The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is about to conduct a Census Test in parts of Gungahlin. The test is part of ABS’ extensive planning for the next Census in August 2021.
Census data plays an important role in our community. For example, it has been used to help protect Canberrans at risk and keep communities safe. ACT Policing use Census data about population growth in suburbs and known pockets of vulnerability. This helps them foresee problems and allocate police and other community services where they’re needed most.

Census Test night is Tuesday 27 October 2020.

The Census Test is voluntary, but it’s important that everyone who is invited to participate takes part. The GCC strongly supports the ABS Census and encourages all those selected to do the Census Test to participate. Watch this video to learn more:

From 14 October, households in selected test locations will start receiving letters or forms with instructions on how to complete the Census Test from the ABS.

Not everyone in test locations will be asked to participate. If households don’t receive information from the ABS, there’s nothing they need to do.

Households can complete the Census Test online or on paper and should include everybody who stayed in their household on Census Test night, including visitors and babies.

If people don’t complete the test on Census Test night, they can still do it online afterwards or request a paper form. They may receive a reminder letter from us or in some areas (excluding Victoria) field staff may visit.

Residents can call the Census Test Contact Centre on 1800 512 441 and also find more information and self-service options at

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