There is still time to complete the census If you do not have what you need to take part, you do not need to wait for us. You can get an access code sent to you by SMS text message. If you have any questions, please call us on 0800 CENSUS (0800 236 787).

How to do the census online Me pēhea te whakamahi i te tatauranga mā te ipurangi

Doing the census online is quick, easy, and secure. Find out how you can take part.

How to do the census online Me pēhea te whakamahi i te tatauranga mā te ipurangi

Doing the census online is quick, easy, and secure. Find out how you can take part.

What you will need to do the 2023 Census online

  • A device with a current internet browser, such as a smartphone, computer, or tablet
  • Access to an internet connection.
  • Your private access code, which is on your census letter.

Everyone can do the census online

But the forms you need to complete may differ depending on where you are staying on census night: in a private dwelling, or in a non-private dwelling.

  • Private dwellings are places where households live. Common types of private dwellings are houses, townhouses, flats, units, and apartments.
  • Non-private dwellings include places like hotels, hostels, hospitals, and retirement homes. They are places that provide temporary or communal accommodation.

If you are in a non-private dwelling on census night, the person in charge will give you what you need to do the census online.

Completing the census online for a private dwelling

You will get your census letter (with your private access code) either from a Census Collector visiting your dwelling, or in the post.

You can complete your online census forms as soon as you have this. Complete them on or before Census Night, Tuesday 7 March 2023.

Whenever you complete your forms, answer the questions as if it was census night (Tuesday 7 March 2023). In other words, if you complete your forms earlier than this, pretend that it is Tuesday 7 March 2023.

  • For example, there is a question that asks what kinds of work you have done without pay in the last 4 weeks. Your answer should be about the 4 weeks before Tuesday, 7 March 2023.

Tips for completing the census online

Once you start each form, keep going until you finish it

For your privacy and security:

  • you cannot save your progress in an unfinished form
  • each form will ‘time out’ or disappear if you leave it for 20 minutes.

So if you leave a form unfinished for more than 20 minutes, or you close your browser, you will need to start that form again.

Use the guide notes

You will see a question mark icon next to many of the census questions.

Tap or click on this for extra context about the question, and tips for answering it.

You can also find similar details about each question on this website.

You have completed the census when you have finished all your forms

In a private dwelling, that means:

  • a Dwelling Form
  • an Individual Form for every person staying in the dwelling on census night.

In a non-private dwelling, that means:

  • an Individual Form for every person staying in your non-private dwelling accommodation on census night.

After census day, we will follow up with dwellings which have not completed the census

Some people may complete the census after we have sent a letter, but before the letter has arrived at their address.

If your dwelling receives a reminder letter but has completed the census, please ignore the letter. You have done what you need to do.

If you are not sure if you have completed the census, or if you have any questions, contact us.

Thank you for taking part in the 2023 Census

By doing the census, you help create a clearer picture of what you, your family, and your community need.

By knowing these needs, government agencies, councils, iwi, community groups and businesses can plan how to respond to them.

Your census answers, combined with everyone else's, help groups like these help us all.