eCensus take-up rates
|The eCensus is the online option for completing a Census Form in the Australian Census of Population and Housing. eCensus provides respondents with a fast, easy and secure alternative to the traditional paper form. The 2011 Census was the second time the online option has been available; it was first offered in 2006. |
Respondents were provided with a Census Form Number and an eCensus access code in order to log in and complete their Census Form via the eCensus website. Although Census Night was Tuesday 9 August 2011, the eCensus was open from Thursday 28 July 2011 until Monday 5 September 2011 to allow for a higher response rate. Respondents were able to access the eCensus at any time during this period to complete and submit their form.
e-Census take-upeCensus take-up refers to the number of households who chose to complete their Census Form using the online eCensus option, rather than returning a traditional paper form. The eCensus take-up rate refers to the proportion of Census Household Forms completed online for occupied private dwellings.
eCensus take-up across Australia for 2011For the 2011 Census of Population and Housing, 2,706,051 households submitted their form via eCensus, representing a national eCensus take-up rate of 33.07% for all occupied private dwellings (refer to Table 1). This is a large increase from 2006, when the eCensus take-up rate was 10.15%.
As in 2006, the Australian Capital Territory recorded the highest eCensus take-up rate for 2011 (44.96%). This was followed by Western Australia (35.46%) and New South Wales (34.19%) (Table 1).
The regional differences in 2011 eCensus take-up rates for greater capital cities and the rest of state regions are presented in Table 2. All states and territories had higher take-up rates in their greater capital cities compared with their 'rest of state' regions. Excluding the Australian Capital Territory, the highest greater capital city eCensus take-up rates were for Greater Sydney (39.42%), Greater Perth (37.61%) and Greater Brisbane (36.33%). Queensland recorded the highest eCensus take-up rate for the 'rest of state' region, at 29.44%.
Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. Discrepancies may appear between sums of the component items and totals across tables.