Census 2016 will be the first online

Census 2016 will be the first online

MILLIONS of people will pause to complete the 17th national census of population and housing in what could be the country’s largest and most significant online event next month.

Head of the 2016 Census Duncan Young said the August 9 data collection would be the most accessible ever, with people able to complete the survey from their home on their smartphone, tablet or computer.

Instruction letters and forms will be delivered from late July, with about 16 million people expected to complete the survey online.

Mr Duncan said more than 39,000 temporary staff would travel a distance equivalent to almost 200 trips around the circumference of the planet to count more than 24 million people from about 200 countries.

“Later this month and into early August, the ABS will deliver some 10 million letters to every household around the country in preparation for census night,” he said.

“These letters will be addressed ‘To the Resident’ and include a unique login and instructions on how to complete the census online, as well as details on how to request a paper census form.”

Census remote area mobile team leader Steven Pearce has driven 4500km across northern Australia to ensure everyone in his remote area will be part of the census.

For more details, visit www.census.abs.gov.au.