Media release –
Census celebrates NAIDOC Week in South Australia5 July 2016 | SA/58
As part of NAIDOC Week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders culture, history and achievements throughout South Australia (SA), and encourages people to make sure their voice is heard on Census night Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
SA Census Director, Lisa Moutzouris, says the 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 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 Moutzouris 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 Indigenous Manager, Ivan Copley, is looking forward to visiting all remote, rural and urban South Australian communities to ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are counted.
“NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate the achievements of our people, past and present. Our communities rely on accurate Census data for all levels of government to make quality decisions about services and infrastructure including schools, roads, healthcare and hospitals.
“During the Census we will be visiting households to ensure everyone who lives in them including babies, children, aunties, uncles, cousins and visitors are counted.
“The participation of everyone is the key to achieving accurate Census data so we can help provide a plan for South Australia over the next five years,” Mr Copley 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.
Key 2016 Census dates:
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