Every 5 years the Australian Bureau of Statistics completes an annual Census of all homes. Clearly identifiable Census workers may come to your unit to deliver a form or provide assistance – you should ask to see their ID before opening your door. This is the ONLY time the Village ever allows people to go from door to door in the Village.
It is a timely reminder that Village Baxter NEVER EVER gives permission for any other door knockers in the Village – this includes businesses that other Resident’s use. If someone knocks on your door to promote a service or business that your neighbour apparently used, the business does not have Village Baxter permission or endorsement to do this. This means that Village Baxter has not provided the business with permission to work on buildings owned by Village Baxter, nor checked their business registration, liability insurance, Covid safe plan, conducted a criminal history check, and assessed their quality of work.
Please be mindful of scams operating at Census time and press your Nurse call button if you are uncertain of the legitimacy of anyone claiming to be a Census collector. Census Staff will NEVER ask for your banking details, to see your identification, to check your credit cards, or ask for passwords.
Census staff can be identified by the following items:
- 2021 Census or Australian Bureau of Statistics photo identification card
- All Census Field Officers (those who are contacting households) wear a bright yellow satchel.
- Census engagement staff may be wearing an orange shirt with the Census logo
Most Australian households will get instructions in the mail to complete the census online. This will have your Census number and temporary password. Go to www.census.abs.gov.au when you receive your instructions in early August 2021.
Some households will receive a paper form, we have been advised that Village Residents will likely receive paper forms and by the time this newsletter is printed, they will have already commenced door knocking in the Village. Once completed, you can return your form using the reply-paid envelope that will be provided or there will be instructions on the form if you prefer to complete it online.
If you have any questions or concerns about the Census, please contact one of our Staff in the Community Centres or Troy Boal, Retirement Living Manager.
The Census is compulsory and helps Government plan services now and into the future. The results also provide other organisations and institutions with an important information resource to understand issues, for example the data is used by the Council of the Ageing to enable them to understand and advocate for older Australians.
Take care, stay Covid Safe,
Kim Jackson, CEO