As you surely know by now, August 9 is Census night in Australia. If you’re going to be away tomorrow, have an unexpected internet outage or simply don’t have time to fill out the form, DON’t PANIC: the ABS is giving all Australians an unofficial deadline of September 23 to complete the survey.
According to the ABS Census and Statistical Network Division general manager Chris Libreri, while it is preferred that the forms are all filled out by August 9, realistically, people have until September 23 to complete it.
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“No one has ever been fined for being late with their Census form, the fines are only if you eyes-open refuse to a Census collector,” Libreri explained during an interview with News.com.au. “…It’s not about being late or not receiving the form. We allow two weeks for people to do their forms and put them in before we start the field visitation phase.”
There are various reasons why you might not have time to fill out the Census, ranging from a family emergency to losing your online login code (if you’ve lost yours, here’s what to do.)
In other words, if you’re critically time poor, you don’t have to move mountains to complete the Census tomorrow: as long as you get it in by September 23 everything should be fine. Phew.