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2011 Census - don't let your Collector have a 'dog' of a day

30 July 2011 | CO/35

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the RSPCA are encouraging pet owners to control their pets this Census Collector season.

From 29 July, 29,000 Census Collectors will start delivering Census forms to Australia’s 9.8 million households.

Head of the Population Census Program, Paul Lowe says the delivery of Census forms will continue until 7 August.

“It’s vital that every household in Australia is accurately captured in the Census. Please ensure your dog is properly controlled so a Census Collectors can knock on your door and deliver your form,” Mr Lowe says.

RSPCA Australia CEO, Heather Neil says being a responsible dog owner means accepting full responsibility for your dog, in terms of their welfare and meeting standards for dog management that are expected by the community.

“For the safety of both your dog and people within the community, it’s important to ensure that your dog is always under your effective control,” Ms Neil says.

“With Census Collectors knocking at your front door, please make sure your dog does not pose a threat.”

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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