CENSUS NIGHT: Survey to paint clearer picture of modern Australia

No plans tonight? Well, now you do!

The twice-a-decade survey that aims to get a snapshot of who we are and how we are changing has arrived.

We’re talking about Australia’s Census, which gives Aussies the chance to sit down and give the Australian Bureau of Statistics a little insight into their lives.


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Census night only happens once every five years, with the goal of the survey to highlight how living trends may have changed over the years.

“Census data is a snapshot of who we are and how we are changing,” the ABS said.

“It’s used to inform important decisions about social and economic services for individuals, families and communities.”

More than 2.5 million people have already filled out the form ahead of time, but most will take part in the national Census tonight.

The survey can be filled out online on a computer, mobile device or on paper.

“It’s important that everyone participates so we can get an accurate picture of our nation,” Teresa Dickinson, Senior Responsible Officer for the 2021 Census said.

“This includes young people, families with new babies and visitors staying at your home on Tuesday 10 August.

“By simply completing the Census, we are all helping to inform important decisions about transport, schools, health care, infrastructure and business.

“Our participation also helps plan local services for individuals, families and communities.”

This year the survey includes two questions that have never been asked before, including one on long-term health conditions such as arthritis and diabetes, and another on defence force participation.

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