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8,200 Census Collectors hit the streets of New South Wales

29 July 2011 | NSW/40

Census Collectors will hit the streets today to deliver more than four million Census forms to NSW’s 3.1 million households.

NSW Census Director Mark Harding says the Australian Bureau of Statistics has hired 8,200 Census Collectors to travel to every corner of the state to ensure every person is accurately counted on Census night, Tuesday, 9 August.

"From the beaches of Bondi to the Barrier Highway in Broken Hill, Census Collectors will hand deliver eCensus access codes and Census forms to every household," Mr Harding says.

"We need to make sure that everyone in Australia is included so that decision makers have an accurate snapshot of the nation and can plan for our future needs.

"Expect a knock on your door shortly from your local Census Collector with their trademark yellow satchel bag and photo identification.

“The delivery process will take just over a week, with forms being delivered right up until 7 August."

Mr Harding says the ABS expects that many people will take advantage of eCensus this year, a convenient online way to complete your Census form.

“Completing your Census online is quick and easy, plus, once submitted, your Collector will be alerted by SMS and will not have to return to your house,” Mr Harding adds.

"I'm completing the eCensus online this year and we expect at least 30 per cent of the population will choose the eCensus option."

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

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