ABS Online Survey - Privacy and Security

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is bound by the Census and Statistics Act 1905 to maintain the confidentiality of all information supplied to us. The information you provide using ABS Survey Account is kept secure through the use of the strongest industry standard encryption technology that your web browser will support, and at no time will identifiable data be disclosed unless: 

  • you have consented;
  • you would reasonably expect, or have been told, that we usually disclose information of this kind; or
  • the disclosure is otherwise required or authorised by law.

Your ABS Survey Account is the key to your information. To protect your information from unauthorised access, please ensure you keep your user identifier and password secure. The ABS Survey Account’s strong password requirements and security questions have been implemented to ensure the process of completing your survey online is as secure as possible.

You may know this process as ABS Online Survey. The ABS is transitioning to an account based method to complete surveys. During the transition period you may still be asked to use a User/Unit Identifier and Password supplied to you by the ABS.

To protect your information from unauthorised access by a third party, please ensure you keep these numbers safe.

The ABS website is accredited and maintained to Commonwealth Government internet security standards to maintain the confidentiality and integrity of information you provide to the ABS via ABS Survey Account or ABS Online Survey. These standards meet or exceed the Australian Information Security Standard (AS/NZS 4444). 

We have endeavoured to make ABS Survey Account and ABS Online Survey as secure as possible. Before using these systems it is important to consider the security of your own computer. Please see increasing your safety online for more information. 

Please see the ABS Privacy Policy for personal information handling practices of the ABS. 

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