HSQ Submission To The Review Of The Australian 2016 Census

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) invited the public to have a say in shaping the 2016 Census of Population and Housing in November 2012, with submissions to be made by 31 May 2013.

HSQ made a formal submission, with the considerable contribution of HSQ member Mr. P Browne. The formal response (in PDF) can be downloaded here, or the text can be viewed on this page.


Have Your Say On The Australian 2016 Census


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) invited the public to have a say in shaping the 2016 Census of Population and Housing in November 2012, and closes in May 2013. The ABS will make a submission to Government in mid-2014, outlining recommendations on the nature and content of the 2016 Census. The content of the 2016 Census is expected to be finalised by the end of 2014.

As of 22 March 2013, there have been 43 submissions received about the content of the 2016 Census. 13 of these relate to the Religion question. The ABS states:

All submissions received support the retention of this topic. The majority of the submissions request that the Census questions be modified to better capture information about people with no religion (e.g. rewording the question so that ‘No religion’ is at the top of the list of response categories or in the position accorded by the number of responses in the last Census).

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 31 May 2013. To make a submission, go to 2016 Census: An opportunity to have your say.


The Census May Be Providing A Misleading Picture Of The Number Of Australians Who Hold Religious Beliefs


The census data on religion produced in previous years gives a wholly misleading picture of religiosity in Australia. The Census question regarding religious affiliation is structurally biased. We believe that if the census question concerning religion required people to write the name of the religion they practice, instead of ticking a box in the list of options provided, it is likely a completely different picture would emerge. Importantly, in 1994 the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) stated that : “It is important to note that while the religion with which people identify is recorded, the census does not measure the extent of their involvement or commitment.”


Why This Matters


If you identify yourself as religious on the census, but in reality are not, then you are treated by some sections of the media, churches, and government policymakers as if you are a fully-fledged believer.See why inaccurate census data matters.


What You Can Do


The short answer is simple. If you’re not religious, then answer “No Religion” on the census. Unsure about how to answer the religion question? Read through our FAQs.



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7 easy ways to clean your office after a census campaign in Brisbane

There are a number of benefits that come with a clean office in Brisbane. It is therefore important that an organization invests in cleaning services to ensure that the office is clean and tidy after a census campaign. You can hire commercial cleaners in Brisbane here. But besides seeking the services of commercial cleaning agencies, there are also several steps that have to be followed when cleaning the office to ensure maximum cleanliness.

Encourage hand washing

Office cleanliness is not only restricted to taking care of the floor, walls and washrooms, it goes far beyond that. It is important that the staff is informed on the importance of hand washing. On an average day, an individual can meet a number of people, and touching a lot of hands in this case. What most people do not understand is that most infectious diseases are usually transmitted through touch. You can achieve this by including soap dispensers in places that are frequently visited.

Use disinfectant

To ensure that you get rid of all germs and virus causing bacteria, it is important to use a disinfectant during the cleaning process. Besides, you should also have disinfectant wipes available. They can be very useful in ensuring that the office is always clean and smells fresh. Sanitizing the office can help reduce the spread of infections

Remove litter from desk spaces

To ensure maximum productivity, ensuring that the whole office environment is kept clean can be very important. If the employees are working in an environment that is taken care of, they will work more efficiently. It is therefore important that the desks are also kept clean and tidy. This can be achieved by advising the staff members to take care of the desks by getting rid of all the unnecessary materials around their work stations.

Empty the bins

After a function has been held, there is a high possibility that the bins will be full of left overs. If this is kept for longer periods without being disposed, it can be a breeding zone for germs and viruses. Besides, they will also smell after a period of time. It is recommended that the bins should be emptied within the shortest time possible. As much as this can take some time, it will ensure that everyone is comfortable in the environment they are working on in the long run.

Avoid eating at the desks

Most of the staff members prefer to take snacks and drinks at their desks. First, this can be a very unproductive act since most of the time will be wasted on the drinks. It can also make the whole place untidy. You should encourage the staff members to look for other convenient places where they can be taking the foodstuffs rather than the desks,


It goes without saying that cleanliness plays a very vital role in the productivity of your workplace. It is therefore important that every organization input more efforts in ensuring that the office is kept clean for the benefit of every individual concerned.

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