PROCESS AFTER SUBMISSIONS CLOSE
After the consultation closes, the ABS will commence assessment of the topic changes suggested in submissions using the assessment criteria. This will be accompanied by targeted stakeholder engagement and an extensive testing process to refine options and understand the quality impacts of changes. Where permission has been given to publish full submissions, they will also be available for others to see on the ABS Consultation Hub after 30 June 2018.
The ABS will publish a paper summarising the preliminary topic recommendations emerging from the consultation. Discussions will continue with data users as the recommendations are further developed and refined.
Recommendations for the topics to be collected by the 2021 Census will then be submitted for a decision by the Australian Government. Refinement and finalisation of the content will continue and a final decision will be published prior to the 2021 Census.