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Census Regulations

Authoritative Version
SR 1994 No. 309 Regulations as made
Principal Regulations; Repeals the former Census Regulations
Administered by: Treasury
General Comments: This instrument was backcaptured in accordance with Section 36 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003
Registered 01 Jan 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR20-Sep-1994
Tabled Senate20-Sep-1994
Gazetted 06 Sep 1994
Date of repeal 16 Nov 2005
Repealed by Census (2006) Regulations 2005

Statutory Rules 1994   No. 3091


Census Regulations

I, The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

Dated 30 August 1994.


                                                                                    BILL HAYDEN


By His Excellency’s Command,




Assistant Treasurer



               1.   These Regulations may be cited as the Census Regulations.

[NOTE: These Regulations commence on gazettal: see Acts Interpretation Act 1901, s. 48.]


               2.   In these Regulations, unless the contrary intention appears:

“Census day” means the day in the year 1996 that is appointed under subsection 8 (2) of the Act;

“Census night” means the night of the Census day;

“private dwelling” means a dwelling other than:

             (a)   a hotel, motel, hostel or boarding house; or

             (b)   a dwelling used solely or principally as sleeping accommodation by members of a group of persons who share common living or dining areas or other common amenities; or

             (c)   a religious institution; or

             (d)   a residential institution (including a hospital, nursing home, school, university, college, orphanage, house of refuge, prison or other penal or corrective institution); or

             (e)   a vessel, other than a houseboat, used in navigation by water;

“the Act” means the Census and Statistics Act 1905.

External Territories prescribed under section 2 of the Act

               3.   The following external Territories are prescribed for the purposes of section 2 of the Act:

             (a)   Christmas Island;

             (b)   Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

Matters prescribed for the purposes of section 8 of the Act

               4.   The following matters are prescribed for the purposes of section 8 of the Act:

             (a)   in relation to a person:

                          (i)   name;

                         (ii)   sex;

                       (iii)   age;

                        (iv)   relationship to the other persons, if any, who spend Census night in the same accommodation;

                         (v)   present marital status;

                        (vi)   address of usual residence;

                      (vii)   address of usual residence 1 year before the Census day;

                     (viii)   address of usual residence 5 years before the Census day;

                        (ix)   religious denomination;

                         (x)   citizenship;

                        (xi)   Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin;

                      (xii)   country of birth;

                     (xiii)   country of birth of each parent;

                     (xiv)   in the case of a person not born in Australia—the year of the person’s first arrival in Australia;

                       (xv)   languages spoken at home;

                     (xvi)   in the case of a person who speaks a language other than English at home—his or her proficiency in speaking English;

                    (xvii)   present attendance at an educational institution;

                   (xviii)   in the case of a person who is not less than 15 years of age:

                                    (A)   age of leaving school;

                                    (B)   education qualifications;

                                    (C)   whether employed or unemployed;

                                    (D)   income;

                     (xix)   in the case of a female person who is not less than 15 years of age—number of children given birth to;

                       (xx)   in the case of a person who is not less than 15 years of age and was employed (including self-employed) during the week immediately preceding the Census day:

                                    (A)   status in employment during that week;

                                    (B)   occupation during that week;

                                    (C)   the name and address of the undertaking in which the person was employed during that week;

                                    (D)   the main kind of business or industry carried on, or service provided, by that undertaking during that week;

                                     (E)   the hours worked by the person during that week;

                                     (F)   mode of travel to work by the person during the week;

             (b)   in relation to a household:

                          (i)   the address on Census night;

                         (ii)   in the case of a person who is usually a member of the household but is absent from the household accommodation on the Census night:

                                    (A)   name;

                                    (B)   sex;

                                    (C)   age;

                                    (D)   present marital status;

                                     (E)   student status;

                                     (F)   relationship to other members of the household;

                       (iii)   the right, title or interest of the household in the household’s accommodation;

                        (iv)   the number of bedrooms occupied by the household;

                         (v)   the rent or loan repayments payable by the household for its accommodation;

                        (vi)   if the household’s accommodation is rented:

                                    (A)   the nature of the person or body to whom the rent is paid;

                                    (B)   the provision of furniture;

                      (vii)   the number of registered motor vehicles garaged or parked at or near the address of the household on the Census night;

             (c)   in relation to a private dwelling:

                          (i)   the structure;

                         (ii)   the location;

             (d)   in relation to a dwelling other than a private dwelling—classification of the dwelling by reference to its purpose.


               5.   Statutory Rules 1989 No. 71 and 1990 No. 91 are repealed.


1.   Notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 6 September 1994.