Everything (Yes, Everything) You Need To Know About Census 2016

Everything (Yes, Everything) You Need To Know About Census 2016
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There’s a lot to talk about with this year’s Australian Census. For the first time, names and addresses will be recorded and kept, and this move alone has prompted widespread questions regarding security, privacy and the risks of non-compliance.

We’ve collected together all the stories you need to read — from what happens if you don’t put your real name down to why you probably shouldn’t say you’re a Jedi.

This Year’s Australian Census Won’t Be Anonymous

This decision was actually quietly announced on the Australian Bureau of Statistics website on 18 December 2015.

The 2016 Census Will Keep Your Name And Address

Australian Lawyers And Scholars Encourage Civil Disobedience In This Year’s Census

In December 2015, in a move that mostly went unnoticed, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said that it would keep the name and address of every person in Australia, with the collection of that data effectively starting with this year’s Census. That data will ostensibly be used to “provide insight” into things like what jobs Australians have after reaching high school, university or further levels of education, and linked to citizens’ electronic health records to build an eerily complete digital picture of the country’s population.

So Many Australians Are Claiming ‘Jedi’ As Their Religion That It’s Becoming A Problem

Here’s the problem: On the 2011 census (it takes places every five years) 64,390 Australians put “Jedi” down as their religion, an increase of from 58,053 on the 2006 census, according to The Brisbane Times. Numbers like that put “Jedi” right behind Sikh on the list of religions in the country. It seems unlikely that all these people truly believe themselves to be actual Jedi, and most of them make the claim as a harmless way to declare their Star Wars fandom and give the government the middle finger at the same time.

Census 2016: Should You Be Concerned About Your Privacy?

Opponents of longer retention of names and addresses have cited concerns relating to privacy, security, coercion and identification of individuals and minority populations. Some concerned about the changes have called for sabotage and boycott.

The Greens And Nick Xenophon Speak Out Against the Census

Without accurate data, essential government services could be misdirected, under-resourced or wiped out, The Greens say, and Nick Xenophon is calling for the whole thing to be postponed as community concerns arise.

The Greens Say Fines For Not Providing Your Name In The Census Must Be Scrapped

If the ABS refuse to push census day back, they need to guarantee they will not fine people who choose to protect their own privacy, Australian Greens Co-Deputy Leader and Communications spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said.

What You Need To Know If You Are Planning To Avoid The Census

From Lifehacker:

Ten Things To Remember When Completing The 2016 Online Census

How To Dodge Census 2016 To Protect Your Privacy

While the Government has tried to reassure the public that the personally identifiable information in this year’s Census will be kept safe, it has yet to provide an adequate reason as to why it’s collecting this data. It’s an extensive form that asks a lot of personal questions so it’s no surprise that privacy advocacy groups and industry experts have condemned this new approach to data collection.

Ask LH: Will I Really Be Fined For Not Completing The Australian Census?

Not Home On Census Night? The ABS Will Still Find You

Maybe you genuinely have plans on Census night or maybe you’re just trying to dodge the survey to keep your privacy intact. Either way, the ABS has put systems in place to ensure you have no excuse.

What To Do If You Lose Your Census Login Code

The 2016 Census is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, August 9. In order to use the eCensus, you’ll need to enter your 12 digit Census Login which every household received over the past few days. This was included in the Census Instruction Letter which sports green text and a padlock symbol on the envelope.

How To Keep Your Name Off The Census Without Getting Fined

Census 2016 has been marred with controversy since it was revealed that the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will be retaining the name and address of participants for up to four years. Privacy experts and critics have lambasted the move, forcing the Prime Minister to come out to reassure the public that personally identifiable data will be kept safe.

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