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

Glenn - The Census Expert

Glenn is an ABS data expert with huge intellect and capacity to convert demographic data into profound insights about places. He has contributed numerous blogs and consulting projects covering economic development, housing consumption and affordability, migration, fertility, ageing, role and function of ‘place’, communities of interest and more. Glenn works with over 120 councils bringing the client perspective into the development of our information products. He is a Census data expert, having worked at the Australian Bureau of Statistics for 10 years. If there's anything Glenn doesn't know about the Census, it's probably not worth knowing - so ask Glenn!

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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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