Get ready for the 2016 Census

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Everyone in Australia, except foreign diplomats and their families, must complete the Census on August 9 this year, even if you are not an Australian citizen. The Census provides important information used to allocate funding and plan services in your community. The ABS is legally bound to protect all respondents’ privacy and will not share your personal information with any other government department or agency. For more information, go to census.abs.gov.au or call 1300 214 531 from 22 July. For in-language help, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.

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Cultural diversity to be on full display in the 2016 Census

The upcoming 2016 Census of Population and Housing (Census) will play a critical role in understanding and supporting the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse communities. On August 9, everyone in Australia (except foreign diplomats and their families) will have the opportunity to pause and make a difference to the nation’s future. Conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) every five years, the Census counts every person and household in Australia. More than 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people will be counted. More significantly, it is expected that approximately 15 million people will complete the Census online, potentially making it one of the largest online events in Australian history. Data collected from the Census helps community organisations, governments and businesses to plan for services and facilities, such as housing, healthcare and education. It is important that all questions on the Census form are completed accurately and in full. The information people provide is crucial in making a difference to local communities. The personal information collected for the Census is not shared with anyone, including other government departments or agencies, such as the Police, Housing, the Australian Tax Office or Centrelink. By law, Census staff are not allowed to share personal information collected in the Census. From August 1, most households will receive a letter from the ABS, addressed ‘To the Resident’. The letter will include your household’s unique Census Login and instructions on how to complete the Census online, as well as directions on how to order a paper form. Help illustrate Australia’s cultural diversity by completing the Census on August 9. Make sense of the Census Watch ‘Making Sense of the Census’ videos on the Census Australia YouTube channel, also available in six different languages. In-language brochures and posters are available in 25 languages on the ABS website.

For more information, go to census.abs.gov.au or call 1300 214 531 from 22 July. For further in-language help, call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) on 131 450.

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