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2011 Census - shedding some light in Australia's gaols

1 August 2011 | CO/38

On Tuesday, 9 August 2011 the Census is doing gaol time.

The Census is a snapshot of the nation and accurately measures the number of people in Australia on Census night, their key characteristics, and the places in which they live, including inside Australia’s 233 gaols.

Head of the Population Census program, Paul Lowe says Australia’s 26,255 prisoners will be counted in the 2011 Census using administrative data that captures the prisoner’s age and sex.

“The Census counts everyone in Australia on Census night, irrespective of where they are on Census night,” Mr Lowe says.

Like all Australians, prisoner information collected in the Census is confidential.

My Lowe says no information you provide on a Census form is released in a way that can identity an individual.

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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