I'm going to count for something in Australia


I'm currently enjoying the Australian "winter" as I travel around the region talking to SAS customers for the SAS Insight Series.  It just so happens that I was in Perth, Western Australia for Australia's Census Night.   Because I was in the country on this special day, I was compelled to complete a census form.    I found my form in my hotel room in Perth (perhaps left there personally by the Australian Statistician), and I was expected to turn it back to hotel reception, completed.

Census form from AustraliaI was happy to complete the form and thus become a statistic in Australia's permanent census records.  In addition to being sort of a geeky story to share at home, it gave me something to talk about when I met with the Australian Bureau of Statistics.   Like most of the national stats organizations, the ABS is a big SAS shop.   They are also a large beneficiary of the census process, which happens once every 5 years here in Australia.


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Chris Hemedinger

Senior Manager, SAS Online Communities

+Chris Hemedinger is the manager of SAS Online Communities. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies.  He also hosts the SAS Tech Talk webcasts each year from SAS Global Forum, connecting viewers with smart people from SAS R&D and the impressive work that they do.


  1. You're in Australia & I'm on the Turtle Mountain reservation. If it was winter here I'd hate you but it's actually very beautiful in the summer. Australia still sounds cool.

    • Chris Hemedinger
      Chris Hemedinger on

      North Dakota sounds like a fine place to spend the US summer weeks. When my trip is over, I might need to calculate just what I missed in terms of "degree days".

  2. Evan Stubbs

    Just think - on the off chance your great-great-great ancestors decide to lodge a freedom of information request to find out who you were, they'll be able to get all your responses verbatim! Assuming you ticked that box at the end, that is ...

    • Chris Hemedinger
      Chris Hemedinger on

      I did tick the box, so my descendants and the public at-large will have free and unfettered access to my data in 99 years. I expect they will analyze it using SAS Version 43.5, via SAS Enterprise Guide version 28.2. Probably using PROC MAGICANSWER.

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