2901.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Census Dictionary, 2016  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2016   
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The collection of names and addresses in the Census is a critical part of ensuring the quality and value of the Census.

Addresses are collected in the Census for a number of reasons, including:
  • the ability to release data for geographic areas, such as postal areas, states and territories, capital cities, towns, remote areas and many more
  • to ensure that no household is missed in the Census
  • to produce both usual residence and Census night population counts
  • to provide insights on the internal migration of people within Australia.

Following a consultation process and Privacy Impact Assessment, the ABS made the decision to retain the names and addresses collected on 2016 Census forms for up to 4 years. Addresses will be separated from the names, and only used to verify address information obtained from other data sources, enabling more efficient surveys and the creation of richer and more valuable statistics for Australians.

See also Confidentiality, Census Time Capsule, Name and Address Retention, Internal migration, Place of Enumeration, Place of Work (POWP), Usual residence.

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