Cen­sus No. 1 on­line event

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In just one month’s time, mil­lions of peo­ple across Aus­tralia will pause to com­plete the 17th na­tional Cen­sus of Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing, in what could be the coun­try’s big­gest and most sig­nif­i­cant on­line event.

The 2016 Cen­sus will em­ploy more than 39,000 tem­po­rary staff, who will travel a dis­tance equiv­a­lent to al­most 200 trips around the cir­cum­fer­ence of the planet to count more than 24 mil­lion peo­ple in about 10 mil­lion house­holds, who come from more than 200 coun­tries and speak more than 300 lan­guages.

Head of the 2016 Cen­sus Duncan Young said for the Au­gust 9 Cen­sus, peo­ple would be able to com­plete their form in their own home on their smart­phone, tablet or com­puter.

Mr Young said he ex­pected 16 mil­lion peo­ple to com­plete the sur­vey on­line.

“Later this month and into early Au­gust, the ABS will de­liver some 10 mil­lion letters to ev­ery house­hold around the coun­try in prepa­ra­tion for Cen­sus night,” he said. “These letters will be ad­dressed ‘to the res­i­dent’, and in­clude a unique lo­gin and in­struc­tions on how to com­plete the Cen­sus on­line, as well as de­tails on how to re­quest a pa­per Cen­sus form.”

While most Aus­tralians won’t hear from the ABS for a few weeks to come, Cen­sus re­mote area mo­bile team leader Steven Pearce has driven 4500km across north­ern Aus­tralia in the past two weeks to en­sure every­one in his re­mote area is counted as part of the Cen­sus.

“Within the 160,000sqkm area which I’m help­ing to count, I es­ti­mate there’d be less than 3000 peo­ple liv­ing here, but that does not mean the data is less im­por­tant,” he said.

Mr Young said the ABS’ 105 re­mote area mo­bile teams highlighted the ex­ten­sive ef­forts made to en­sure every­one in Aus­tralia com­pleted a Cen­sus form wher­ever they were.

The na­tional Cen­sus has been a part of Aus­tralia since just af­ter Fed­er­a­tion.

Pic­ture: ABS

ABS field of­fi­cers will be hit­ting the streets for the 2016 Cen­sus.

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