The 2016 Census consultation process


When does the submission process close?

The submissions process closed on Friday, 31 May 2013.

When will I get a response about my submission?

Each submission received will be acknowledged by email or post.

The content of the 2016 Census is expected to be known by the end of 2014. People who have provided submissions will be advised of the outcome at this time.

How long will the review process take and what happens after the submission period closes?

Following assessment of submissions, final recommendations on the nature and content of the 2016 Census were discussed with the Australian Statistics Advisory Council in late 2013. The ABS will make a submission to the Australian Government, outlining recommendations on the nature and content of the 2016 Census.

The Government will make the final decision on the content of the 2016 Census, which is expected to be known by the end of 2014. People who have provided submissions will be advised of the outcome at this time.


How do I find out more information about specific topics?

An outline of the topics is included in Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content and Procedures, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0). More detail on each topic can be found in Supporting Information on Topics under the Explanatory Notes tab of the publication.

What key themes have emerged from the public submissions?

Key themes emerging from the 2016 consultation process are summarised in the information paper Census of Population and Housing: Submissions Report, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0.55.001).

I’m interested in the new procedures being introduced for the 2016 Census. Can you tell me more about them?

The planned changes to the delivery and collection procedures are outlined in the information paper Census of Population and Housing: Consultation on Content and Procedures, 2016 (cat. no. 2007.0).

More information will be provided after extensive testing of these procedures in the publications Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content 2016 (cat. No. 2008.0), to be released in 2014, and How Australia takes a Census 2016 (cat. no. 2903.0), to be released in early 2016.

How will the new delivery approach impact specific population groups in Australia?

There will be targeted approaches for specific population groups to ensure that all people are included in the Census. These groups include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities, homeless people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people living in mining camps and fly-in/fly-out workers and travellers.

The ABS will be reviewing the approaches and associated procedures used in the 2011 Census, so they take into account the proposed new Census enumeration model. The ABS will also be looking at opportunities to evolve these special approaches into being a core part of the main operation to ensure all Australians are able to participate in the Census.

How will the ABS test changes to the Census questionnaire and procedures?

The ABS has already started an extensive program of testing for the 2016 Census. This program includes a series of thorough tests conducted in various cities, rural and remote locations between 2012 and 2015.

What if I have more questions about the topic consultation process?

If you have any questions about the topic consultation, please contact the ABS National Information Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or email 2016census@abs.gov.au