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2011 Census of Population and Housing (archived)

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The National Census is important to Queensland. Without it, we can't see how many Queenslanders there are. Which means the Federal Government can’t see where funding needs to go and important projects may never see the light of day. Let's make sure Queensland’s future doesn't get overlooked. Fill in the Census on Tuesday the 9th August and see that Queensland gets all the federal funding our growing population deserves. Census is for all of us.
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The national Census is important to Queensland – without it, we can’t see how many Queenslanders there are.

The Australian Census of Population and Housing is held every five years and was held on Tuesday 9 August 2011.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is responsible for conducting the Census. Queensland Government Statistician's Office (QGSO, then OESR) worked closely with the ABS to make sure that everyone in Queensland was counted and that the 2011 Census count for Queensland was as accurate as possible.

Accurate Census information and population counts are important – they are used to work out funding for Queensland, to inform policies, plan services and measure changes in our growing population. Census information is particularly important for people in regional Queensland, providing detailed small-area data used daily by business and community groups.

The Census is for all of us.

Making sure every Queenslander counted

It is important for every Queenslander to be counted on census night. The Queensland Government 2011 campaign ‘Census is for all of us’ complemented the national ‘Census for a brighter future - shed some light on Census night’ campaign and encouraged Queenslanders to be ‘visible’ and for every person in the state to be counted. Without the Census the Australian Government can’t see where funding needs to go and important projects may never see the light of day.

How private and secure is my information?

ABS census collectors take privacy and confidentiality very seriously. All personal information collected in the 2011 Census was kept confidential. The Census and Statistics Act 1905 guarantees this protection and legally binds all ABS staff (including temporary employees working during the Census) never to release personal information to any individual or organisation outside the ABS.

eCensus is a highly secure system that protected the privacy of all personal information collected. In 2011, the connection between personal computers and the eCensus was protected using 128-bit SSL encryption, the same technology used for internet banking. This  represented best practice, complied with the Australian Government Information Security Manualdeveloped by the Defence Signals Directorate, and was independently reviewed and thoroughly tested to ensure that private information was secure.

Regional or more remote parts of the state?

Regional and remote areas of Queensland present particular challenges to the census collectors and during the 2011 Census it was more difficult to find and count people who lived in these areas. Queensland is a big place with vast distances between western and northern towns. People could be a long way from a town, living on a property, working on a mine site, or just travelling through on holiday.

For people in regional or remote areas at census time, the census collector  contacted households before 9 August and travellers staying at hotels, motels or caravan parks on census night were given a census form by the proprietor.

Under 30?

If you had moved out of your childhood home and were living in your own place you may have been completing a census form for the first time in 2011. It was important that people under 30 understood that completing a census form would provide valuable data for government to negotiate funding and plan infrastructure and services for the whole State—infrastructure and services that used every day.

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Living in a high-rise or gated community?

Census 2011 postcard

More people in Queensland live in high-rise apartment buildings or gated communities as this lifestyle can be more convenient and offer privacy and security. For people living in a secure apartment in 2011 census collectors made special arrangements to make they sure you didn’t miss out on the Census. In some cases the ABS census collectors talked to building managers about the best ways of delivering census information.

Identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Queensland?

At the 2006 Census, there were around 155,800 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples counted as living in Queensland. However, more than one in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders weren’t counted. So it was important in 2011 that all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders were counted. They were encouraged to complete a form and asked to identify with the question, “Is the person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin?” (if Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander mark () in the box for “Yes, Aboriginal” or “Yes, Torres Strait Islander”; for persons of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin, mark both “Yes” boxes). Special Indigenous Assistants were available to help.

Indigenous local government areas

In 2011 the ABS was committed to providing a better census count for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and worked directly with residents of Indigenous local government areas to build involvement and to improve the quality of data. Census interviewers visited every household over a four-week period in the lead up to Census night to ensure that everyone was counted, including babies, older children and visitors. Being counted in the Census helps to tell a story as a person, family or community – and Census data provides a stronger basis for negotiating resources and funding.

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Australian South Sea Islander community

The Australian South Sea Islander community is recognised as a distinct cultural group in Queensland. However it is estimated that there are more people in this group than have been officially counted through Censuses. The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission’s 1992 Census of Australian South Sea Islanders revealed the community probably numbered between 10,000 and 12,000 people—with the majority (80%) still living in Queensland at that time.

In the 2011 Census only 3,093 people indicated their South Sea Islander ancestry, with 4,037 (77%) of these stating their usual residence as Queensland. The larger communities are around Mackay and Brisbane. All Australian South Sea Islanders living in Queensland were encouraged to identify their ancestry on the 2011 census form with the question “What is the person’s ancestry?” (if Australian South Sea Islander in the box under “Other – please specify” … “Australian South Sea Islander”).

The ABS raised awareness of the importance of identifying as an Australian South Sea Islander in the ancestry questions and recruited an Australian South Sea Islander special collector in Mackay.

New to Australia and to speaking in English?

The ABS employed collectors from different cultural backgrounds  to assist new arrivals in 2011. Friends and relatives who could speak and read English were also called upon to assist fill in the census form.

Media releases and Ministerial statements

The links below will take you to the Queensland Cabinet and Ministerial Directory website: 

Last reviewed 13 July 2016