Census letters still on their way to Hinkler homes

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is urging local residents not to be too concerned if they haven’t received their Census letter or paper form in the mail yet.

The Census – undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics every five years – takes place on Tuesday, August 9.

Mr Pitt said the Hinkler electorate office had received a number of calls from people who had not yet received a Census letter or were having trouble ordering a paper form.

“Some households haven’t received their Census letters yet, but they should receive them in the coming days,” he said.

“In some areas of the electorate, paper forms will still be hand-delivered by Census staff.”

Mr Pitt said once you have your letter you can either complete the Census online – using the login number on the letter – or you can call and request a paper form.

“I understand that the Census Inquiry Service is experiencing a high volume of calls with people wanting to order paper forms, and I ask that people are patient,” he said.

“We’ve also had calls from people worried they’ll be fined for not completing the Census, despite trying to call and get a paper form sent to them.

“If you receive the paper form after August 9, you need to complete it as soon as possible and return it in the Reply Paid envelope.

“Just ensure you answer the questions based on where you were on the night and for everyone who was present in your household on August 9.”

Mr Pitt said reminder letters will be sent to every household that hasn’t responded to the Census, followed by a visit from Census Field Officers to ensure that every household is counted.

“The Census is a moment for everyone to play a role in shaping the future of Australia.

“Information collected helps governments make informed decisions about the services required, such as roads, rail, infrastructure, healthcare, housing, education and public transport services.

“So ensure that you stand up and are counted on Census night,” Mr Pitt said.

For more information visit: www.census.abs.gov.au