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Quality data counts at Census time

 
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Every year, the Queensland Department of Education conducts the Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care Census.

Early childhood education and care services, including long day care, kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care, and state and non-state schools that provide kindergarten programs, are asked to complete the Census.

While service providers invest significant time in completing the Census, you may not realise just how valuable that data is, and how the quality of the information supplied is as important to the sector as it is to the department.

The data determines Queensland's allocation of Kindergarten funding from the Australian Government and informs decision making in the year ahead on the important issues of funding, workforce planning and program development. The department's recent workforce initiatives are based on information and trends in the Census data.

This year, early childhood services are being asked to complete 2 surveys.

As well as the annual Queensland Census in August 2021, the Australian Government is conducting the National Workforce Census (NWC) in May 2021.

Currently, data from the NWC is not provided to the Department of Education. To enable consistent and complete data, the department requests your input into the Queensland 2021 Census.

Some of questions may be similar, so planning ahead may save the time and effort involved to complete both surveys. It is recommended that you keep a copy of the information submitted to the NWC to help you complete the Queensland Census.

The 2020 Queensland Census achieved a 100% response rate. The department is committed to supporting the sector to repeat this result in 2021.

We'll be providing more helpful tips on completing the Queensland Census closer the launch date.

Data from the 2020 Census is now available.

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Last updated 27 April 2021