2021 Census: Topic Consultation for Northern Ireland

Closed 17 Dec 2015

Opened 25 Sep 2015

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The Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency needs your help with planning the 2021 Census in Northern Ireland. As part of this process, we have launched this topic consultation, which is open to everyone. You can give your feedback as an individual or on behalf of an organisation until 17 December 2015.

Taking part is easy. Background information and guidance, our current proposals, and your opportunity to give feedback are all in one place. You can comment on all suggested topics, or just one, or tell us what we’ve missed.

Our society is constantly evolving; and the information our users want from the census may change, too. This is why your feedback is so important.

What do I need to do?

  • Read through the consultation document.
  • You can respond as an individual or as an organisation.
  • Please only respond to the specific topics you require data on.
  • Tell us as much as you can about how and why you use census data.
  • Full guidance on completion is available on the contents page.


What Happens Next

NISRA plans to publish a full report on this topic consultation in early 2016. Your feedback will lead to further research and consultations about topics and the best questions to ask.

The exact content of the 2021 Census will only be finalised after further research, testing and consultation and will ultimately be subject to the approval of the Northern Ireland Assembly through secondary legislation.  



  • Government Department
  • Local Government
  • Statutory Body
  • Private Sector
  • Research
  • Charity, Community and Voluntary
  • Utility
  • Press/media
  • Genealogist/Family Historian


  • Census
  • Population Statistics
  • Household Statistics
  • Demography
  • Ethnicity
  • Identity
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Health
  • Housing and Accommodation
  • Migration
  • Qualifications
  • Labour Market
  • Travel to Work
  • Travel to Study
  • Income
  • Sexual Identity