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Where will you be on 9 August 2011?

9 August 2010 | CO/01

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS’) Census of Population and Housing will answer this question by counting the nation on 9 August 2011.

With exactly one year to go until the upcoming Census, planning is well underway for the largest peace time logistical exercise in Australia.

The Census aims to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night wherever they are, from Australia’s research hubs in Antarctica to remote Indigenous communities in northern Australia.

Next year’s Census also marks 100 years of Census taking in Australia, and it remains the most comprehensive way of providing a snapshot of Australia, our key characteristics and where we live.

The Census helps define who we are and what your community looks like now and into the future. Census data supports planning, decision-making and funding at all levels of government, and is behind the services and facilities you use in your area every day.

The first results from the 2011 Census will be made public in June 2012.

The ABS is committed to releasing the results of the Census through a wide range of products and services that make it easy for all Australians to access the data they need.

Australians are encouraged to preview ABS proposals for the 2011 Census products and provide feedback in the 2011.0 Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing - Proposed Products and Services, 2011.

Your input will ensure the ABS continues to develop output products that meet all Australians’ data needs.

Key Census dates:

  • February 2011 – Census recruitment launch
  • July 2011 – National launch of the Census
  • 28 July 2011 – eCensus opens to the public
  • 9 August 2011 – Census night
  • 10 August – Early September 2011 – Collection of Census forms
  • June 2012 – The first results from the 2011 Census will be released

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