Warwick residents will fill in the national census August 9.
Warwick residents will fill in the national census August 9. Shannon Newley

Census day looms for households

LESS than one month remains before Warwick households are asked to answer a series of questions.

The 2011 National Census will take place on August 9, marking 100 years of censuses in Australia.

Carried out by Australian Bureau of Statistics, the census provides a snapshot of Australia on census night, and the information is used by all levels of government when planning for services.

It is also used as the basis for the estimation of the population of Australia and each of the states and territories, which are used to determine the number of seats each state and territory has in the House of Representatives.

More than 5000 census collectors will hand-deliver forms to every household and accommodation place in Warwick from July 29.

Residents also have the opportunity to complete the form online through an eCensus. The census collectors will offer that method when they visit Warwick households and give out the web address with a unique password.

Queensland Census director Sally Pritchard said the census would shed light on the Warwick community.

“The census lights the way forward for planning such things as schools, hospitals, roads, health services and public transport,” she said.

Head of the Population Census Program Paul Lowe said all Warwick residents were required to complete the census.

“Like voting, completing the census is compulsory,” he said.

“The Australian Bureau of Statistics has overwhelming community support for the census. The vast majority of householders willingly co-operate and the need to enforce penalties is rare.”

Key Census dates:

July 28, 2011 – eCensus opens to the public.

July 29, 2011 – Distribution of census forms begins.

August 9, 2011 – Census night.

From August 10 – Collection of census forms.

June 2012 – The first results from the census will be released.

Changes since 1911 census

Some of the changes since the first national census in 1911:

7300 employed in 1911; 40,000 employed in 2011.

Collectors covered for costs of horse fodder in 1911; fuel costs covered now.

Census asked people whether they were subjects of the British Empire; now it is on a huge range of things.



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