Who decides what’s in the 2016 Census?


Rebecca’s background is in marketing and communications and she has previously worked in media companies in Singapore. She is constantly fascinated by technology, so much so that she has enrolled herself in a PhD course to understand how media technologies impact people in different spaces. She's working with us part time to help us negotiate the world of online communications. When you read our blog or our newsletter, it’s Rebecca’s hard work behind the scenes that bring these to you.

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5 Responses

  1. Carly says:

    Thank god the government decided to continue doing the census!

  2. Roger says:

    Hi Rebecca
    Thanks for your article.
    I refer to your question: What are some of the burning questions you would like to ask/be asked in the coming census?
    Some of us have been asking for the Census to include a question about each person’s visa status.
    Included in the Census count but not identified by visa status are many who are living in Australia for more than a year but will not be ongoing residents. This includes, for example, some of
    – about 100,000 temporary skilled workers
    – about 500,000 internationsal students
    – about 150,000 working holiday makers
    Service providers and policy people need to know whether to take account of these people when planning future programs.

    • This is a good idea. It’s not collected in the Census and I suspect would be a difficult question to get good response to. Visa status actually one of those linked variables for which the ABS is keeping the name-identified records a bit longer this time. There is a collection called “Census and Migrants”, which links Visa status to the Census data, which is available from the ABS on a subscription basis. and enables you to cross-tabulate Visa status with all the Census characteristics (no information on individuals of course, as it’s confidential). As that’s already available I don’t think they’d be looking at adding it into the Census proper.

  3. Hi Rebecca, does .id have any thoughts on the privacy concerns regarding the retention of names and addresses for longer to allow more data matching between the census and other data sets?

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