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Older Australians urged to take part in Census

Media Release 9th August 2016

COTA Australia is urging Australians to take part in the Census of Population and Housing (Census) today, saying its results are essential to determining what services are needed for older Australians and where.

Ian Yates, Chief Executive of Australia's leading seniors' organisation, COTA Australia, said information collected during the Census will create a clear picture of Australia's population - used to determine where to distribute government funds and important services including supports for seniors, hospitals, and public transport.

"The Census allows governments and other decision makers to look at population trends that show us where services will be needed, and it is a key tool for evidence-based social policy to help shape where support should go.

"It's critical that people take part in the Census so that decision makers get as accurate as possible of the nature, distribution and diversity of our population and its needs.

"The important information gleaned from the Census is used by every level of government in determining where to provide services, like health and medical services, migrant and translation services, libraries, public transport and urban infrastructure.

"We particularly urge older Australians to take part in the Census, whether it be online or with a paper form which can be requested from the ABS.

"Census data is also used by organisations, like COTA, to help develop informed proposals to governments on policy issues that impact the lives of all Australians - the future of this country depends on this information," said Mr Yates.

The Census is Australia's largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Media contact: Ian Yates 0418 835 439, Olivia Greentree 0439 411 774

COTA Australia is the peak policy development, advocacy and representation organisation for older Australians, representing COTAs in every State and Territory and through them over 500,000 older Australians.

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