Cen­sus web­site crashes

Un­known hack­ers blamed

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.

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