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OVERVIEW OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION
OVERVIEW OF SUBMISSIONS
In total, 450 submissions were received, with 315 published with consent on the ABS Consultation Hub.
Around 90 submissions suggested changes to standards, classifications or Census procedures and have been referred to the relevant sections of the ABS for further consideration. A small number of submissions also suggested changes already adopted in Census design.
The remaining 355 submissions addressed changes to Census topics.
Who made submissions?
Submissions were received from a range of private, public and community sector organisations including government departments across all levels of government, businesses, community groups, industry bodies/associations, and educational institutions (including academics and researchers). Fifty-eight submissions were received from individuals. A summary of the source of submissions is provided at Table 1.
What did the submissions say about Census topics?
Submissions suggested changes or additions to 37 of the 47 topics that were included in the 2016 Census and nominated 36 new topics to be included in the 2021 Census.
All topics, proposed and existing, have been aligned within 13 Census themes. The number of submissions received on Census topics grouped within these themes is provided at Table 2.
2Other topics include Australian Defence Force service, sexual orientation and several topics with one submission.
3This number is higher than the number of submissions received. This figure reflects that some submissions addressed more than one Census topic and have been recorded against each separate topic.
First assessment of the submissions
Each submission has been reviewed against the assessment criteria. The suggested changes for Census topics have also been reviewed to determine if needs could be met from existing data sources. Together, these assessments have resulted in a preliminary priority list of Census topics for further investigation.
Eight of the proposed new topics have been determined to warrant further consideration as outlined in Next Steps. These topics, listed below, are discussed in detail later in this report (see Topic Directions):
Five of the proposed new topics (listed below) are discussed in more detail later in this report although preliminary assessments have determined that they will not be further considered for inclusion in the 2021 Census.
Some new topic suggestions did not provide strong cases when assessed against the criteria. For some topics, the data can also be obtained from existing surveys or administrative sources. These topics, listed below, are not discussed in more detail and will not be considered further for inclusion in the 2021 Census.
Suggestions for changes to existing topics that will be further assessed for the 2021 Census are described in the Topic directions section.
Two topics are proposed to be removed. They are 'Household internet access' and 'Number of motor vehicles garaged'. These topics are discussed under the themes of Housing and Transport respectively.
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2007.0.55.001 - Census of Population and Housing: Topic Directions, 2021
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