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National snapshot


Wimmera communitie­s will play their part in a critical data-gathering exercise on Tuesday as people fill out a national Census.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is sending filling-out instructio­ns to more than 10-million Australian households ahead of the Census.

About 85 percent of Australian households have received or will receive a letter that explains how to complete details online or how to order a paper form.

Some households will receive a paper form and a reply-paid envelope. There will be instructio­ns on the paper form if they prefer to complete it online.

Census executive director Andrew Henderson urged people to check their letterboxe­s.

“We’re encouragin­g people to complete their Census, as soon as they receive their instructio­ns, if they know where they will be on Tuesday, August 10,” he said.

“This means you don’t have to wait and complete it on a single night. We know this flexibilit­y will make it more convenient for people to complete.

“People will be able to complete the Census online, on their mobile device or on paper.

“We’re also making it as easy as possible for everyone to participat­e in the Census with a range of support and assistance available.”

The bureau expects people to complete about 75 percent of forms online this year, compared with 63 percent in 2016.

Estimates are it will take the average household 30 minutes to complete.

The Census is a snapshot of Australian life and provides key indicators for national, state and regional policy developmen­t direction.

The 2021 Census campaign message is that ‘Every stat tells a story’, highlighti­ng how Census data is used to guide services for individual­s, families and communitie­s.

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