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Dubbo To Be Census Tested

Victor P Taffa

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is about to commence a major test of its processes and procedures in readiness for next year’s Census of Population and Housing on 9 August, 2011.


ABS NSW Regional Director Mr. Chris Libreri and Mayor of Dubbo Councillor Alan Smith have announced the ABS will be conducting a Census test in several locations around Australia, including the city of Dubbo on 15 June, 2010.

Mr. Libreri said that Dubbo had been chosen as one of the test areas, as it is an excellent representative of regional Australia and will allow the ABS to fine tune procedures for the national Census in 2011.

“Approximately 4,300 households will take part in the Census test within the Dubbo region, which will form part of wider test covering some 20,000 households in New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia.” Mr. Libreri said.

“There will also be around 20 field staff employed for the Census test in Dubbo, and we expect more than 8,000 field staff will be employed in NSW for the Census itself in 2011.”

“Dubbo residents taking part in the Census test will have the opportunity to fill in their form online via the eCensus, which is a fast secure and easy way to participate.”

“All residents who participate will not only be helping the ABS, but your community and the nation, and the ABS thanks all participants and our local partners who have supported us so far.”

Mr. Libreri said next year’s 2011 national Census will mark 100 years of Census taking in Australia, with the first national Census conducted in 1911.

Key dates for the Census test:

Form Delivery – will commence from 2 June, 2010

Census Test Night – 15 June, 2010

Collection of test forms – from 16 June, 2010

Facts and figures about Dubbo:

Population in 1911 was 4452 compared with that of approximately 37843 as reported in the 2006 Census

There were 2210 males and 2242 females in 1911 while there were 18324 males and 19519 females reported in 2006

Occupied Private Dwellings:

Municipality of Dubbo – 1911 – 845

City of Dubbo – 2006 – 13,993


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