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Help shed some light on Census night
Released 16 March 2011

It’s Census time again and the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales is urging all members to offer their assistance to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and help ensure that their residents are fully counted.   

The Census of Population and Housing is conducted by the ABS every five years. The next Census will be held on Tuesday, 9 August 2011. This marks a significant milestone -100 years of national Census taking in Australia.

The Census provides a ‘snapshot’ of the nation on Census night – the number of people in Australia, their key characteristics and the houses in which they live. It collects vital information that all levels of government, businesses and communities use to assist with local planning of services.

Everyone in Australia on Census night needs to participate in the Census even if they are not an Australian citizen or resident. Only foreign diplomats and their families are excluded.

The Real Estate Institute of New South Wales fully supports the Census and recognises that Census data is vital to the planning and development of housing, transport, hospitals, schools and other important local infrastructure.

29,000 Census Collectors will begin delivering Census forms to Australia’s 9.8 million households in July 2011. Census Collectors are required to make contact with every household, including people living in secure apartment buildings.

We urge all of our members to help shed some light on Census night this year by offering their assistance to the ABS and the team of Census Collectors in your area, and provide direct building access so that your residents have the opportunity to participate in the Census.

By helping to ensure that all households are accurately counted you will help light the way forward for facilities and services such as transport, community centres, health clinics and other services you use in your local area every day.

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