2021 Census - Proposals Document

Date published: 03 April 2019


This document sets out the Registrar General’s proposals for the design and conduct of the 2021 Census in Northern Ireland.   The Proposals Document sets out the range of topics which it is intended to include on the census questionnaire including the changes proposed since the last census in 2011.  It explains how people can fill out their census questionnaire, with the emphasis on completion online.

The document also describes plans to ensure that everyone takes part in the census, including a range of ways to help people complete the census questionnaire, plans for community liaison, a publicity campaign and plans to employ field staff to follow up people who haven’t responded.


Further information on the key elements of the 2021 Census can be found on the NISRA website.  NISRA has also published the following supporting document:

2017 Census Test report