The federal government has announced that the ‘long form’ part of the Census has been cancelled. The “long form” which goes out to 20% of households and is compulsory, is the part that supplies all the really interesting statistics about income, ethnicity, occupation, education, immigration status, travel to work etc. Without this, the detailed neighbourhood information that has been derived from censuses for the last 35 years will not be available for research, policy decsions and comparative purposes.
The replacement is a new National Household Survey that will go out to 30% of households but be voluntary. Voluntary surveys are known to have poor response rates from many groups especially the low income, less educated and immigrant populations as well as those with higher incomes.
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