Locals to contribute to nation’s biggest survey on Census night

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Penrith residents are being reminded to check their letterboxes for instructions ahead of Census night on Tuesday, August 10.

Conducted every five years by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Census is a national snapshot to learn about citizens to help plan for the future.

In the 2016 Census, 196,066 people were recorded in Penrith and the estimated population for the area is now over 215,000.

In the midst of a pandemic, Census Executive Director and National Spokesperson, Andrew Henderson said the ABS expects 75 per cent of forms to be completed online.

“We’re encouraging people to complete their Census, as soon as they receive their instructions, if they know where they will be on the 10th of August,” Mr Henderson said.

“This means you don’t have to wait and complete on a single night… this flexibility will make it more convenient for people to complete.”

People are able to complete the Census, which will take the average household 30 minutes, online or on their mobile device. Some households will receive a paper form and a reply-paid envelope for its return, or these can be ordered online or by calling 1800 130 250.

Mr Henderson said they are also making it as easy as possible for everyone to participate by providing a range of support and assistance.

Using the results to help direct future funding and services, 2021 Census Inclusive Strategies Director, Georgia Chapman said the data is vital given the current COVID-19 situation.

“Census data is used to plan and fund services such as emergency shelters, domestic violence programs and transitional housing,” Ms Chapman said.

“With the impact that COVID-19 has had on so many of us, the 2021 Census will provide valuable insights into how the pandemic has changed life in Australia.”

The 2021 Census has also undergone its first change in questions since 2006, with two new questions being added. The new questions are on long-term health conditions, such as arthritis and diabetes, and on Defence Force participation.

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

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