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2016 Census: issues of trust

By Senate Standing Committees on Economics

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On 31 August 2016, the Senate referred the 2016 Census to the Senate Economics References Committee for inquiry and report by 24 November 2016. The terms of reference include the following matters: The 2016 Census, with particular reference to: a) the preparation, administration and management on the part of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Government in the lead up to the 2016 Census; b) the scope, collection, retention, security and use of data obtained in the 2016 Census; c) arrangements, including contractual arrangements, in respect of the information technology aspects of the Census; d) the shutting down of the Census website on the evening of 9 August 2016, the factors leading to that shutdown and the reasons given, and the support provided by government agencies, including the Australian Signals Directorate; e) the response rate to the Census and factors that may have affected the response rate; f) privacy concerns in respect of the 2016 Census, including the use of data linking, information security and statistical linkage keys; g) Australia’s Census of Population and Housing generally, including purpose, scope, regularity and cost and benefits; i) ministerial oversight and responsibility; and j) any related matters

Topics: Census, Government information, Information technology projects, Information technology--Security measures
Publisher: Senate Standing Committees on Economics
Year: 2016
OAI identifier: oai:apo.org.au:70704
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