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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During 2014, a comprehensive consultation program will provide Census data users with an opportunity to suggest improvements and to propose new Census products and services to meet emerging needs.


The 2016 Census will be conducted on an actual location basis. As in 2006 and 2011, standard products from the 2016 Census are expected to be released based on where people usually live (place of usual residence), with later release of ‘as enumerated’ data.


Most classifications to be used in the 2016 Census will be similar to those used in the 2011 Census. These will be reviewed in the lead up to 2016. Comments will be sought on these at the time of each review. Some new and revised classifications will also be necessary to reflect changes in the Australian social environment and to describe new topics introduced to the Census.


In recent Censuses, data have been released in multiple stages. It is expected that this will again be the case for the 2016 Census, however the composition and timing of each stage will be reviewed in order to improve the value received from the data.


An integral step in understanding the quality of the Census count is to evaluate under-enumeration. For this purpose a Post Enumeration Survey will be conducted soon after Census Night.

Further detailed evaluation studies will be conducted to provide users of Census data with information about data quality, and to provide feedback for improvements for the following Census.