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    Quote Originally Posted by witherwings View Post
    DH submitted ours last week. I'm so glad we didn't wait til tonight! I think the website crashing tonight was pretty obvious. So stupid. They should have made it clear to people that it's ok to fill in the form early.
    I don't think people should be able to fill in the form early. Late yes, early no. You don't necessarily know for sure everyone that will be staying at your house on a specific night in the future... What if a kid has a sleepover? Or hubby gets drunk and spends the night at his mates? Or someone ends up in hospital? Or you win lotto and go to Hawaii?

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    I did ours Sunday night as I could guarantee you we would be all home on a school night and to be honest it really should say who "usually" resides at the home - as you are right in that people on holidays or drunk in a gutter who are usually at home are not counted and they should be so we get a true idea of statistics

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    @VicPark - Agreed, it's supposed to be data captured on the same night for everyone. That's why it asks questions about today specifically and also asks about work last week. If I filled it in early it would have been wrong because I became ill and had to take time off which is very unusual for me. I can't even remember when I last had a sick day so wouldn't have anticipated that at all.

    Unless you can predict the future it would be hard to do! I also didn't want to wait to do it because then I'm relying on my shocking memory.

    The solution to successfully completing the census shouldn't be people doing it on different nights. People expecting it to fail and doing it on other nights just creates more inaccurate data and makes the whole thing pointless. Very annoying!!!
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    I completed ours at lunchtime today and saved it, then went back in earlier this evening and submitted it after confirming a couple if things with DH, no problems at all here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VicPark View Post
    I don't think people should be able to fill in the form early. Late yes, early no. You don't necessarily know for sure everyone that will be staying at your house on a specific night in the future... What if a kid has a sleepover? Or hubby gets drunk and spends the night at his mates? Or someone ends up in hospital? Or you win lotto and go to Hawaii?
    Win lotto & go to Hawaii! Yes please!

    I see your point, but with the online form option, surely they knew this would happen and should have been more prepared..? I think for most people, if they have a regular routine of going to work a certain way, having everyone home in the evening in bed, and all the usual people being there, it's ok to do it early? It's a weeknight too, Tuesday night's likely for most Australians to be at home, not at the pub or having sleepovers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lil M View Post
    I completed ours at lunchtime today and saved it, then went back in earlier this evening and submitted it after confirming a couple if things with DH, no problems at all here.
    That's actually a really good idea! Will do that next time!

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    I just don't know why they couldn't send the paper version and give us the option of going online if we wanted to.
    It would have saved a LOT of panic and unnecessary worry.
    They just sprung it on everyone.
    I feel sorry for the oldies, always being reminded the world is moving on without them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    I just don't know why they couldn't send the paper version and give us the option of going online if we wanted to.
    It would have saved a LOT of panic and unnecessary worry.
    They just sprung it on everyone.
    I feel sorry for the oldies, always being reminded the world is moving on without them.
    Just on this. We live in an estate that is predominantly elderly (until a few years ago it was only over 55s allowed to buy here). I was pleasantly surprised to discover we were all given paper forms without having to ask, we had the option to do it either way.

    I agree they should of just done that for everyone "just in case". I think it's unfair to threaten fines for being late, having the system crash and having people become genuinely distressed and worried.

    Needless to say I did mine on paper it took about 10 minutes and was no less convenient than online, actually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phony View Post
    I just don't know why they couldn't send the paper version and give us the option of going online if we wanted to.
    It would have saved a LOT of panic and unnecessary worry.
    They just sprung it on everyone.
    I feel sorry for the oldies, always being reminded the world is moving on without them.
    I live rurally and we were given the paper form with the option to go online. Needless to say I did the paper one, seemed the easier option actually. Waited until last night to seal it up just in case of any changes and it'll go in today's post. Done.

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    So ABS said their website was attacked by hackers last night hence its failure.

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