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Census 2021

Tuesday 10 August marks the 2021 Census, a day when the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) counts every person and every household in Australia for the Census of Population and Housing.

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

The data generated by the Census provides valuable insights that enable governments, businesses and not-for-profit organisations to make important decisions about future needs for Australia around transport, schools, health care, roads and buildings, as well as to help plan local services for individuals, families and communities.

While Census data tells us about the economic, social and cultural makeup of the country, your privacy is protected. All personal information is kept safe and secure and the ABS never release information that can identify any one person or household.

The Census is compulsory and each household must take part by completing the Census online, on paper or with support from the ABS via online or phone help.  

There is help available for those who need assistance in accessibility, and there’s also translated information about the Census and in-language support to help you complete your Census. Visit

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