Northside residents urged to be counted on Census night

Member for Nudgee, Leanne Linard, says residents on Brisbane’s northside should make sure they are counted in the 2016 Census to be conducted nationwide by the Australian Bureau of Statistics next Tuesday 9 August.

Ms Linard said even a small undercount in the Census could cost Queensland millions of dollars because many federally funded programs were distributed on a per capita basis.

“It’s been estimated that every Queenslander who is not counted in the Census on 9 August could cost Queensland around $5,300 in lost revenue,” she said.

“That means even if just 1% of the 210,000 residents in the ABS’s Brisbane North region are not counted, Queensland could miss out on more than $11 million in federal funds.

“That’s why the State Government is mounting a public information campaign urging all Queenslanders to ensure they’re counted in the Census.

“The campaign features Sesame Street’s popular Count von Count to grab everyone’s attention and make sure they know that Queensland is counting on them to be counted in the Census.

“An accurate Census count helps every level of government plan and deliver services and infrastructure where they are needed most.

“Business operators and community groups also use Census data to give themselves an accurate picture of our region and its communities so they can better respond to changes in our population.

“The ABS is hoping that more than 65 per cent of households will complete their Census online.

“From 1 August the ABS was distributing a letter to all households with unique login instructions for the Census website and instructions on how to lodge their information online.

“For anyone who needs them, paper Census forms will still be available,” Ms Linard said.

For further details you can visit the Queensland Treasury’s Census 2016 website — www.treasury.qld.gov.au/census

Or you can visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ website and follow the Census 2016 links — www.abs.gov.au

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