Australians called on to identify their ethnicity on Census night

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Census night is coming, but how many of us are really that serious about filling out the form? Director of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils (FECCA), Sharon Ride, says that filling out your ethnic or linguistic background is “really, really important” because the data is then used in the allocation of community services, in particular access to community information in languages other than English. In fact, the data that you put on your CENSUS form actually goes further than the ABS computers. ABS statistics are used in the allocation of funding and support for a wide range of community services from broadcasting to health to childcare. If you need help you can call the Census info line on 1300 362 883 or 1300 363 365 for languages other than English.

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