Kyabram Free Press

Census 90% complete

- By Nicole Thomson

Households that have not completed their 2021 Census are being urged by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to submit their forms.

Under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, the Australian Statistici­an can issue people with a Notice of Direction, which directs people in writing to complete the Census.

The notice explains that if someone doesn’t complete the Census, they can be prosecuted and fined up to $222 a day, because the Census is compulsory.

The Shepparton area — which includes Echuca, Kyabram, and Rochester — has returned 90 per cent with more than 57,000 households, just behind the statewide response rate of 91 per cent.

Australian Statistici­an David Gruen has welcomed the result so far, but encouraged remaining households to complete their Census.

“I thank everyone who completed their Census on time,” Dr Gruen said.

“However, there are still some households that haven’t responded and it’s critical that everyone is counted.

“The Census is the only data insight that provides a picture of the social and cultural make-up of every community in Australia, so every response matters.

“If you haven’t been able to complete, for whatever reason, please complete your Census now, as it’s overdue.

“If you don’t have your Census letter, you can go online and complete today.

“Select the ‘get a Census number’ option. “For people who have completed a paper form but haven’t returned it, remember to post your form to the ABS today using the reply-paid envelope supplied.”

The Census website, the online form, and customer services channels will close in late September.

Until then, Census field officers will continue to visit households that haven’t completed the form during this period in line with COVID-19 restrictio­ns.

The ABS also requests that people with a second property — such as a holiday home, or investment property — go online and report if it was vacant or unoccupied on Census night. This can be done online at by calling 1800 512 441.

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Log on: It is not too late to take part in the 2021 Census.

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