Around 31% of households yet to complete census

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday August 17, 2021

Andrew Henderson
Andrew Henderson, Census executive director and national spokesperson, Australian Bureau of Statistics. (

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has reminded Australians that it’s not too late to fill out the census after receiving completed forms from 7,734,307 households across the country.

Since census night last week, the ABS has received responses from around 69% of households, in the form of 6,952,502 digital submissions and 781,805 paper forms.

The agency said that while the response has been ‘pleasing’, it would be reminding Australians who haven’t completed the compulsory national survey that their response is now overdue.

Census executive director Andrew Henderson said reminder letters would be sent to households that haven’t yet completed the census this week, and field staff would be visiting houses where possible, subject to COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’d like to thank the seven million households that have already completed their census. For those households that haven’t completed yet, it’s not too late. The census is compulsory, and we urge people to complete now,” Henderson said.

“If you don’t have your instruction letter, you can immediately complete online by selecting our ‘get a census number’ option. You can also request a paper form online, or by calling us on 1800 512 441. If you’ve already ordered a paper form, it is on its way to you.”

People who need assistance to complete their census can access help and support options by visiting or calling 1800 512 441, Henderson noted.

The ABS has estimated that, as of August 16, it has received 79% of forms from the ACT, 73% from Victoria, 69% from New South Wales, 69% from South Australia, 67% from Western Australia, 64% from Queensland, 60% from Tasmania, and 56% from the Northern Territory.

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