The Upcoming 2021 Census Helps Determine Services for Communities

6 August, 2021

6 August 2021

The Upcoming 2021 Census Helps Determine Services for Communities

Next week on Tuesday 10 August 2021, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will count every person and home in Australia, in its Census of Population and Housing.

The Census is conducted every five years, is compulsory, and is a valuable resource to accurately determining what programs and services our communities need.

When you fill out a Census form, the information is used to help make decisions about services like:

  • Schools and early learning services
  • Health clinics, health services and aged care
  • Employment and training needs
  • Improving roads
  • Community programs

Having the right information means the right service delivery. For example, knowing the number of babies in your community can help plan funding and services for preschools or mums and bubs health programs.

That’s why it’s important our mob lists everyone staying in their home on Census night, such as Elders, babies and visitors. People don’t have to be living at the address to be included.

If anyone’s concerned, personal information is protected by law and isn’t shared with anyone, including government agencies such as police, Centrelink or housing offices. You can’t be identified by the information you share about yourself and your family on your Census form.

You can find out more at the link below and read specific stories about how Census information helps Aboriginal organisations learn more about the needs of their local communities, secure funding and target their service delivery.


We pay our respects to the Traditional Owners of the lands where we work as well as across the lands we travel through. We also acknowledge our Elders past, present and emerging.

Artwork Credit: Craig Cromelin, from a painting he did titled, "4 favourite fishing holes". It is a snippet of his growing years on the Lachlan River, featuring yabby, turtle, fish and family.