Media release –
New South Wales
Census celebrates NAIDOC Week in NSW5 July 2016 | NSW/147
As part of NAIDOC Week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders culture, history and achievements at events throughout New South Wales (NSW), and encourage people to make sure their voice is heard on Census night Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
NSW Census Director, Liz Bolzan, says NAIDOC Week is an important time to talk with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people about the Census and why it’s important they take part and identify their origin.
“We know that language and stories passed on from one generation to another maintains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ connection to country and helps people identify themselves,” Ms Bolzan said.
“The Census also provides an opportunity for every Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person to identify their origin and be counted - which helps planning for important services like schools, healthcare and housing in communities across Australia.”
Census Engagement Officer, Paul Ryan, says we can learn more about NAIDOC’s Songlines and how they connect people to country by celebrating the rich history and diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“We are the oldest continuing culture on our planet and it is so important Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people take part in the 2016 Census so cultural groups are accurately represented,” Mr Ryan said.
The Census will be conducted in remote communities during July and August 2016, with Remote Area Mobile Teams already working with Indigenous communities to ensure they’re counted in the Census.
From early August, households in urban areas will receive a letter which provides information on how to complete the Census online. It also provides information on how to request a paper form.
The information provided in the Census is kept private and not shared with anyone, including the Police, Housing, Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or Centrelink.
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