Census time series and utility of this data.

Employment type
Information about employment type is used to understand the characteristics of the workforce and the extent of self-employment. Following a review of labour statistics standards, the employment type and status in employment classifications are being combined into a single output classification and the information will continue to be available from status in employment output (pending a decision on its priority). There will be no changes required to Census questions.

Number of children ever born
This topic is used for population projections and the assessment of changes in Australian fertility patterns. The ABS recommends that this topic returns to being collected on a 10-yearly cycle and consequently proposes that it not be included in the 2016 Census.

Number of motor vehicles garaged
Data on the number and distribution of vehicles have been used to assess parking and public transport requirements. However, the ABS understands that this topic has limited current use as a transport indicator and data from the Motor Vehicle Census may meet user requirements.