Yarrawonga Chronicle

Fines for non-compliance


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census, which gets a picture of the nation as a whole, was held last night with those who did not complete the survey possibly set to face a fine.

The Census is the most comprehens­ive snapshot of the country and tells the story of how it is changing.

It includes around 10 million households and over 25 million people.

Census data tells the ABS about the economic, social and cultural make-up of the country. The informatio­n is used to shape the country’s health, education, transport and infrastruc­ture needs.

Everyone needs to complete, or be included on, a census form.

If you did not complete the form you can be issued a Notice of Direction, which directs you in writing to complete the census.

After that you can be prosecuted and fined up to $222 a day.

Because of COVID-19 restrictio­ns, census officials will not visit your home to collect the form if you opt to fill out the paper form however some regional areas may still receive door knocks from census officials.

“All field operations will be done in a Covid safe way following local health restrictio­ns,” an ABS spokespers­on said in a statement.

The key dates to remember now are:

After Census night - Households who have not responded will receive reminder letters and visits from Census staff

Late August 2021 - Field staff start visiting households that have not responded

June 2022 onwards - Release of 2021 Census data starts.

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