The web page of the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that it is unavailable, in Sydney, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. An official said Wednesday Australia's first attempt to conduct a census online was in disarray after several cyberattacks on the website. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
The web page of the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that it is unavailable, in Sydney, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. An official said Wednesday Australia's first attempt to conduct a census online was in disarray after several cyberattacks on the website. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft) Rick Rycroft

Census countdown: 10 days left

TIME is running out to complete your Census form.

There are only 10 days until the online form formally closes on Friday, September 23 and less than a week left to return a paper form.

Head of the 2016 Census, Duncan Young, says the Australian Bureau of Statistics has now received more than 90% of responses from Australian households, and two million more online forms than in 2011.

"If you're among the less than one in 10 households in Australia that hasn't completed your Census, now is the time to get it done. Don't wait until the last minute or until it's too late,” Mr Young said.

"If you have your 12-digit online login number or paper form at home, complete it today before it's too late.

"And don't forget to hit 'submit' at the end of the online form or to post the paper form in the provided blue reply paid envelope.”

The vast majority of people in Australia have now completed the Census and Field Officers continue to visit households that haven't completed their forms. They will issue households with final reminder letters after visiting multiple times.

"If you're experiencing difficulties with the form, Census Field Officers are visiting households and can help you with any issues you have. Alternatively you can call the Census Inquiry Service which will operate until the end of September,” Mr Young said.

"Remember, fill in your form in relation to the night of Tuesday, 9 August 2016.

"The Census is compulsory. If a person refuses to participate in the Census, the Australian Statistician has the power under the Census and Statistics Act 1905 to direct them in writing to do so.”



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