Ready for the 2016 Census? It’s time to assist others

Assisting others

The Census is the largest form of information gathering conducted in Australia, it tells us about our way of life and helps us plan for the future.

On Tuesday the 9th of August, you will need to get online and complete the 2016 Census.

How do I complete the 2016 Census? 

Last week, all Australian households should have received a letter with their login details in order to access the Census online.

Once you have received your login details, to complete the 2016 Census you will need to:

  1. Go online – www.census.abs.gov.au
  2. Select ‘complete my Census’
  3. Enter your 12 digit login number
  4. Complete the 2016 Census
  5. Then click ‘submit’!

What happens if I don’t complete the 2016 Census? 

If a person fails to complete the Census online or return a form, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will notify the person of their legal obligations to complete the Census. After receiving the warning letter, if the person still doesn’t complete the Census they may receive a fine of up to $180 per day.

People who are overseas on the 9th of August, do not need to complete the 2016 Census.

Supporting those who might need assistance

Now that you’re prepared, you should make sure that your loved ones or clients are also ready for the 2016 Census. Do they have their login details? Do they have access to a computer? If they’re unable to go online, they will need to request a paper form by calling 1300 820 275. In some locations such as hospitals and nursing homes, Census Officers will be available to help complete the Census.

If you, your loved one or client has a hearing or speech impairment, you can contact the Australian Bureau of Statistics through the National Relay Service. There are also videos available in Australian Sign Language (Auslan) and Close Captioning that will help people who are deaf to participate in the Census. Click here to access videos that provide information on how to complete each Census question in Auslan.

There are also a broad range of alternative formats of the form available for people who are blind and people who have low vision. The Census paper form and Reply Paid envelope are available in Braille, large print and audio formats. You can request an alternative format of the Census form here.

About the Author

Natasha Trgo

Natasha Trgo is Marketing Coordinator at Better Caring, a community of independent care workers offering their services directly to clients.