ABS encouraging everyone to complete their Census early with one day to go

With just one day to go before census night kicks of on August 10, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is reminding everyone that they can complete their Census early.

The ABS estimates it has received 2,388,009 forms in the 2021 Census as of Monday August 9, at 8am.

The tally is based on forms submitted online through the Census Digital Service 2,347,798 and paper forms received by the ABS 40,211.

Census executive director and national spokesperson Andrew Henderson said thanked everyone who had already completed their census early.

"We're encouraging everyone who hasn't yet completed their census to take the opportunity to complete it today as soon as you can," he said.

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Parents and carers are also reminded to include all children and in their care on Census night.

Data from the 2016 Census showed 1 in 20 children aged 0-4 were not included on Census forms that year.

That's 5.1per cent of kids in Australia that were missing from the household form at the place they were staying on Census night.

Census executive at the ABS, Averil Templar said the ABS wanted to highlight the importance of including newborns on the Census form.

"Welcoming a baby into the world is a very exciting time for parents and to help them get the best start to life, we're reminding families across Australia about the significance of counting their newborns this Census," she said.

"Information collected by the census is used to inform important decisions that affect families like local playgroups, health care, schools and transport, so including your children on your Census form will help to build a better future for your family."

Organisations like Playgroup NSW have used census data to help plan where a playgroup would be beneficial to local families.

Nadene Lee, CEO of Playgroup NSW said the data from the census gave them insight into population, age and other important statistics that helped them create the best possible impact through play based programs and services.

What is the Census?

The Census, held on Tuesday August 10, 2021, is a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing. It is one of the largest and most important statistical collections undertaken by the ABS.

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