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Census night is Tuesday 10 August 2021.

What the Census is 

The Census counts every person and household in Australia. The information collected in the Census helps inform important services and support for migrant and refugee communities across Australia. For example:

  • libraries use Census data to understand languages spoken in local communities so they can stock in-language books for their readers
  • supermarkets use Census data to plan the products to stock for their customers - including international foods
  • media organisations use Census data to know what programs to deliver in-language.

The data from the 2021 Census will be more important than ever. It will provide valuable insights into how the pandemic has changed life in Australia.

The Census includes everyone in Australia 

Every person in Australia needs to be included in the Census, so that Census data is as accurate as possible. This includes visitors to Australia and international students.

Help for your community  

We’ve developed the following resources to help you get your community Census-ready:

  • stakeholder toolkit
  • information sheets (available in 25 languages)
  • stories about how the Census has helped multicultural communities
  • posters (also available in 25 languages)
  • short animated videos (available in 7 languages)
  • social media tiles.

There's translated information about the Census. All the resources are available for you to download and share and will hopefully help you answer questions from your community.  

Please visit the Census website for more information about support available to complete the Census.

Keeping the community safe during COVID-19

The health and safety of the community and our staff will continue to be our highest priority. We’re closely monitoring the developing situation across multiple states and territories and will adapt our approach to suit local circumstances. Visit the Census website for the latest updates.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Census contact or email You can also follow us on Facebook for up to date information.