Media release –
Census celebrates NAIDOC Week in Tasmania5 July 2016 | TAS/38
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 Tasmania, and encourage people to make sure their voice is heard on Census night Tuesday, 9 August 2016.
Tasmanian Census Director, Georgia Chapman, 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 down from one generation to another maintains Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ connection to country and helps people identify themselves,” Ms Chapman 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 Manager, Christine Boonstra, says NAIDOC week is not just about celebrating culture and achievements, it’s also a chance to meet other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“I was born in 1971 which was the first year that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were included in official population estimates. It’s important for the ABS to attend NAIDOC events and celebrate almost 50 years of inclusion in the Census.
“By being a part of the Census, I can make sure we provide accurate data to inform government decision-making around a range of cultural, social and health issues specific to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people,” Ms Boonstra said.
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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