Duncan Young: Census is ‘on track’

Whilst the online form was unavailable, the important undertaking of a Census has continued, says the program head.

Over the past two days our field staff have been collecting information from hotels, hospitals, aged care facilities, and undertaking interviews of people sleeping rough.

More than 100 mobile teams have been visiting remote Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, assisting each household to complete their Census forms. A number of communities have already completed the Census.

As previously reported, more than 2.3 million online Census forms had already been completed and submitted before we took the system offline. A further 65,000 forms have already been completed this afternoon.

A number of people were partway through their Census form when the system was taken offline on Tuesday night. The form saves progress regularly … so people can resume their forms using their Census logon number and the password that was provided when they started their form.

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