A Census gathers information on population and housing. In most Pacific countries and territories, a Census is carried out every 5 or 10 years. A Census is likely to be the most comprehensive survey a country carries out, as it covers each member of the population, rather than collecting data from a representative sample. Census data enable policy-makers to make informed and relevant decisions, based on current and projected trends.

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Household Income and Expenditure Surveys

Household income and expenditure surveys (HIESs) provide information on people’s living conditions and income/expenditure patterns. Data from HIESs are used for rebasing a country’s consumer price index, in the preparation of national accounts and to analyse poverty and hardship in communities.

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Demographic and Health Surveys

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs) collect information on population, health and nutrition. Ideally, DHSs are carried out every five years and cover subjects including fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, and diseases. DHS results inform countries’ population policies, health plans, human development reports, development strategies and national Millennium Development Goal (MDG) reports.

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PICTs Major Statistical Collections 2018-2022

xlsxPICTS Census and Survey 2018-2022, May 201815 KB

Updated by Collections Team, SDD, 17 May 2018 (next schedule update: 30/06/18)

PACIFIC ISLAND COUNTRIES 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2022+
American Samoa Business Agric PHC     HIES (2025)
Cook Islands LFS     PHC; Agric   LFS (2023)
Fiji HIES; MICS DHS; Agric LFS      
French Polynesia         PHC  
Federated States of Micronesia HIES   PHC DHS   HIES (2023)
Guam HIES Agric PHC      
Kiribati DHS&MICS HIES PHC Disab Agric  LFS (2023) 
Marshall Islands HIES PHC        
New Caledonia HIES; LFS PHC; LFS DHS; LFS LFS; migration LFS LFS (annually)
Niue   Agric   PHC; LFS    
Northern Mariana Islands   Agric        
Palau HIES PHC; Agric   DHS  
Papua New Guinea   HIES PHC      
Samoa HIES Agric   PHC    
Solomon Islands LFS PHC HIES   DHS; Agric  
Tokelau HIES     PHC    
Tonga LFS; Disab DHS HIES PHC   Agric (2025)
Tuvalu     DHS&MICS HIES; LFS PHC Disab
Vanuatu HIES PHC; LFS Agric      
Wallis & Futuna PHC HIES        


  1. When more than one statistical collection occurs in the same year, the order of collection is to be confirmed by the relevant National Statistics Office
  2. Agric = Agricultural census / survey Business = Business survey DHS = Demographic and health survey Disab = Disability survey HIES = Household income and expenditure survey LFS = Labour force survey MICS = Multiple indicator cluster survey Migration = Migration survey PHC = Population and housing census