Townsville Bulletin



HOUSEHOLDS are being fined hundreds of dollars a day for failing to complete this year’s census.

The final date for filling in the Australian Bureau of Statistics data form was Friday, October 1.

More than 10 million had been returned as of last Tuesday, representi­ng an estimated 90 per cent of the population.

However, another 10 per cent are now facing fines of up to $222 a day.

Statistici­an David Gruen said no community was too small to count.

“We want to make sure everyone is represente­d,” Dr Gruen said.

Under the Census and Statistics Act 1905, people can be prosecuted for failing to complete their census.

A notice can then be issued that directs them to complete the form.

If they refuse to do so, they can be issued with a daily fine until it is submitted. According to the ABS website, Australian­s may also receive “a criminal conviction” if they continue to refuse.

The census takes place every five years.

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