Census No. 1 online event
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.
ABS field officers will be hitting the streets for the 2016 Census.