About the Census Test 2019

The Census Test 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.

This test will focus on our operational processes, including how we manage Census field officers, deliver letters and forms, frame questions to ensure they are understood and answered, and better understand when and how people prefer to complete their Census Test form.

After the Census Test, we will evaluate our processes to ensure the 2021 Census is easier for people to participate, cheaper to run, and produces quality data. It’s important to note the questions asked and the processes and systems used in the test are not necessarily what will be used for the 2021 Census.

Where will the Census Test take place?
What do I need to do?
How do I identify an ABS field officer in my area?
How do I complete my online form?
What do I do if I lose my Census number or entry code to access the online form?
What do I do if I've lost my paper form?
I prefer to keep my information private. How do I request my own Census Test form?

Where will the Census Test take place?

The areas of Wagga Wagga and surrounds, New South Wales and areas south of Brisbane, including Logan and Scenic Rim in Queensland have been selected for the 2019 Census Test.

These regions both represent characteristics of the national population.

Residents in these areas may receive a letter, asking them to participate in the Census Test. Some households will be asked to participate using our online form, and others will receive a paper form.

Not everyone in these areas will be asked to participate. If you don’t receive a letter, don’t worry, there’s nothing you need to do.

See the New South Wales and Queensland lists below to see if your town has been asked to participate in the Census Test.
New South Wales Test locations
Queensland Test locations

What do I need to do?

You may receive a letter with instructions on how to participate in the Census Test. Households invited to participate online will receive a unique Census number and entry code to access the online form. Households invited to complete a paper form will receive a form and reply paid envelope to return their completed Census paper form. Regardless of whether you complete online or on paper, you must include everybody who stayed in your house on Census Test night, Tuesday 15 October, including visitors and newborns.

If we don’t receive your Census Test response, you may receive a reminder from us or a visit from a Census field officer to see if you need assistance.

Although the Census Test is voluntary, it is important that everyone who is invited to participates. This will ensure that it reflects a broad cross-section of the community.

How do I identify an ABS field officer in my area?

All ABS field officers will carry identification and a bright yellow Census satchel at all times.

How do I complete my online form?

The Census Test form works best on desktop, laptop or tablet devices, rather than mobile phones. We also recommend using Google Chrome or Internet Explorer to complete your form.

If your form times out, or closes unexpectedly, please call the Census Contact Centre on 1300 214 531 between 10am and 8pm (local time).

Paper forms can be requested for residents who don’t have access to complete the Census Test online, or would simply prefer to complete a paper form.

What do I do if I lose my Census number or entry code to access the online form?

Call the Census Contact Centre on 1300 214 531, between 10am and 8pm (local time) and we can provide you a new Census number and entry code to access the online form.

What do I do if I've lost my paper form?

Call the Census Contact Centre on 1300 214 531, between 10am and 8pm (local time) and we will issue you a new one.

I prefer to keep my information private. How do I request my own Census Test form?

If you would prefer to keep your information private from others in your household you can request your own Census Test form.

If you've been invited to complete your Census form online: Call the Census Contact Centre on 1300 214 531 who will issue you with your own unique entry code to complete your form online.

If you've been invited, or would prefer to complete a Census paper form: Call the Paper Form Request Service on 1800 130 250 (Freecall within Australia) and have your Census number ready. You will find your Census number on the letter you received.

If you have lost your Census number, call the Census Contact Centre on 1300 214 531 and we will issue you a new one.