Independent Member for Indi, Cathy McGowan AO, is encouraging the public to be patient with the 2016 Census process. Ms McGowan said residents who had not received a letter, either via mail or drop off, with the unique login number should contact the Enquiry Service on 1300 214 531 between 8.30am and 8pm.
“Census Field Officers will be dropping off forms in selected rural areas and these are expected to arrive before Census night on August 9,” Ms McGowan said.
Paper forms can be requested by phoning the 24-hour paper form request line on 1300 820 275. You must have your login number to request a form. If you do not receive a number, call the Enquiry Service.
The Census information can be completed leading up to or following Tuesday, 9 August.
Ms McGowan stressed people willing to complete the Census, but unable to do so on the night, will not incur a fine. “According to information provided by the Treasurer’s office, fines will only apply to people refusing to complete the Census after being given a number of opportunities to provide the information,” she said.
Ms McGowan said the Census was an important undertaking to reflect the current state of our communities. This will help plan for funding allocations and service delivery.
“The data collected will identify needs. It’s vital people provide as much information as possible to allow MPs to represent their electorate effectively, and advocate for needs, and also guide Government planning,” Ms McGowan said.
2016 Census timeline
Early August - Census Instruction Letters and forms delivered
9 August - Census night
9 August - 30 Sept - household visits by field officers
April 2017 - first results from 2016 Census released