Now, you may be wondering why we're discussing Census Data here . . . but what we're really talking about is getting the numbers, and getting the experts to analysis them. That's where .id come in, and that's where they'll come in at Congress 2017 when we get the data scoop on local government data with the launch of the State of the Sector Report in May!
For now, here are a few facts from our recent National Census collection:
- Over 96% of households responded to the Census. 72% responded without any prompting from a field officer.
- 59% of households completed the Census form online. This results in much better data, as respondents are guided through the form and it’s harder to miss questions.
- While the number of households using the online form was lower than expected due to the form being offline on Census night, it’s still almost double the online response from 2011.
- There were fewer refusals to complete the Census in 2016, down a little from about 13,000 in 2011 to less than 11,000.
- After the Census, 86% of people agreed it should be compulsory.
- Preliminary investigation indicates a decline in households not responding to the income and religion topics (typically these have the highest non-response and religion is optional anyway), and a slight increase for birthplace.