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2011 Census - 100 years of Census in Antarctica

22 July 2011 | CO/30

Tuesday, 9 August 2011 the Census of Population and Housing marks 100 years of national Census taking in Australia and coincides with the centenary of Australia’s Antarctic exploration.

Since the first nationally coordinated Census in 1911, Census data has played an important role in helping to shape Australia and Australia’s research hubs in Antarctica.

This year scientists working for Australia’s Antarctic Division at Davis Station, Casey Station, Mawson Station and Macquarie Island will complete their Census forms online using eCensus.

“Operationally we’ve had to be really organised. Census forms and eCensus envelopes were shipped to Antarctica in January in preparation for the 9 August Census,” Mr Lowe says.

Population numbers at Macquarie Island are expected to double with AAD staff currently working on the pest eradication program.

“It’s vital the Australian Bureau of Statistics captures an accurate snapshot of Australia’s Antarctic Division. This August, eCensus will allow us to capture information about AAD’s scientists and their key characteristics,” Mr Lowe adds.

It’s expected that 30 per cent of the population will use eCensus.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census or call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.

Key Census dates:

  • 28 July 2011 – eCensus opens to the public.
  • 29 July 2011 – Distribution of Census forms begins.
  • 9 August 2011 – Census night.
  • From 10 August – Collection of Census forms.
  • June 2012 – The first results from the 2011 Census will be released.

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