Knock, knock no more as Census clicks online


IF YOU live in a city or a large regional town, don't wait for someone to deliver your Census form - you should check your letterbox.

That is the message from Census officials because Tuesday marks one week until Census night.

A letter from the Australian Bureau of Statistics addressed "to the resident" will be delivered to eight million households in the lead-up to the Census.

It will include information about how people can fill in their Census forms online.

The letter will include a unique login code. For those who do not wish to fill in the Census online, there will also be information about how to request a printed copy.

About 65% of households, or 15 million people, are expected to fill out the Census online but those living in remote areas will receive a hard copy from a field officer.

This year is the first Census with a digital approach and it is expected to save taxpayers $100 million.

"We are a digital nation and it's important we move with the times," Queensland Census director Caroline Deans said.

"You can complete the Census anywhere you have access to the internet, whether it's on a laptop, tablet or phone."

It is possible to fill out the Census earlier but it needs to be completed in relation to Census night.

It is expected the first results from the Census will be released in April.

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