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Making A difference 2016 Census

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Making A difference 2016 Census

What other forms of assistance are available?

Support is available for anyone who needs help participating in the Census. In some locations, such as hospitals and nursing homes, Special Field Officers will be employed to provide assistance in completing the Census.

If you need help completing the Census, we encourage seeking help from someone you trust, a family member, friend, carer or neighbour.

Will my personal information be provided to other government departments or agencies?

No. The personal information collected in the Census is not shared with any other government departments or agencies, including the police, Australian Taxation Office or Centrelink.

The ABS is legally bound to protect the privacy of all Australians and will not release your information in a way that will identify any individual or household.

When will data from the Census be available?

The first results from the 2016 Census will be released in April 2017.

Who does the Census?

Everyone in Australia, except foreign diplomats and their families, must complete the Census on August 9 this year, even if you are not an Australian citizen. The Census provides important information used to allocate funding and plan services in your community.

The online Census form is web accessible and the paper form is available in standard print, large print, Braille and audio formats. Auslan videos of the Census questions are also available from the CensusAustralia Youtube channel. The ABS is legally bound to protect all respondents’ privacy and will not share your personal information with any other government department or agency.
More information, go to or call 1300 214 531.

August 9 is a moment for everyone to pause and make a difference to the nation’s future.
Every five years the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) counts every person and household in Australia. In 2016, the Census will count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people, the largest number counted to date.

This year, the ABS is changing the way Australians do the Census – making it quicker, easier and cheaper for everyone to be involved. More than 65 % of Australia’s population is expected to complete the Census online in August.

To ensure a smooth experience for people who are blind or have low vision, the 2016 online Census form has received certification by internationally recognised industry leader, Vision Australia.

The ABS consulted Vision Australia in designing the online Census form to ensure that the broadest range of people could access the Census form online from their home computers. Vision Australia also conducted both usability and accessibility testing. Online access codes are also able to be sent by email or SMS to assist completion of the online form.

From August 1, most households will receive a letter in the mail with a unique Login code and instructions on how to complete the Census online. Alternatively, you can also request a paper form by calling 1300 820 275.

2011 Census data revealed that:

  •  8,406 people recorded Auslan as their language spoken, a 34% increase from the 2006 Census.
    If you use Auslan or other languages, make sure you enter your language on the Census form.


It is important that all languages and religions are recorded in this census. Even if you speak English very well, if you also speak another language, it is important to state those other languages spoken.

Paper forms can also be requested in standard print, large print or Braille with an accompanying booklet for completion. An audio version of the form is also available on request.