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The Census Goes Online

Australia counts population and households every 5 years in the Census. The 2006 count will be held on 8 August 2006 and for the first time can be completed online. Questions asked this year not asked in 2001 include:

* Need for assistance: Need for assistance questions will cover the areas of self care, movement and communication. Reason for need for assistance or supervision will also be asked.

* Unpaid work: This is being asked for the first time. These questions will include unpaid domestic work, unpaid care due to a disability, long term illness or old age, unpaid child care and voluntary work.

* Dwelling internet connection: The answers to this question will be used to measure how widespread household access to the Internet, both broadband and dial-up, has become in Australia.

* Number of children ever born: This question is asked every ten years to help calculate measures of lifetime fertility, including average number of children born to women and childlessness.

To find out more about how to do the Census online go to: http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/d3310114.nsf/home/2006%20Census:%20eCensus

Posted Sunday, 23 July 2006

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