1304.5 - Stats Talk WA (Newsletter), Dec 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 15/12/2006   
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Towards 2011, the next Census

2011 will mark one hundred years of the National Census in Australia. Planning has already commenced on ways to commemorate this historic and significant event. Certain aspects of the Census will not change, including:

  • Universal coverage - every person in Australia will be counted;
  • Self enumeration - most people will fill in their own forms; and
  • Special enumeration strategies for harder to count groups will continue.

Evaluation is currently underway on various aspects of the 2006 Census to assist planning for the 2011 Census. Tests , evaluations and recommendations from 2006 will all contribute to efficient and effective field procedures, form design and processing, and output for 2011. The ABS actively exchanges ideas and experiences with other statistical agencies on international best practice in the field of census taking. The aim is to understand and respond to social change in Australia, the evolving information needs of the community, and opportunities offered by new technology.

The Australian Statistician will be calling for submissions in relation to the 2011 Census in early 2008. If you would like to be notified of the commencement of the consultation period, please email your contact details to Darran Holder darran.holder@abs.gov.au if you wish to be added to the consultation list.