Australian National Census August 9, 2011

Posted by: Jan Meisels Allen

The Australian National Census will be conducted on August 9. Similar to Canada, there is an op-in question, whether the person answering the questions wants their individual census preserved or not when it will be eligible to be made to future historians and genealogists in 99 years. This is question 60. A "yes" response preserves the information for release in 99 years, a 'no" will mean the census form is destroyed after the statistical information has been collected. Not answering the question is equivalent of a "no" answer.

An survey found that 1/3 of Australians are planning to say "no"--a lower number than the Canadian census 5 years ago- but still a significant loss of individual data.

The census forms are being delivered to 9.8 million households who have the choice of answering the questionnaire on an eCensus online or paper form. To read more go to:

To read more on the Australian census go to:

Thank you to Dick Eastman and the Eastman Online Genealogy Newsletter for alerting to the opt-in question.

Jan Meisels Allen
IAJGS Director-at-Large
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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