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10th August 2021 is Census night (held every 5 years in Australia) a snapshot of who we are and tells the story of how we are changing.

As you know it is used to inform many things, from planning schools, healthcare and roads to local services for individuals, families and communities.

• 2021 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will support people with disability by providing information about the Census in different and easy to read formats.

They will also provide information to care facilities and services on how they can help people complete their Census.

• The Council of the Ageing (COTA) uses Census data to help understand issues affecting older Australians.

Changes to existing questions have been made to ensure continued relevance of the Census and improvement of the quality of the data.

• These include adding a non-binary option to the sex question (for the first time) and enhancing response options for the language and ancestry questions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

From late July 2021 Households will start receiving their Census instructions

10 August 2021 Census night

Mid-August 2021 Reminder letters delivered to households that have not responded

Late August 2021 Field staff start visiting households that have not responded

June 2022 onwards Release of 2021 Census data starts

To access the Fact sheet for people with a disability to participate click on the link below