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The 2016 Census embraces the digital age

As the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) continues delivering material to more than 9 million Australian households, the Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, today encouraged Australians to take part in next week's 2016 Census of Population and Housing on 9 August.

Mr McCormack said the ABS' innovative, digital-first approach to Census taking reflected the changes in Australian society, and would form the basis of Government policy development and service delivery over the coming years.

"As our economy and society continue to diversify, it is vital that we have highest quality data about our population to inform policy making that will drive economic growth and national prosperity," Mr McCormack said.

"The Census has been a pillar of our democracy, and critical to Governments for more than a century. This Government will make full use of statistics from the 2016 Census to facilitate innovation and investment as we govern through our next term."

Mr McCormack said the Government welcomes and congratulates the ABS on entering a new era of Census taking in 2016, with a majority of households expected to complete the Census online, saving taxpayers more than $100 million and delivering Census data earlier.

"This Census sees the ABS truly transition into our modern, digital economy, and will reinforce its relevance and global leadership in delivering official statistics for the benefit of Australia as a whole, our communities, and our citizens.

"Only through the Census can we get a full picture of who we are, where we live, where we come from, how we contribute to the economy, and so much more. It shows us how far we've come and will steer our nation into the future.

"I strongly encourage all Australians to participate and complete the 2016 Census to provide an accurate snapshot of Australian society as it currently stands.

"With more than 98 per cent of Australians participating in the 2011 Census, this shows the value the Australian community places in completing the Census."

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