#Censusfail? Or will data from the 2016 Census be more accurate than ever?

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is our resident Census expert. After ten years working at the ABS, Glenn's deep knowledge of the Census has been a crucial input in the development of our community profiles. These tools help everyday people uncover the rich and important stories about our communities that are often hidden deep in the Census data. Glenn is also our most prolific blogger - if you're reading this, you've just finished reading one of his blogs. Take a quick look at the front page of our blog and you'll no doubt find more of Glenn's latest work. As a client manager, Glenn travels the country giving sought-after briefings to councils and communities (these are also great opportunities for Glenn to tend to his rankings in Geolocation games such as Munzee and Geocaching).

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  1. Denied says:

    An interesting aspect about the online form is that, on a phone at least, the side bar menus are not visible. I saw side bars later on a friend’s iPad later but I did most of the census on my phone and did not know they were there. I am not certain, therefore, whether it is possible to switch between persons – as it did not seem so on the phone. This is important – in order to minimise handovers where one person does not complete the whole household form. For example, the first adult may fill out themselves and the children then handover to the second adult to complete so that they can do those detailed bits such as the tasks they perform in their job. Without the ability to skip Person 2 and have the last person data-entered be Person 2, then certain relationships are lost since the form requires Relationship to Person1/2 only and only one space to fill in non-standard information for Person 1 only. Thus, if Person 3 was the spouse of Person 1 and the father of Person 2, the relationship between Persons 2 and 3 will not be recorded. There is room to select Person 3 is the CHILD of Person 2 but not that they are their father. On a paper form, this is not an issue as Person 2 can be skipped and returned to later. They need to be skippable on the electronic form too so that all Adults are listed before children. In a de facto relationship, such information cannot be imputed, nor is it possible to tell, even in a registered marriage, whether they are a parent or a step-parent of Person 2, unless that information can be volunteered – which it can’t. Volunteered information can only be given for Person 1 not Person 2.

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