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2006 Census: On-line forms: October 2004

2006 Census: On-line forms: October 2004 ¡X 13 October 2004

On-line Option for 2006 Census

Statistics New Zealand has awarded the contract to develop an on-line census form to Datacom. This represents a major milestone in the development of an on-line option for the Census of Population and Dwellings in March 2006. Under the contract, Datacom will develop, integrate, operate and support the electronic form, which will be in addition to the traditional paper census forms used in New Zealand for more than 100 years.

Statistics New Zealand researched overseas electronic census experiences and developed a prototype application which proved the feasibility of using the Internet to collect census data. Datacom will now develop a data collection system that integrates an on-line option into overall census processes so that however the public choose to complete their census forms ¡V on-line or on paper ¡V the information is collected and processed efficiently. Government Statistician Brian Pink said Statistics New Zealand was pleased to be able to offer this choice to New Zealanders. ¡§Initial testing has shown that around 15 to 20 percent of people may want to take up this option in 2006.¡¨

Mr Pink added that, as well as meeting e-government objectives for delivering services via the Internet and public expectations for an electronic method to complete their census forms, Statistics New Zealand would also be making savings in collection and processing costs in the future. "An Internet option for the 2006 Census will position Statistics New Zealand to take advantage of technology in the 2011 and following censuses," he said. Other major benefits would include more timely and higher-quality census data. ƒnƒnMedia Release Email: Toll free : 0508 525 525 Auckland Phone: 09 920 9100 Our Information Centres are at: Wellington Phone: 04 931 4600 Christchurch Phone: 03 964 8700

Data security and usability are key requirements for the system¡¦s design. People will access the on-line forms over the Internet via a secure site using a security e-pin. ¡§The security and confidentiality of information was paramount in deciding that an on-line option was viable," Mr Pink said.

The new system will be trialled in the final large test of census processes, the Census Dress Rehearsal, which is conducted in March 2005 in preparation for the census itself in March 2006.

Brian Pink Government Statistician


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