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ABS delivers 8 million letters across the nation1 August 2016 | CO/97
Australia’s largest peace time operation is today in full swing, as delivery of 8 million letters from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) continue arriving at households around the country.
The Census Instruction Letters, addressed ‘to the resident’, contain information for households about how complete the Census on Tuesday, 9 August.
Welcoming the delivery of the Census Instruction Letters in Sydney, Australian Statistician, David W. Kalisch, said the delivery of the letters marks a new era of Census taking in Australia that will see the Census easier to complete than ever before.
“Since 2011, the ABS has transformed the way we undertake the Census in Australia—marking the ABS’ 17th Census as the fastest, easiest, most accessible and secure in the nation’s history,” Mr Kalisch said.
“The information contained in the letter, including a unique login code, will enable Australians to go online and complete their Census easily and securely on August 9. There’s also information on how to request a paper form if required.”
With most Australians receiving a letter in the mail, Mr Kalisch urges Australians to keep an eye on their letter boxes rather as Census Field Officers will not be dropping off forms.
“Traditionally, Australians would expect a visit from a Census Field Officer to receive their Census information,” Mr Kalisch said. “In 2016 this won’t be the case as Census Field Officers will only be dropping off forms in more regional and remote areas.”
The 2016 Census will see the ABS remain a world leader in Census taking, with the digital-first approach resulting in better and more accurate data, and saving Australian taxpayers more than $100 million.
“Excitingly, with up to 65 per cent of households, or 16 million people, expected to complete the Census online, the 2016 Census could be Australia’s biggest ever online event,” Mr Kalisch said.
“We are a digital nation and it’s important we move with the times. You can complete the Census anywhere you have access to the internet, whether it’s on a laptop, tablet or phone.
“We also know not everyone can complete the Census online. If you’re unable to access the internet or would prefer to fill out a paper form, simply call our dedicated paper form request service and one will arrive in your letterbox in a couple of days.”
The online form is available now for early returns. The Census needs to be completed in relation to Census night, however can be completed in the days leading up to or following the 9th August.
All information provided is kept private and secure. The ABS cannot and will not ever release your identifiable Census data.
If you would like to order a paper Census form, can call our automated Paper Form Request System on 1300 820 275. The phone line is open 24 hours and requires the 12-digit Census Login, which is found in the middle of the Census letter.
For people who need help completing the form online, or require a new or separate login number, call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 214 531. If people require an interpreter for help with a Census inquiry, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) National on 13 14 50.
The Census is compulsory and can be completed in around 30 minutes for an average household. For more information about the Census, visit census.abs.gov.au.
Background information on the 2016 Census of Population and Housing
Data collected from the 2016 Census will support funding decisions for services and infrastructure including housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals, and the environment.
Data from the 2011 Census revealed that Australians come from more than 200 countries, speak more than 300 languages, belong to more than 100 religious groups and work more than 1,000 occupations.
In 2011 Census data showed there were around 4,400 people over the age of 100 and one newborn baby is born every one minute and 44 seconds.
Key 2016 Census dates:
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