We’re Counting On You

Tomorrow night is census night here in Australia. Once every five years the Australian government gathers information on the Aussie population. It’s kind of a stock take on all the people in the country. It helps them plan for the future and just gives us an indication of who we are as Australians.

It’ll be the first time that we can fill out our census information online.

I wonder how much has changed for your household since the last census five years ago. I imagine there’ll some happy changes and some not so happy.

We’ll have the same number of people in our household but we’ll be in a different area. We moved house almost exactly two years ago.

What’s been the biggest change for you in the last five years? Whether you’re in Australia or not, I’d be interested in seeing what the big changes have been for you over the last five years.

Filling out the census form might not be everyone’s idea of fun but it beats the alternative of getting all Australians to stand together in one place once every five years to be counted. Can you imagine it? Three million four hundred and forty two, three million four hundred and forty three, three million four hudred and … hang on …. someone moved. We’re going to have to start again. One, two, three, four, five, six ….

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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  • Funny, the same happened here this year – just not online. People went from door to door and you had to answer their questions by law. There were warnings that info-seekers from other “organizations” might be amongst them, the whole matter threw quite a discussion on personal data. We were spared, maybe due to work.

    Here, too, it was a move to our new home, as owners, I still can´t believe it.
    And the birth of my little Niece 🙂
    Oh, and beforehand Bro´s wedding!

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