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Ships - they're counted too

1 August 2011 | CO/37

Staff and passengers on international cruise ships and tankers docked in Australian waters, and who enter Australia through Customs and stay in Australia on Census night will be counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August 2011.

Head of the Population Census program, Paul Lowe says it’s vital that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) captures an accurate snapshot of Australia on Census night.

“The Census aims to accurately count everyone in Australia on Census night, so the number of deckhands, sailors and seamen working on ships that enter Australia and stay on Census night will be accurately captured,” Mr Lowe says.

Mr Lowe says ships and boats moored in Australian ports or marinas will be visited by accredited Census Collectors in the days leading up to Census night.

“People staying on their boats in ports or marinas on Census night will have the option of completing the Census in two ways. They can complete the traditional paper form of complete the Census online using eCensus.

The ABS is expecting 30 per cent of the population will choose the eCensus option.

The eCensus should be completed on Census night, 9 August 2011. However the eCensus website is open from 28 July 2011 until 5 September 2011.

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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