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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. Peter Bayley says:

    Agree with your comments on disability. Self-reported information on disability without data on severity and lack of function is almost useless.

  2. john petheram says:

    Evidence of severe threats to Australia from climate change is indisputable, and this reality is increasingly accepted. Yet very few people even talk about climate change and fewer act to combat it. This silence and inaction portends much more disasterous outcomes for communities than many topics covered in the census. If these topic (silence and action/action) were covered in the census it would greatly help raise awareness.

  3. Christopher Pryde says:

    Talking from a genealogical point of view.

    In the past when we used paper forms for the Census, I could photocopy the completed form before it was collected. I did this for almost all of the Censuses over the last 30 years. I have now been scanning these and adding them to my family tree, and therefore do not have to wait for the actual forms to be released in 100 years time (or whenever).

    When we did the last Census online, I was hoping that there would be an option at the end to review the completed answers, or even print it out. There was not. Is there any chance that something like that could be considered for future online Censuses.

    We genealogists love original source documents. 🙂

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