The Census Test 2019

A Census Test is coming to the areas of Wagga Wagga and surrounds, NSW and south of Brisbane, Queensland.

Census Test night is Tuesday, 15 October 2019

The Census provides a snapshot of the economic, social and cultural make-up of our nation. The data collected over time through the Census helps to tell the story of how Australia is changing. Census data is used by people and organisations from all over Australia to decide on how to tackle issues that impact on our lives and plan for future services such as housing, social security, transport, education, industry, shops and hospitals.

The Census Test is an important part of the Census cycle, as it helps us to prepare for the next Census in 2021. Before each Census, it’s important to test how we will run the Census to ensure our processes work and that the Census form captures the right data, in the right way.

The processes and systems used in the test are not necessarily what will be used for Census 2021. Tests help us find ways to improve, so our next national Census in 2021 is easier for people to participate, cheaper to run, and produces quality data.

It is important that everyone who receives a letter participates to ensure the Census test covers a broad cross-section of the community. Your participation will help us to improve future Census processes.

The Census tests are not compulsory, but we ask participants to take part so we can get a good understanding of what works and what needs improvement.

We take your privacy very seriously. All information you provide in the test is kept secure, confidential and is protected by law. See the ABS privacy page for more information.

We will recruit a number of local people to support the Census Test in the areas of Wagga Wagga and surrounds and south of Brisbane. Visit or email if you are interested in employment opportunities for the Census Test.