Review of 2021 Census topics

The five yearly Census provides critical data to inform Australia's important decisions. Every Census, the ABS makes a recommendation to the Australian Government on the topics that should be included in the Census.

The ABS is reviewing what information is most beneficial to collect in the 2021 Census and is considering the valuable submissions provided by data users, organisations and members of the community in the recent public consultation process.

The ABS released the Census of Population and Housing: Topic Directions 2021 ( on 14 November 2018 which provides information on:

  • the consultation process and the key topic areas people addressed in their submissions;
  • what additional information the ABS is considering to collect;
  • what information might not be collected in the next Census; and
  • next steps to inform our recommendation to Government.

Watch now: You can view the broadcast of the ABS's presentation on the online briefing which was held on 21 November 2018.

What’s next?
The final topics to be included in the 2021 Census of Population and Housing is a decision for the Australian Government. The ABS will make recommendations to Government on the topics to be included in the 2021 Census in mid-2019.

The ABS will inform the recommendations through discussions with key stakeholders and data users to refine the data needs; an assessment of costs and operational implications; further development and testing of the questions; and assessment of statistical quality.

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Topics collected on the Census

Topics have been organised into the following broad themes and detailed information is available:

What did the public consultation process involve?

The 2007.0 Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Topics, 2021 provides important details on:
  • what information is collected in the Census;
  • what stakeholders told us prior to public consultation; and
  • what was the criteria for deciding what to collect; and
  • what was the process for making a submission.

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