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Govt wants all Queenslanders accounted for

AAP logoAAP 4/08/2016 Darren Cartwright

About 150,000 more households will be taking part in the national census in Queensland than in 2011 and Treasurer Curtis Pitt wants everyone to take part to ensure the state receives its fair share of federal funding.

Mr Pitt says the state was dudded about $400 million in federal government funding following the 2011 census and he hopes those residents are included on Tuesday.

"It's been estimated that every person in our state who is not counted in the census could potentially cost Queensland $5300 across the range of federally funded schemes," Mr Pitt told AAP.

"In the 2011 census, the estimated 1.8 per cent under count of Queensland's population was equivalent to around 77,200 people and would be worth around $400 million to the state."

He said one of the biggest oversights is in indigenous areas and pointed to an under count across the state of people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin at almost 17 per cent or 31,400 residents.

In his own electorate in north Queensland, Mr Pitt says one indigenous council was well down on population estimates.

"The Yarrabah Council is said to have a population of around 3000 but local estimates suggest the real figure may be closer to 5000 living within the council boundaries," Mr Pitt said.

"That's why I am especially urging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to ensure they are properly counted in this census and that will only happen if all members of the communities fill in the census online or use the paper version."

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there have been 152,571 new dwellings, including 95,029 houses, built in Queensland between September, 2011 and March, 2016.

The census will not only assist the state government in receiving federal funding but it also provides a snapshot of where best to place resources and invest in new infrastructure.

"Like other levels of government we use the census for delivering services and infrastructure and planning for future community needs across the state," he said.

The census will be conducted on Tuesday, August 9 and anyone not filling it out could face a fine of $180 a day.

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