1376.0 - Local Government and ABS, Sep 2009  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/09/2009   
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The Census is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and one of the most important. The next Census, Australia’s 16th, is planned for the night of 9 August 2011. The ABS estimates that there will be in excess of 9 million dwellings included in the next Census.

The 2006 Census achieved good outcomes in many regions, however the results also showed us that we need to focus on improving coverage to ensure the Census count is the best possible. We aim to do this through initiatives that:

  • increase support for the Census at the community level
  • utilise local knowledge and intelligence
  • improve awareness of recruitment of Census field staff, and
  • raise awareness and promote the benefits of the 2011 Census.

We are looking to establish a network of organisations that are interested in the Census and making sure their community counts. We aim to involve this network of organisations in these initiatives.

For more information and to be part of the planning for the 2011 Census, contact the Census Engagement Officer in your state or territory
    NSW(02) 9268 4219
    VIC(03) 9615 7520
    QLD(07) 3222 6155
    SA(08) 8237 7588
    WA(08) 9360 5181
    TAS(03) 6222 5985
    NT(08) 8943 2123
    ACT(02) 6252 8924

More information on the Census can be found in the 2011 Census home page. For further information about how your organisation can be involved in the 2011 Census, see the 2011 Census of Population and Housing Local and Regional Engagement Strategy (cat. no. 2911.0.55.001).