Australia’s 18th national Census will be held in 2021.

The Census measures the number and key characteristics of people in Australia during the Census period. Census data is used by people and organisations all over Australia to plan for services and infrastructure such as roads, childcare, hospitals and schools for every community in our nation.

The Census includes every person, including overseas visitors, in Australia, Norfolk Island, the Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island on Census night.

Census publications

Planning for the 2021 Census
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is planning the design and implementation of the 2021 Census in consultation with the community and relevant organisations. This document outlines the steps we are taking in that process.

Value of the Australian Census
Lateral Economics has released an independent valuation of the Australian Census, which found that for every $1 invested in the Census, $6 of value was generated to the Australian economy.

Administrative Data Research
The ABS is researching how administrative data could improve the Australian Census.

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