Review of 2021 Census topics

The five yearly Census provides critical data to inform Australia's important decisions. Every Census, the ABS makes a recommendation to the Australian Government on the topics that should be included in the Census.

The ABS is reviewing what information is most beneficial to collect in the 2021 Census and is considering the valuable submissions provided by data users, organisations and members of the community in the recent public consultation process.

What’s next?

From July, we will be assessing the suggestions for topics to add or review using the assessment criteria. This review will include submission assessment, targeted stakeholder engagement, testing and learning from our international partners. In late 2018, the ABS will release a paper summarising the preliminary topic recommendations emerging from the consultation. The final recommendation will be provided to the Australian Government by the middle of 2019 informed by further stakeholder discussions and comprehensive testing on new topics. We anticipate that the final 2021 Census questions will be published in 2020. The final questions will guided by an on-going and extensive testing process.
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Topics collect on the Census

Topics have been organised into the following broad themes and detailed information is available:


What does the review involve?

The 2007.0 Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Topics, 2021 provides important details on:
  • what information is collected in the Census;
  • what stakeholders told us prior to public consultation; and
  • what was the criteria for deciding what to collect; and
  • what was the process for making a submission.

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