The Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) conducted an interaction program on the Census of Population and Housing (Census) with representatives from Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) at the Nepal Consulate on Friday, 22 July 2016. The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).The next Census is on August 9, 2016 and is a moment for everyone to play a role in shaping the future of Australia.
The main objective of the program was to discuss how to raise awareness about the significance of census to each member of the Nepalese community. Representatives from Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducted an informative session and explained the importance of participation of each member from the community. They also emphasized that the information provided will be private and kept strictly confidential and how it will help estimate Australia’s population that is used to allocate government funds and plan services for community, for instance, housing, park, transport, education, industry, hospitals, infrastructue and the environment. The Hon. Consul General also stressed on the importance of awareness campaign through various forms of media so that the message of participation in census reaches out to maximum number of people.
The informative session highlighted that goal of the Census is to accurately collect data on the key characteristics of people in Australia on Census night and the dwellings in which they live. The program was initiated by the Nepalese Association of Victoria (NAV) in association with the consulate office, the Non Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) and Australian Nepalese Multicultural Centre (ANMC).