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Australia’s national Census compulsory for all international students

INTERNATIONAL students will be required by law to participate in Australia’s upcoming Census on August 9. Find out why the Census is important to you and future students.

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UPDATE (August 10, 2016): Following server outages on Census night, which restricted Australians and international visitors from completing their form, the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirmed on Twitter that fines would not be imposed towards anyone who was unable to access or complete the Census form on Census night.

The ABS also reminded the public that the Census could be completed at any time from now until “well into September”.

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On August 9, all international students will need to participate in Australia’s national Census to help create a snapshot of the nation by counting every house and person in the country.

The census is not exclusive to Australian citizens and includes every single person currently in the country as Annette Kelly, Victorian Census Director, explained.

“The census is compulsory for everyone in Australia on Census night and that includes all people who are visiting the country, whether they’re tourists or here for a longer term such as international students, or those who are on working visas,” Ms Kelly said.

International student participation will not only help to determine how many overseas students currently reside in Australia but will also go a long way in helping businesses and government provide the right services to the international student community. Information provided by students may help prospective students with their future education experience abroad as previous Census’ have helped to plan Australia’s health, transport and infrastructure.

Students concerned about giving their personal details on the Census need not fear however as Ms Kelly was quick to reassure that all information would remain private and confidential.

“By law, [Australia has] very strong legislation that says the data provided to the Australian Bureau of Statistics cannot be provided to any other government agency, court or tribunal,” she said.

Ms Kelly further emphasised that personal data collected from the Census can not be shared between housing bodies, the Department of Immigration or the Australian Taxation Office.

All households will soon receive instructions on how to complete the Census, which for the first time in Australian history, can be completed using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device.

If students live in a share house, they must make sure that they are included on the online household form, or ask for a personal login by calling 1300 214 531. If students live in a residence, their accommodation provider will have a personal form with login details.

International students who wish to learn more about the national Census can do so by visiting its official website, where information is available in 25 languages. If students need further language assistance, the Translation and Interpreter Service is also available on 131 450.

17 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Hello could you pls send to code my e mail ? Thank you

    • Yeah of course man, no worries

      • Hi could you please send me the form

  2. Hi sir/mam

    I haven’t recived census form to fill could you please send it to my mail ID.

    And I need login ID AND password please

    Thank you

  3. I have not received census form till now, please send it to my email…..Thanks

  4. I didn’t get the form… So can I please get one with the code

  5. I did not receive the form kindly send me the form and code in my email.

    Thankyou

  6. Could you send me the code as well? Thank You

  7. why is everyone posting their request on here, you call them up they will send it your address!

  8. Hi, I have not received any census form, ID and password. Can all these be forwarded to my email pls? Thank you

  9. Can you please help me by providing the form with the code… Many thanks…

  10. Can You send me the access code. Thank You.

  11. Please do send me 12digit code

  12. please late me know how i can get my digit code?
    Thankyou.

  13. I was searching for USCIS G-639 some time ago and learned about an excellent service that has lots of fillable forms . If you need to fill out USCIS G-639 as well , here’s a http://goo.gl/CNJcPL.

  14. Can you please send me the form on my email

  15. Can you please send me on my email form

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