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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Name and address retention
The ABS will retain the names and addresses collected on 2016 Census forms for up to 4 years.
After data collection and processing, the ABS will remove names and addresses from other personal and household information. Names and addresses will be stored securely and separately from one another, until they are destroyed in August 2020 or earlier. The ABS will destroy names and addresses when there is no longer any community benefit to their retention or four years after collection (i.e. August 2020), whichever is earliest. No one working with Census data will be able to view personal information (name or address) at the same time as your Census responses (such as age, sex, occupation, level of education or income).
The names will be used to generate anonymised keys that can be used to combine existing data sets to create richer and more valuable statistics for Australians. The new datasets will not contain names.
The 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.
The existing practices and obligations of the ABS will ensure that no information will be released in a way that would enable users of Census data to identify any individual or household. The ABS never has and never will release identifiable Census data.
See also Address. Census Time Capsule, Confidentiality, Name.