2017 Census Test

A Census Test is happening during September and October 2017. This is to allow us to try out proposed questions and to help us get ready for the next census in 2021.

Before you start

If you have received a letter, you can take part in the 2017 Census Test:

  • select ‘Start Questionnaire’
  • enter your unique online access code
  • complete the questions

Start Questionnaire

Additional information


NISRA have sent paper questionnaires to households to ask them again to take part in the Census Test. People who get one of those can either use the paper copy or go online to fill it in. If you’ve already completed your questionnaire, thank you - please disregard these reminders.

Why are we carrying out a Census Test now?

The Census Test asks questions about you and your household. We are testing questions to make sure that the 2021 Census questionnaire is as easy as possible to complete.

Why did I receive a letter?

Your household was selected at random from a list of all addresses in Northern Ireland.  Your participation is completely voluntary.

Who in my household should complete the questionnaire?

Up to two people aged 16 or over can complete the questionnaire. If you are the only person aged 16 or over, then only you should complete the questionnaire.

Who will see my information?

Your personal information will be kept confidential and protected by law.

What is the census?

The census is a survey of everyone in Northern Ireland. It counts people and housing, and allows us to understand the characteristics of the people who live here. The next census in Northern Ireland will be in 2021.

Who runs the census?

The census in Northern Ireland is organised by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA).

How does the census help me?

The census provides information on all of us. Government uses it to fairly share out funding to make policies, and to plan and run public services. So it is vital that we get this right.

Help in other languages

Invite letters

Alternative language versions of the invite letter are available:

Reminder letters

Alternative language versions of the reminder letter are available:

If you still have questions please contact us by email or phone

Email: 2017CensusTest@nisra.gov.uk

Phone: 0300 200 7836 (Available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm)