How interpreters are helping power the 2016 census

Some of NAATI's industry partners, including TIS National and VicDeaf, are working with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to provide accessible information and interpreting services to assist culturally and linguistically diverse Australians to complete the Census.

The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS. For more than 100 years, the Census has provided a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time, allowing us to plan for the future.

The next Census is happening very soon on August 9. It’s a moment for everyone to play a role in shaping the future of Australia.

This Census will be Australia’s first Census where more than two thirds of Australia’s population, more than 15 million people, are expected to complete the Census online on August 9.

The online Census form has received certification by internationally recognised industry leader, Vision Australia (VA), to ensure people who are blind or have low vision have a smooth experience when completing the Census.

For other non-English speakers, TIS National interpreters can assist you calling the Census Inquiry Service with general enquiries. The Census Inquiry Service will be available from 22 July —30 September 7 days a week.

However, due to the confidential nature of the information collected, the ABS won’t be offering a dedicated over-the-phone assistance service to complete the Census.

Learn more on the Census website or watch the ‘Making Sense of the Census’ video series translated into six languages.

Published: 25/07/2016