Save yourself a visit from a Census Field Officer (Media Release)

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19 August 2014
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Save yourself a visit from a Census Field Officer

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reminds everyone that Census Field Officers will be visiting households selected to participate in the test that have not yet provided a response.

ABS Western Australia Regional Director, Tom Joseph said households selected to participate in the test that haven’t already could still complete it online.

“Thanks to everyone who took part in the Census field test,” Mr Joseph said.

“If you haven’t already participated in the test you can save yourself and your local Census Field Officer some time by completing the test online as soon as possible.

“If you received an instruction letter with a form ID and passcode for online completion, you can complete the Census wherever you can access the internet – it’s easy, quick, secure and environmentally friendly.

“If you have received a paper form, please complete it and return it in the Reply Paid Envelope provided as soon as possible.”

Mr Joseph said every response will help the ABS to improve its processes and systems so that the next Census is cheaper, easier and produces high quality information.

“The new delivery and collection procedures, aimed at promoting online participation, will help us count every person and every household in Australia more efficiently on Census night in 2016.

“It’s not too late – we need your support and participation to make it a success,” Mr Joseph added.

All information provided is kept secure and confidential to the ABS. No information is released in a way that can identify any particular individual or household.

The Census provides a snapshot of Australia and is used to allocate funding for services and infrastructure in your community, including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment.

To get more information about the Census, visit or for assistance call the Census Inquiry Service on 1800 138 756.