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10 August 2015

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS’) 2016 Census of Population and Housing will be Australia’s first predominantly digital Census, with more than two-thirds of Australians expected to complete the Census online – Tuesday, 9 August 2016.

With just one year to go (that’s 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes or 31,536,000 seconds for those counting at home) until the 2016 Census, preparations are well underway to accurately measure the number of people in Australia on Census night. From the Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2,750 kilometres northwest of Perth, Western Australia to Steels Point the easternmost point of Norfolk Island 1,670 kilometres east-northeast of Sydney, everyone in Australia must complete a Census form wherever they are.

Next year, the ABS will introduce new delivery and collection procedures to make it easier for households to complete the Census online. Households will be able to fill out their Census form online, wherever they can access the internet using a desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Completing the Census online will be fast, easy, secure, environmentally friendly, and help to reduce the cost of the Census to the community.

Anyone who cannot access the internet or finds it difficult to use a computer can still complete a paper form.

In 2016, the ABS will:
  • Produce approximately 327 tonnes of less materials than in the 2011 Census
  • Travel 230,000 less kilometres to deliver household materials than in 2011 Census
  • Create and deliver 21,151 less cartons of materials than in the 2011 Census.

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For more information, go to 2016 Census.


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