The 2016 Census will be conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on 9 August.
Helping residents fill out forms Where possible, care recipients should complete Census forms in the same way as any member of the public.
If you have care recipients who cannot physically fill our their forms, or cannot get help from family members or representatives, you may be able to nominate a staff member to be recruited and paid by the ABS as a Special Field Officer to help. The Special Field Officer can assist care recipients by interview or use information from administrative records to complete the Census form.
Using personal information and your responsibilities under the Act Providing information to the ABS on behalf of care recipients who cannot complete the form themselves will not breach your Approved Provider responsibilities. The request from the ABS complies with Division 62 of the Aged Care Act 1997 (the Act).
How Census data will be used The 2016 Census will be an important source of data for planning by the department and other agencies that provide aged care services. It will help us understand how our population is ageing and where older people live. It can also provide information about population mobility and identify areas that older people are relocating to. Well-informed planning will allow us to target aged care services to Australians who need them.
ABS Area Supervisors are currently visiting aged care services to talk about the Special Field Officer role and how you can ensure Census counts are as accurate as possible.
Please contact the ABS directly on the number below if you have any questions.
If you are a provider of aged care services (funded under the Commonwealth Aged Care Act 1997) unsubscribing from this service, the department requests that you supply an alternate email address, e.g. group mailbox, to continue receiving important information for your organisation.
Machinery of Government changes Due to recent government changes, responsibility for ageing and aged care has moved to the Department of Health. Information is currently still available on the DSS website (www.dss.gov.au/ageing-and-aged-care). We will notify you when information will be transferred to the Department of Health website (www.health.gov.au/ageing-and-aged-care).