Bayside calls for national support for strong Australian Census
25 March 2015
Bayside City Council will push for local governments from across Australia to support a national call for the Commonwealth Government to maintain the frequency and funding of the Australian census at existing levels.
Bayside Mayor, Cr Felicity Frederico, said that the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census provides crucial data that enables local governments to plan and deliver services that are appropriate for their communities.
“The current 5 year Census data is vital for local governments to plan for their communities and better understand their changing needs,” Cr Frederico said.
“Any move to change the frequency and funding of the current Census would dilute the usability of this data.
“The Commonwealth Government’s proposed changes to Census data collection would significantly hamper the ability of local governments to effectively serve communities across Australia.”
The call will be formally made in a motion to the Annual General Assembly of the Australian Local Government Association in Canberra in June 2015.
“The Annual General Assembly of the Australian Local Government Association provides councils with the opportunity to address local issues at a national level,’ Cr Frederico said.
“It is in the interest of all Australians that local governments provide a united front in calling on the Commonwealth government to continue the current frequency and funding for the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census.”
The Annual General Assembly of the Australian Local Government Association will be held in Canberra between 14 and 17 June 2015.
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