Students invited to tell the ABS what is on their minds

THE Australian Bureau of Statistics wants to know what's on the minds of the nation's young people.

Students in years 5-12 have been invited to take part in the ABS's 2013 CensusAtSchool Questionnaire.

CensusAtSchool, a free and voluntary online questionnaire and analysis resource, allows students to submit real data about everyday interests and opinions on various environmental and social issues.

It asks students about such things as their eye colour, how they engage with technology, and their opinions on social and environmental issues.

Since its national launch by the ABS in 2006, about one in 4 Australian schools have participated.

Last year more 21,000 students participated.

Australian Statistician Brian Pink said the questionnaire was an interesting way to teach students the importance of statistics.

"Last year we found that Australian students identified reducing bullying in schools as their most important issue, it will be interesting to see if this remains the case in 2013," Mr Pink said.

The CensusAtSchool questionnaire will remain open until July 19 and can be completed on the ABS website.

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