The Australian Census is happening this Tuesday 9 August. It’s a moment for everyone to pause and play a role in shaping the future of Australia.

Do I have to participate?

Participation in the Census is compulsory. We encourage you, wherever you are on the night to complete the Census. Doing so ensures that the survey captures accurate data on the lives of people living with a disability. This helps inform government decisions such as funding for the sector.

How do I participate?

From August 1, households will receive a letter with a unique Census Login. Every household must use it to complete the Census online, or follow the directions to order a paper form.

If you need support completing the Census, please discuss with your carer, family members, or someone close to you who you trust to assist where relevant.

For further information on the Census, visit the Census website.

About the census

The Census of Population and Housing is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. 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.

In 2016, the Census will count close to 10 million dwellings and approximately 24 million people, the largest number ever counted in Australia to date.

The information collected in the Census helps estimate Australia’s population and this information is used to distribute government funds and plan services for the community – housing, transport, education, industry, hospitals and the environment. Census data is also used by individuals and organisations in the public and private sectors to make informed decisions on policy and planning issues that affect the lives of all Australians.