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Australian Olympic team still counted where it matters most6 August 2016 | CO/99
Census night, Tuesday 9 August, is just around the corner, however if you haven’t received your instruction letter and Login, or your paper form, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reassuring residents not to worry.
While the majority of Census instruction letters and forms have made their way into Australian homes, there are still some that haven’t reached their final destination and may take up until Census night to arrive.
Head of the 2016 Census Program, Duncan Young, said “While we do encourage everyone to complete the Census on August 9, it’s okay to complete it after this if you haven’t received your Census form or Login.”
“Everyone still has plenty of time and they won’t be fined for being late. Just be sure to complete the form as if it were Census night as soon as your materials arrive.
“Make sure to only include people who stayed in your house on Census night, not people who usually live in the household—they will be counted wherever they are on the night.
“If, like our Olympic athletes, you’ll be out of the country on Census night, you aren’t required to complete a Census form. Only people in Australia on 9 August need to complete the Census,” said Mr Young.
The ABS uses information from overseas arrivals and departures passenger cards to capture data on international travellers at Census time.
“If you’re travelling in Australia, you’ll need to fill out your form wherever you are on Census night. If you’re staying in a hotel, motel, caravan park or camping site you will be provided with a form. If you’re travelling remotely, forms will be available from truck stops and camp sites and we have special Field Officers to provide forms to people living and travelling in remote locations.
If you don’t receive your Census letter or paper form by Census night, please contact the Census Inquiry Service (CIS) and they will send you a paper form by priority post or an online login number by SMS or email.
The Census Inquiry Service is open from 8.30am – 10.00pm daily (EST) on 1300 214 531
The Paper Form Request Service is open 24/7 on 1300 820 275.
For more information about the Census, visit census.abs.gov.au.
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