The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has updated the online Census with an assurance to all Australians — if you lost your Census materials or never received them, you’re not going to receive a fine. Instead, it suggests you chill out and try calling them tomorrow. (Who could have predicted that all those warnings about $180 daily penalties would get people worried? /Sarcasm.)
Here’s the updated message from the ABS that now appears on the Census website:
We are experiencing an extremely high volume of calls. Do not worry if you have not received your Census materials. You will not be fined if you complete your Census after Census night. Try calling again after August 10 when we expect call volumes to reduce.
It would appear the ABS has been inundated with emails and phone calls from paranoid Aussies who can’t complete their Census for whatever reason. As we explained previous article, these fines are only used by the Bureau as a last resort; it’s not like a late fee.
Has anyone completed their Census yet? Did anything stump or surprise you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.