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Qld show revellers should do census early

AAP logoAAP 4/08/2016 Darren Cartwright

Show Day eve party goers should take advantage of laws allowing them to fill out their census early, says Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt.

The 2016 census on August 9 is also the eve of the annual Royal Brisbane Show holiday when young revellers head out to Brisbane's entertainment precincts.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is allowing people to fill in their census before next Tuesday.

"The ABS has said it is possible to go on line before Tuesday and complete the census if you have your log-in ID contained in the letter they are distributing to all households," Mr Pitt told AAP.

"So if anyone thinks other events may distract them and prevent them from being counted they should take advantage of that option."

Overall, about 150,000 more households will be taking part in the national census in Queensland than in 2011 and Mr Pitt says its imperative everyone is included on the forms.

He says the state missed out on about $400 million in federal government funding following the 2011 census because not all residents were accounted for.

"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 said.

"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."

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