DSEC Appeals to the Public to Use Online Census Questionnaire

2021Population Census

In view of the latest development of the pandemic of novel coronavirus pneumonia, the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) has adjusted the data collection arrangements for the 2021 Population Census and will fully implement online data collection. DSEC appeals to the public to provide information online or via telephone to reduce face-to-face contacts.

The decennial Population Census will launch this Saturday (7 August), covering all households in Macao. In light of the change in the pandemic situation and in line with the pandemic prevention and control measures introduced by the SAR Government, DSEC will suspend door-to-door data collection by Census officers and encourages the public to provide information online or by telephone. Households of over 270,000 residential, industrial and commercial units in Macao are receiving the Census notification letter from DSEC starting from 2 August. Households may provide information between 7 and 21 August through one of the following means:

1. Use online questionnaire

Households may fill in the online questionnaire by scanning the QR code on the notification letter or questionnaire, or through the webpage of the 2021 Population Census (https://www.dsec.gov.mo/Censos2021). For information on applying for access to the online questionnaire, please refer to the “Notes for Households” enclosed in the notification letter or the Census webpage.

2. Conduct a telephone interview by calling the Census officer

Households may call the Census officer assigned to their unit to conduct a telephone interview. Details and the work phone number of the Census officer can be obtained by scanning the QR code on the notification letter or questionnaire.

3. Schedule a telephone interview

Households may schedule a telephone interview by calling the Census Hotline at 8809 8809.

Households that complete the online questionnaire by one of the above-mentioned methods will automatically be entered into the Early Completion for Greater Chance of Winning Lucky Draw to win great prizes.

DSEC stresses that they will not take the initiative to contact households by telephone or email for data collection. The Census questionnaire does not collect information on ID card number or bank accounts, and DSEC urges the public to beware of scams. Besides, online questionnaire data are encrypted during transmission to ensure security and confidentiality of data.

In accordance with the Administrative Regulation no. 6/2021 – “2021 Population Census Regime”, all Census respondents are obliged to provide the required information within the specified period. Under the Dispatch no. 242/GM/99 – “Statistical Confidentiality”, all information provided by the respondents will be kept in strict confidence and the results will only be published in aggregate form after data processing. DSEC appeals to the public to support the Census and provide accurate information. For more information on the Census, please visit the webpage of the 2021 Population Census (https://www.dsec.gov.mo/Censos2021) or call the Census Hotline at 8809 8809.

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