The Australia 2016 census is going to follow a new process, which has been criticized not only by privacy advocates but also by common people.

Next Tuesday, Aussies will have to fill out the census forms, be it voluntarily or under the fear of penalty of up to $180 per day. The main reason behind the hesitation of the people regarding the filling up of the form is that the Australian Bureau of Statistics has made it compulsory for the respondents to name themselves, which had remained only optional information prior to 2016.

Australians are worried where the information would actually reach. They fear the information is being shared for unsavory purposes in the future. To help alleviate such fears, the complete process of the census 2016 has been discussed in brief.

What is the Census?

The collection of statistical details relating to the population of the nation at the interval of every five years is called census.

What are Aussies expected to do?

On August 9, nationals will be asked a range of questions to obtain information regarding their work status, marital status, family size, languages known, place of birth, etc. Each household will be given a form to fill out.

In 2016, however, the mode of recording the information has changed a bit. This time, around 8 million households will be given a 12-digit unique code to be used to fill out the form online. Paper forms can also be requested by the people if they are more comfortable with it. They can contact the ABS and receive one.

Why is the Census important?

Since 1828, Australians have been following the process but it was made official only in 1911. It helps to let the government know the population figures, and hence, compute the taxpayers’ dollars that were spent.

Where would the information reach?

With the help of Australia 2016 census, the government will be aware of the population figures, which will make it easier to distribute funds and plan services accordingly for the nation, including education, health and transport.

On the basis of the details, the government sets electoral boundaries based on the number of people residing in one region.

What if someone doesn’t participate?

In case anyone is left behind, the ABC reported that he/she must be ready to pay a penalty of $180 a day as specified by The Census and Statistics Act 1995 for failing to complete and return the census form.