Treasurer Curtis Pitt is urging Gold Coasters to ensure they are counted in the 2016 Census to be conducted nationwide by the Australian Bureau of Statistics next Tuesday 9 August.
Speaking this morning, Mr Pitt said even a 1 per cent undercount of the Gold Coast population in the Census could cost Queensland almost $30 million because many federally funded programs were distributed on a per capita basis.
“The cost of not being counted far outweighs any inconvenience residents might perceive in filling out the Census,” Mr Pitt said.
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“It’s estimated that every Queenslander not counted in the Census could cost around $5,300 in lost revenue, so even if just 1% of the Gold Coast’s population of around 560,000 are not counted, we could miss out on around $29.6 million in federal funds.
“An accurate Census count helps every level of government as well as business and industry plan and deliver services and facilities where they are needed most.
“The ABS has been distributing a letter to all households with unique login instructions for the Census website and instructions on how to lodge their information online. Anyone needing a paper Census form can get one by following the instructions on the letter delivered by the ABS,” Mr Pitt said.