Have Your Say on Australia’s 2021

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) wants us to let them know what we need them to gather as useful information in the next National Census due to be held in 2021.

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The 2021 Census of Population and Housing will be the next in the round of the five-yearly Census and provides critical data and information to support important Australian decisions by governments, community organisations, businesses and individuals.

A public consultation, launched today through the ABS website, seeks input from data users, community groups and organisations on their data needs and the most useful information to collect in the 2021 Census.

Population and Social Statistics General Manager Dr Paul Jelfs says it’s important that our nation’s largest statistical collection remains relevant and meets users’ needs.

“Submissions can be easily made via the ABS consultation hub.”

“The ABS will assess any changes suggested through the submission process based on evidence and demonstrated need. We will seek to minimise the burden on the community by managing the number and complexity of questions asked in the Census.”

“It’s wonderful to see quality 2016 Census data being used widely and this consultation process is about ensuring our 2021 Census data is even more valuable and useful.”

Dr Jelfs says the ABS has been undertaking a comprehensive review of the operation of the 2016 Census and has identified areas of improvement for 2021.

“As we work towards 2021, the ABS will share our approach to how people can participate in the Census, our approach to ensuring privacy and security of information and how we provide the final Census results.”

Submissions on 2021 Census topics close on 30 June.

Following analysis, the ABS will publish preliminary findings from this consultation process then make recommendations to the Australian Government.

Details on how to participate, including instructions for making your submission and frequently asked questions are available online at http://www.abs.gov.au/census-consult