Welcome to the 2020 Census Test

Census Test night is Tuesday, 27 October 2020. Around 100,000 households from selected suburbs in Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra, as well as regional centres of Karratha, Warrnambool and surrounds, will be invited to participate.

The Census Test helps us prepare for the next Census in 2021. It’s important to test how we will run the Census to make sure it is easy for people to complete, runs efficiently and produces quality statistics.

In mid-October, some households in test locations will receive information on how to complete the Census Test. Households will be able to complete the Census Test online or on paper.

Not everyone in the test locations will be asked to participate. If you don’t receive a letter, there’s nothing you need to do.

Although the Census Test is voluntary, it is important that everyone who is invited to participate takes part.

The Census Test will provide around 300 temporary employment opportunities in test locations. A range of positions will be advertised progressively, between June and August 2020. You can apply at www.censusjobs.adecco.com.au.

The ABS is monitoring the rapidly changing COVID-19 environment to ensure the safety measures are up to date and consistent with advice from the Department of Health. There will be a focused effort to protect staff and the community from furthering the spread of COVID-19.

About the 2021 Census

Australia’s next national Census will be held in August 2021. The Census is a snapshot of who we are. It’s used to inform many things, from planning schools, healthcare and roads to local services for individuals, families and communities.

Data collected in the Census helps governments, businesses, not for profit and community organisations across the country make informed decisions. In the past, Census data has been used to plan and deliver a variety of services across Australia.

The Planning the Census publication provides more information on how the ABS will run the the 2021 Census and how the ABS will protect the privacy and confidentiality of the information provided.

Learn about how community organisations use Census data through our ‘Your Census Counts’ videos.