2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Jan 2005  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 21/01/2005   
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Census Corner

2004 Census Indigenous Test

As part of the testing program for the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, an Indigenous Census Test was recently conducted at Wujal Wujal, a remote community in Northern Queensland. The ABS, represented by Keith Venton and Andrew Tyson, sought the assistance of the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Council to help oversee the test.

The test involved a trial of two different Census forms and a number of procedures. Collector Interviewers from the Wujal Wujal Community Council worked particularly well to ensure complete coverage of the community, which has a population of approximately 400 living within the community and outstations.

"It was great to have the support of the Wujal Wujal Community Council, and the feedback we have received from the Collector Interviewers and the householders will be really valuable," said Keith.

The results from this test, which also included two other communities in Qld and one in NT, will help with the design of forms and procedures for the 2006 Census.