The Census of Population and Housing is conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) every five years.
The Census aims to accurately count the number of people in Australia, their key characteristics, and the dwellings in which they live. Everyone in Australia is counted on Census night, even if you are not an Australian citizen or resident. This includes travellers who have just arrived in the country and international students.
The Census aims to take a 'snapshot' of Australia on Census night. It collects vital information that decision makers, government and communities use to allocate services, facilities and funding in your area. The information you give about yourself and your family is strictly private and confidential.
First results of the 2011 census will be released in June 2012 on the Australia Bureau of Statistics website http://www.abs.gov.au/census.