26 September 2023

Migrants vital to Census data

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is celebrating the contribution of refugees to society this National Refugee Week (20–26 June) by reflecting on the importance of Census data to support migrant communities, including refugees.

Census Engagement Manager at ABS, Hala Kattab said it was important to capture the changing face of communities in the Census.

“The Census provides a snapshot of the diversity of cultures and languages that make up Australia,” Ms Kattab said

“I love to help local communities understand the importance of being counted,” she said.

“The role has helped me gain so many valuable experiences and I really feel like I’ve made a difference.”

Ms Kattab said organisations like Welcoming Australia relied on Census data to design initiatives that supported refugees, such as Welcoming Cities, a national network of local councils which worked to help people feel welcomed across Australia.

“With six weeks to go until the Census, I encourage everyone – our new and also long-time migrants – to participate, so accurate data can continue to help organisations and governments make informed decisions to benefit our changing migrant communities,” she said

Ms Kattab said instructions on how to participate in the Census would be sent to households in early August and people would be able to complete it online, by paper, or with help from Census staff.

Further information on the 2021 Census can be accessed at this PS News link.

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