The 2020 Census Test

Thank you for your participation!

Census Test night was Tuesday 27 October 2020.

The Census Test website, online form and Contact Centre closed on Friday 4 December 2020 at 5pm AEDT.

If you have a paper form to send in, please do so as we’ll continue to process these throughout December.

Help and support

If you have any questions about completing your form or about the Census Test in general, please use the Contact the ABS – Inquiry Form and from the list select ‘2020 Census Test.’ We will respond as soon as we can.

Helping us prepare for 2021 Census

We’d like to thank you for the support we have received for our Census Test.

By completing your Census Test form you have helped us ensure the Census in 2021 is easy for people to complete, our processes work and the Census form captures information accurately.

We’ve had a great response so far and will provide an update once the test is fully concluded.

About the 2020 Census Test

Around 100,000 households from selected suburbs in Sydney, Adelaide, Darwin and Canberra, as well as regional centres of Karratha, Warrnambool and Alice Springs Town Camps and surrounds were invited to participate.

Not everyone in the test locations was asked to participate. If you didn’t receive anything from us, there’s nothing you needed to do.

About the 2021 Census

Australia’s next national Census will be held Tuesday 10 August 2021. Census data is used to inform important decisions about transport, schools, health care, infrastructure and business. It also helps plan local services for individuals, families and communities.

Census data is used to plan and deliver a variety of services across Australia. For example, the number of people living in remote areas tells doctors where they’ll be needed most; local birth rates help plan local playgroups; and understanding languages used at home links migrants to the community services they need.

Census answers don’t just make statistics. They help build a better future for us all.

Learn more about what is happening with the next Census at 2021 Census overview.

Beware of scams

The ABS will never ask you to provide information over the phone or through email. If you do encounter any suspicious activity, please visit our Beware of scams information page. It provides a comprehensive overview of how to protect yourself from scammers and how to report it.

Media Centre

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