When we got back from Queensland, our mail included the letter with a code number so that we will be able to complete the census on-line. It may just be that we’ve been away, or perhaps it’s just me, but this census seems to have “sneaked up” on us, especially the requirement to provide the information on-line unless you pro-actively request a paper form.
Public attention has been on the election, of course, and there are now media reports about the census, so awareness is probably now turning to the census. However, I do wonder whether having the on-line approach as the default option is going to affect the accuracy of the information obtained. One would think that marginalised socio-economic groups are less likely to respond on-line. Perhaps the army of form-collectors that we’ve seen on previous occasions have been recruited anyway, ready to be deployed by the Bureau of Statistics after census night, to follow up on the gaps that will inevitably exist.