2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/08/2015   
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Summary information on each Census Topic that relates to individuals (as opposed to households, families or dwellings) can be found in this section.

Each topic has its own page. Each of these pages includes

      • a brief description,
      • an indication of the history of the topic in the Census, and
      • a reproduction of the questions related to the topic, as they will appear on the 2016 Census Household Paper form, or the 2016 Census Personal Form if they are included only on the personal form.
Some pages also include
      • a comment, highlighting some aspect of the topic not covered by the parts above. These comments cover various types of information, such as interpretation of the data.


Referring to the images of the questions, it should be noted that the questions will look superficially different on the online form, although the same question is used. This is because of interactive elements in the online form, such as the insertion of the name of the person the question refers to into the question itself, or the fact that the online form runs through all questions for each person in turn.

In addition, the online form includes some targeted supplementary questions designed to improve the accuracy of answers to questions on occupation and industry of employment. Images of these supplementary questions are not included in this publication.

Another difference is that the online form begins with a question about the number of people in the dwelling on Census Night, and the number of people away from it. This question is included to assist in customising the online form for each household.