Census website crashes
Unknown hackers blamed
THE IMPORTANCE to the Bundaberg Region of data collected through the Census process was described as being of a “critical” nature by Mayor Jack Dempsey.
In urging residents across the Bundaberg Region to participate in the 2016 Census, Cr Dempsey said the collection of the data had direct ramifications for the council and the Bundaberg Region.
“Official population estimates have a direct bearing on the distribution of GST revenue to the states and this, in turn, flows on to regional councils such as Bundaberg through grants and subsidies.
“Population also provides data for the level of representation our region receives through the determination of council divisions and state and federal electorate boundaries.
“It is critical for the future of our region that every resident is counted as the statistical information collected provides a clear picture of the social and economic circumstances of each region across Australia.”
Cr Dempsey said census data was collected from Tuesday, August 9, when critical information on population and housing was required to be recorded.
“The census is held every five years and takes around 30 minutes to complete.
“Participation in the census is compulsory and residents do have an extended timeframe in which to complete the form.”
Cr Dempsey said census collectors would call on individual homes after August 25 if forms had not been lodged.
“There is ample information online for anyone who has concerns relating to privacy or use of personal information collected during the census process. All this information relating to understanding the census process can be found by heading to census.abs.gov.au.”
On Tuesday night the census website crashed as millions of Australians logged in to take part.
Officials said unknown hackers tried to hack into the system, which resulted in the website being shut down. The ABS reminded Australians they had plenty of time to complete the census, well into September, and also that fines would not be imposed for completing after Tuesday night.