Census 2016

What happens next with the data collected by the national Census of Population and Housing?

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.

The aim of the Census is to collect accurate data on the key characteristics of the people in Australia on Census night, and the dwellings in which they live. 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.

The 2011 Census results show that 98.3% per cent of the population participated, providing one of the most accurate Census results in the world.  The first release of data came ten months after Census night.

RDA Tasmania uses data from the Census in nearly all aspects of its work and particularly in the Regional Plan.  The identification of Tasmania’s regional priorities is informed by Census data which allows inter-regional comparisons as well as comparisons against other States and the national average.

If something prevented you from completing the Census on Tuesday 9th August visit the website www.census.abs.gov.au as soon as possible.