Census meltdown cost $30 million and I’m really, truly sorry says ABS chief

Census meltdown cost $30 million and I'm really, truly sorry says ABS chief

The head of the Bureau of Statistics has apologised for poor judgement and testing the patience of Australians during the 2016 census, and revealed that the failure of the digital system cost taxpayers $30 million. Reading from a prepared statement at the start of a Senate estimates hearing, David Kalisch said he wanted to thank the Australian population for “their forbearance and diligence” in completing the census which was taken offline at what would have been the peak period for submitting forms.

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“The ABS tested the patience and commitment of many households especially through the difficulties accessing the call centre and the unavailability of the census online form for nearly 2 days,” he said.”We made a difficult decision to take the system off line on August 9 to ensure the security of census data, but we should not have got to that point, and the system should have been robust to denial of service events.”

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