Privacy and the Census (ALRC Report 12)

ALRC Report 12 (tabled November 1979) reported that the aim of the census was to produce valid statistical information for use by governments, by industry and by voluntary organisations in planning and in making decisions that affect the welfare of all Australians.

The report concluded that there were enormous benefits to be gained from the information in the census, however the report recognised that public concerns were valid as existing law only provided haphazard protection for personal information.

View ALRC Report 12 on the AustLII website.