2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Oct 2006  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/10/2006   
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Thank you Australia

The 2006 Census has gone very well. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) would like to thank the people of Australia for their cooperation and support in ensuring a successful 2006 Census. We are also very grateful for the hard work of our Census Collectors who have been to every corner of Australia.

The participation from the public, along with the media reports and the feedback our Collectors have received on the ground, all point to a high level of support for the Census by Australians. There has been more public interest in this Census than any previous Census. We believe this is because most Australians understand that the Census is ultimately a useful tool for their community and by taking part they are in some way helping their community prepare for future needs.

The information gathered on Census Night will provide critical information essential in building a better Australia. Thousands of forms have arrived at the ABS’ Data Processing Centre, which has responsibility for transforming the responses on the forms in to the data which will be used to create Census products and services for users.

The Census period also marked the launch of the new simplified Census web interface, giving users the chance to sample 2001 Census statistics via their new format. Take this opportunity to sample the new interface, designed to offer you superior access to Census data and metadata, so that you can become familiar with it before the 2006 Census data is released. Information sessions demonstrating 2006 Census products and services will be held in every state and territory across Australia during November and December of this year.