The first data from the 2016 Census will be released on 11 April 2017 – two months earlier than any previous Census.

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The formal collection period for the 2016 Census is complete.

The online form is now closed. Paper forms are still available and will continue to be accepted by the secure Data Capture Centre as they make their way back via return mail.

For assistance, please complete our online inquiry form or call the Census Inquiry Service between 8am and 8pm daily on 1300 214 531....
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Around 95 per cent of households have completed the Census. Keep them coming, Australia!

We’re wrapping up the formal collection period for the 2016 Census tomorrow, so if you haven’t yet, please complete your Census now.
Almost all decisions made by governments, businesses and local community groups, including the need for services such as childcare, schools, retirement homes and health services, depend on knowing how many people of different age groups are located in each part of Australia.
Information on how many people are working or looking for work tells us a lot about what is happening in Australian society and the economy. Answers to these questions will help produce a picture of employment and unemployment at a local level and among particular population groups. Information about the type of work that people do can be used to plan education, training and other services.
For more than 100 years, the Census has provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time and allowing us to plan for the future. It aims to collect accurate data on the key characteristics of the people in Australia on Census night, and the dwellings in which they live.
Over the past two centuries, people have come from all parts of the world to live in Australia. An understanding of the origins of all the people who call Australia home, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations, plays an important role in developing policies and services that reflect the needs of our diverse society.
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If you haven’t completed the Census, there’s still time. Look out for your Census Field Officer or reminder letter arriving shortly.
Thanks to everyone who has completed the Census. If you haven’t completed yours yet, there’s still time. Look out for your Census Field Officer or reminder letter arriving shortly.
There's still time to complete your Census. Please complete it online or in paper form now. You will not be fined for completing the Census after Census night.

If you have your Census letter and would like to order a paper form, please call our automated paper form request service on 1300 820 275. It’s open 24 hours.

If you haven’t received your household’s Census materials, a Field...
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We continue to work with Australian Signals Directorate and our providers to get our secure online Census form back up as soon as possible.

A further update will be provided tomorrow.

We'd like to again apologise that the online form is still not available, and reassure the Australian public that their privacy is our highest priority.

2016 Census online form update
We have published an update on our website. Still working to restore the service. More updates soon.

2016 Census online form update
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If you identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, you should mark ‘yes’ for that question. If you identify as both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, you should mark ‘yes’ for both boxes.
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