Get set for Census

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics is encouraging everyone in Australia on Census night tomorrow to accurately complete a Census form.

NSW Census Director Mark Harding says that it's vital that every person is included in the Census as the information provided is used in planning the future of our country.

“The Census lights the way forward for planning services you use every day such as roads, transport, schools and health services,” he said.

"More than $4000 per person was given to the states and territories in the 2010-11 budget. This was worked out using Census data.”

Mr Harding says the Census counts everyone in Australia on Census night, whether they are working, partying or at home.

“The Census is an important snapshot of the nation and counts everyone wherever they are on Census night. Only those who are overseas do not need to complete a Census form.

"If you’re away from home on Census night, make sure you’re counted at the place where you are staying. So if you are staying with relatives or friends, make sure you’re included on their form.

"If you can’t fill out a Census form on Census night, fill it out as soon as possible and answer the questions as if it were Census night.

"If you’re travelling ‘off the beaten track’ on Census night collection points with Census packs are available. You can find out where by visiting our website or calling our Census hotline.

"If you’re staying at a hospital, hotel, motel or hostel, ask the managers for an eCensus envelope or paper Census form.

“If there is no one staying at your house on Census night or you need more forms, please call the Census Inquiry Service on 1300 338 776,” Mr Harding adds.

More information is available online at www.abs.gov.au/census
 



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