News and events

Latest news from the 2021 Census in Northern Ireland.

2021 Census news

6 November - 2017 Census Test

The 2017 Census Test is now complete.

NISRA would like to say thank you to everyone who took part in the 2017 Census Test. You’ve played an important part in helping us make sure the 2021 Census is a success.

17 October - 2017 Census Test

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.

To complete online just go to www.nisra.gov.uk/censustest, select ‘Start Questionnaire’, enter the unique online access code printed on your paper questionnaire and complete the questions.

Taking part in this test will directly influence the design of the 2021 Census. The Census Test questionnaire should only take about five minutes per person to complete.

2 October - 2017 Census Test

NISRA have sent letters to households to remind people about the Census Test and to ask them again to take part. If you’ve already completed your questionnaire, thank you - please ignore the letter.

Taking part in this test will directly influence the design of the 2021 Census. The Census Test questionnaire should only take about five minutes per person to complete.

If you have received a letter, please consider taking part. Just go to www.nisra.gov.uk/censustest, select ‘Start Questionnaire’, enter your unique online access code and complete the questions.

28 September - Address checking exercise

NISRA is changing the way we collect and record addresses for properties in Northern Ireland for our address register. We’ve been using new methods and new information sources to develop and update our address register. We have been checking our register in the office but we now need to check the accuracy of that work on the ground in preparation for the 2021 Census.

The NISRA address register contains a list of Northern Ireland addresses derived from data supplied by a range of public bodies. During October 2017 NISRA staff will be checking the information we hold in a small number of areas selected at random. This check will involve our staff carrying out a visual check of properties to verify that the address details we hold are correct. We are not concerned with who lives at an address but simply whether the address characteristics match those that we hold. Staff will not be calling at addresses.

All our staff carry official identification. If you require any further information on this please contact us by email or phone.

Email: census@nisra.gov.uk

Phone: 028 9025 5156 (Available Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm)

Notification letter

A copy of the notification letter sent out to households and businesses in the selected areas is available to download.

18 September - 2017 Census Test

NISRA organises and conducts the census in Northern Ireland. It needs to assess a range of elements planned for the 2021 questionnaire to ensure that it asks the right questions.

During September and October 2017, a Census Test is taking place across 15,000 randomly-selected addresses in Northern Ireland. If you’re invited to take part, please do so as it’s an exciting opportunity to shape the future of the census.

Taking part in this test will directly influence the design of the 2021 Census. The Census Test questionnaire should only take about five minutes per person to complete.

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Products and services

Opportunities for providing the products and services we require to support the delivery of the next census in Northern Ireland will be listed on the ‘News’ section of the eTenderNI site.

Keeping up to date

If you haven't already done so, we would recommend that you subscribe to our census mailing list to keep up to date will all the latest news.

To subscribe to the census mailing list all you need to do is send us a message with 'SUBSCRIBE' as the subject\title.

Email: census@nisra.gov.uk

2021 Census events

There are no current events scheduled for the 2021 Census in Northern Ireland.

Recent events

Topic consultation events

NISRA organised three 2021 Census topic consultation events in 2015. The topic consultation event presentation and summary report are available to download.