Census

Every stat tells a story.

How we keep your information safe

Protecting your privacy and keeping your information secure is of the utmost importance.

We respect your personal information and we take our duty to protect it very seriously.

Protecting your privacy is our highest priority

We have a range of processes that ensure information on Census forms stays confidential.

Legally we must keep Census information secure and make sure that it doesn’t show information about a person, household or business that identifies them.

Additionally, we will never release information that can identify you. This means other organisations aren’t able to access any personal information you include on your Census form, including government departments and direct marketing companies.

We use the strongest encryption technology available to make sure information from the online Census form is secure. If you used a paper form, we provided reply paid envelopes to return the form.

Information on Census forms is protected by the secrecy provisions of the Census and Statistics Act 1905 (the Act). This means that all of our staff legally have to protect this information. Staff working on all stages of the Census are covered by these laws. This includes all staff who collect, process, analyse and share the data.

It’s against the law for any past or present staff member to share, in any way, information collected under the Act.

Laws and policies protecting your privacy

Our Privacy Policy explains how we protect your privacy.

The 2021 Census Privacy Statement explains how we collect, use and share the personal information collected for the Census. This statement is in line with our Privacy Policy.

Your information is protected by law. Under the Act your personal information is strictly confidential to us.

We also follow the Australian Privacy Principles, which are part of the Privacy Act 1988.

The Privacy Principles set out standards we follow to protect your privacy and keep your personal information safe.