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Census (2006) Regulations 2005

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SLI 2005 No. 259 Regulations as made
These Regulations prescribe the external territories to be included in the 2006 Census and the matters in relation to the statistical information to be collected. Repeal the previous Regulations to ensure that the matters relevant to the 2006 Census are prescribed prior to Census day.
Administered by: Treasury
Registered 15 Nov 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR29-Nov-2005
Tabled Senate29-Nov-2005
Date of repeal 17 Dec 2015
Repealed by Census and Statistics (Census) Regulation 2015

Census (2006) Regulations 20051

Select Legislative Instrument 2005 No. 259

I, PHILIP MICHAEL JEFFERY, 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 10 November 2005



By His Excellency’s Command




1              Name of Regulations

                These Regulations are the Census (2006) Regulations 2005.

2              Commencement

                These Regulations commence on the day after they are registered.

3              Census Regulations 1994 — repeal

                The following legislative instruments are repealed:

·      Statutory Rules 1994 No. 309

·      Statutory Rules 2000 No. 34.

4              Definitions

                In these Regulations, unless the contrary intention appears:

Census day means the day in the year 2006 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.

5              External Territories prescribed under section 2 of the Act

                For section 2 of the Act, the following external Territories are prescribed:

                (a)    Christmas Island;

               (b)    Cocos (Keeling) Islands.

6              Matters prescribed for the purposes of section 8 of the Act

                For section 8 of the Act, the matters set out in Schedule 1 are prescribed.

Schedule 1        Prescribed matters

(regulation 6)


1              In relation to a person

1.1           Name

1.2           Sex

1.3           Age

1.4           Relationship to the other persons, if any, who spend Census night in the same accommodation

1.5           Present marital status

1.6           Address of usual residence

1.7           Address of usual residence 1 year before the Census day

1.8           Address of usual residence 5 years before the Census day

1.9           Religious denomination

1.10         Citizenship

1.11         Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

1.12         Country of birth

1.13         Country of birth of each parent

1.14         For a person not born in Australia — the year of the person’s first arrival in Australia

1.15         Languages spoken at home

1.16         For a person who speaks a language other than English at home — his or her proficiency in speaking English

1.17         Present attendance at an educational institution

1.18         For a person who is not less than 15 years of age:

                (a)    the highest level of primary or secondary school completed;

               (b)    education qualifications;

                (c)    labour force status;

               (d)    income;

                (e)    domestic activities;

                (f)    the provision of unpaid care due to the disability, long term illness or old age of another person;

                (g)    the provision of care to a child;

                (h)    voluntary work through an organisation or group

1.19         Ancestry

1.20         For 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)    the main duties or tasks that the person usually performs in the occupation;

                (g)    mode of travel to work by the person on Census day;

                (h)    if the person owns a business, the total number of persons who are employed by the business

1.21         The need for assistance with, or the supervision of another person for, any of the following activities:

                (a)    self care;

               (b)    body movement;

                (c)    communication

1.22         The reason for requiring assistance or supervision for, any of the following activities:

                (a)    self care;

               (b)    body movement;

                (c)    communication

1.23         For a female who is not less than 15 years of age — the number of children to whom she has given birth

1.24         The type of educational institution attended, if any

2              In relation to a household accommodated on Census night in a private dwelling

2.1           The address on Census night

2.2           For 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)    student status;

                (e)    relationship to other members of the household;

                (f)    Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin

2.3           The right, title or interest of the household in the household’s accommodation

2.4           The number of bedrooms in the dwelling

2.5           The rent or loan repayments payable by the household for its accommodation

2.6           If the dwelling is rented — the nature of the person or body to whom rent is paid

2.7           The number of registered motor vehicles, garaged or parked at or near the dwelling on Census night, that are owned or used by residents of the dwelling

2.8           Whether the dwelling has an internet connection

3              In relation to a private dwelling

3.1           The structure

3.2           The location

3.3           The status of a person in the dwelling

4              In relation to a dwelling other than a private dwelling

4.1           The classification of the dwelling by reference to its purpose

4.2           The status of a person in the dwelling

4.3           The address of the dwelling

4.4           The name of the establishment, if any

4.5           The number of persons resident in the establishment.


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