Census 2016

I thought it might be appropriate to say a few words with regards to the 2016 Census on Tuesday, August 9.

census2016Some people have privacy concerns and don’t want to lodge their name and address that identifies them with other personal information in the data. It’s a valid issue. In the digital world of today, there is a definite need for concern when it’s in the hands of the government.

If you are one that wants the census available to future family historians and genealogists in 100 years time, there are two ways to achieve this. If you don’t, we’re assured that your name and address will be destroyed from it in 4 years time.

Option 1. Fill in item 60 of the census form. This will enable your census to be kept by the National Archives of Australia, with names and address still attached, to be released in 100 years to the public. See image below.

Option 2. Fill in the paper version of the census form and photocopy it before sending. Or, do the online version while also doing the paper version to keep for yourself. This is only if you don’t want the government to hold on to your names and address after the 4 years, but want to retain the census to file away with your personal family history documents.