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Census expected to be back up after outage

AAP logoAAP 9/08/2016

Those who were unable to complete their census forms after the Australian Bureau of Statistics website crashed overnight should be able to access the site on Wednesday.

Australia's first online census came to a crashing halt on Tuesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics website went down completely in a temporary outage.

However the ABS said on Tuesday night it was working to restore the site as a matter or urgency, with the site expected to be back up and running on Wednesday.

While Australians have until mid-September to complete the census without incurring a fine, the ABS said people were still encouraged to fill out the form as soon as they could.

About 1.3 million people successfully completed the form until the outage at around 7.30pm (AEST) on Tuesday.

The ABS confirmed the crash was due to the high volume of users accessing the site.

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