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Shed some light tonight

9 August 2011 | CO/45

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reminding everyone in Australia, including residents and overseas tourists, to accurately complete a Census form tonight.

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.

Head of the Population Census program, Paul Lowe says everyone in Australia should have received either a Census form or information on how to access eCensus, the convenient online way to complete the Census.

“It’s so important to complete the Census tonight because it will shed some light on your community. Census information is used to allocate funding for critical infrastructure and services such as roads, schools, parks and hospitals,” Mr Lowe says.

Mr Lowe says anyone having trouble completing the Census should visit www.abs.gov.au/censushelp or call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776.

“Taking a few minutes to complete the Census lights the way forward for a brighter future for all Australians,” Mr Lowe adds.

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

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

Key Census dates:

  • 9 August 2011 – Census night.
  • From 10 August – Collection of Census forms.

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