The Courier-Mail

Savings in online census


TWO-THIRDS of Australian­s are expected to fill in the census online when it is held this time next year.

The census, set for August 9, will be the first to be done mainly digitally, making it one of the biggest online events in Australia’s history, Liberal MP Kelly O’Dwyer says.

She says the digital survey will be easier to fill in, more accurate and environmen­tally friendly and should result in two-thirds of people taking up p the option.

It is also set to produce cost savings of $100 million for the Government, as fewer staff will be needed to collect and process the census data.

People have previously had the option of doing the census online, and in 2011 about onethird used it.

Those not ready to take the leap online can still use the paper forms.

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